by Klaus Kinski
One of the most personally heartbreaking celebrity descents occurred in the summer of 1991 when Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman was arrested for lewd behavior after being caught allegedly pleasuring himself in a Sarasota Florida adult movie theater. The charges against him cast a shadow upon my all-too-recent childhood. His infamous mugshot soon replaced the childlike, lovable Pee Wee with a vile biker dude. I was 8 years old when Pee Wee's Big Adventure came out, and following that I watched his television show Pee Wee's Playhouse religiously, probably until late 1989ish. Literally religiously. As a godless heathen-child, Pee Wee was the closest thing to a deity in my life. And there were times early on where I definitely acted like this kid. Anyhow, I was heartbroken. And I know I wasn't alone.
Thanks to tedious and rabid media coverage, I wrote Reubens off as a sicko and a fraud (editor's note: Klaus!?!?). What I didn't realize at the time, or until many years later, was that Reubens was a punching bag for a media machine intent on exposing something nasty and running with it until the masses thirsted for blood. I didn't realize that he had legions of supporters who recognized that things were being blown out of proportion. Slowly but surely, Reubens started gently working his way into my consciousness by showing up in things that I really liked. Of course there was Blow in 2001, and I remember seeing him in Reno 911 and a few other things. But his highly anticipated appearance in the 2007 SF Sketchfest propelled him right back into the place in my heart he had vacated over 17 years earlier. And now, with bygones being bygones, Pee Wee is back in full force at the Stephen Sondheim Theater on Broadway with his live action show The Pee Wee Herman Show which officially opened, after previews that kicked off on October 26th, this week. It runs through January 2nd and brings viewers back in touch with the likes of Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Chairry, Clonky, Clocky, Jambi, Mailman Mike, and all our other favorites. Tickets are on sale and can run you anywhere from $67 to $227.
And we understand that times are tough, so we are giving a pair of tickets to experience The Pee Wee Herman Show! Details on how to with with some videos, below...
Pee-wee Herman Opening Night in New York City
Pee-Wee's recent guest appearance on WWE Raw
Pee Wee Herman Arrives at Jimmy Kimmel Live on His Bicycle
TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE THE PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW: Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Pee Wee). Include your first and last name in the email. A winner will be chosen randomly and contacted.