Conan O'Brien invites Pee-wee Herman over to air out his balloon

Some people just have an incredible knack for making the mildest acts look creepy. Exhibit A: Pee-wee Herman. Last night, Conan O’Brien‘s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour returned for its second straight night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. As expected, the red-headed comic sang and laid down the funny. Not so expected, though, was a guest appearance by the owner of television’s weirdest playhouse ever, Pee-wee.

After teasing about his upcoming tour, Herman had something he wanted the crowd to see. “This is a little something I’d like you to see right now,” he said. “It’s a special talent of mine.” Don’t worry. What followed was childish — not X-rated. Check out how Pewee squeaked out some uncomfortable laughs with his balloon after the jump.

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  • ian g

    most comedians come up with new material, new acts, new identities. this guy is clinging to pee-wee herman. very sad.

    • Idiot

      Your very sad

      • ian g

        Idiot.

        ahahahahahha. oh man. there’s no need to insult him, he’ll do it himself!

      • Another Idiot

        I know you are but what am I

      • Rooster Hater

        Hey “Idiot”,

        Learn how to spell. It’s you’re, your. Typical Conan fan.

  • Madd

    I was there! If you heard a grown man scream “PEE WEE!!!!!!!!”, that was my husband.

  • Ceballos

    “Some people just have an incredible knack for making the mildest acts look creepy. Exhibit A: Pee-wee Herman.”

    Exhibit B: Michael Emerson (and I love the guy for it!)

    • Katja

      So true! Emerson reading “Little Boy Blue” on Jimmy Fallon was amazingly scary.

    • Madd

      Yes!!! Did you see him on Letterman? “I have to go to Target…to get socks.”
      I miss Lost soooooooo much.

  • Heather

    Pee Wee Herman Kind of looks like Micahel Emerson, Coincidence?

  • meepos

    Uh…Ian G? Where have you been? Reubens hasn’t performed as Pee Wee in quite a long time. That’s why it’s such a big deal. And Pee Wee is a character. It wasn’t a bit that Reubens did as part of a stand-up act. He was never that kind of comic. Furthermore, even regular stand-ups like Seinfeld or Cosby were still the same comics throughout their entire careers. The jokes changed, but the deliveries and subject matters didn’t. It really bugs me when people who know absolutely nothing about comedy decide to comment on comedy.

    • ian g

      1) letting air out of a balloon is comedy to you.

      2) Reubens performed PeeWee Herman with Conan on the Tonight Show, and has been for the past few months. this is not his first appearance. as a matter of fact, he announced in 2009 that he was becoming PeeWee herman again for his renewed show.

      4) it’d be different if i was commenting on comedy. i’m not. i’m commenting on this guy, who isn’t funny (at least, not funny any longer).

      5) Seinfeld and Cosby’s careers weren’t halted by the discovery of child pornography in their houses. they didn’t have to stop their comedy acts, unlike Reubens, who disappeared for nearly 14 years.

      6) i might not know much about comedy, but i debate with logic. degrade my comments and myself if you’d like, but you’re pulling for the horse that humps children.

      3)

      • ian g

        3) adam west will punch you in your face. tomorrow.

      • michele

        Hmmm, Ian G, I’d get your sources straight before you start throwing rumors around like truths. But then to make it fair I’ll just go ahead and assume that you get a weekly subscription to National Enquirer to be up on all your “facts.”

        Funny or not, this is not even the entire spot he did, and it was funny to be in the audience for this bit.

        Now his sense of humor may not be for everyone, and that is fine. But “clinging” is definitely the wrong word to use. After 20 years a lot of people are ecstatic that Reubens is revisiting this character. And, for the record, his stage show in L.A. was absolutely brilliant. Even the biggest sourpuss would laugh their arse off.

      • Peter

        Disappeared for 14 years? His arrest was in 1991. He was in Batman Returns and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992, Nightmare Before Christmas in ’93, a semi-regular on Murphy Brown in ’95, Mystery Men in ’99, and Blow in 2001, to name the highest-profile ones. The later charges you mention were false and dropped.

  • LOL

    I’m with Coco!

  • Hungarian Mango

    Ok, so this was a totally, well I don’t know, just stupid in a sad way.

  • Dilly

    Gotta love that WaCkY PeeWee!

  • Peter

    Now *this* is brilliant! Someone actually called the Colbert-Stewart thing yesterday “subtle”. No, *this* is subtle.

  • izikavazo

    Pee-Wee Herman in small doses can be hilarious… that’s all I’m willing to say.

  • michele

    Hmmm, Ian G, I’d get your sources straight before you start throwing rumors around like truths. But then to make it fair I’ll just go ahead and assume that you get a weekly subscription to National Enquirer to be up on all your “facts.”

    Funny or not, this is not even the entire spot he did, and it was funny to be in the audience for this.

    Now his sense of humor may not be for everyone, and that is fine. But “clinging” is definitely the wrong word to use. After 20 years a lot of people are ecstatic that Reubens is revisiting this character. And, for the record, his stage show in L.A. was absolutely brilliant. Even the biggest sourpuss would laugh their arse off.

  • Dick Hymen

    that was the best show ive ever been too. pee wees complextion is fantastic, that guy has to be like 70 years old.

  • Sylar

    Conan is great! He’s funny! Anyone who says different is Jay Lenos anal bead.

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