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tUnE-yArDs channels 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' for 'Water Fountain' music video

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Here’s your mid-week nostalgia fix, courtesy of tUnE-yArDs.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, that wonderfully weird cult kids show of the late ’80s, serves as inspiration for the band’s “Water Fountain” music video, and it’s quite charming.  While not an exact recreation of Pee-Wee Herman‘s sweet digs, the play land coming from the brains of  tUnE-yArDs’ frontwoman Merrill Garbus and director Joel Kefali pays technicolor homage to that Sphinx-topped abode of yore. There are puppets, a cooking segment, and even a Chairy-like couch and dancing robot, a la Conky. Take a look:
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Watch 'Rugrats' star E.G. Daily on 'The Voice'

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If you happened to land on tonight’s second auditions episode of The Voice and noticed the spirited blonde lady singing Faith Hill’s “Breathe” sounded a lot like Tommy Pickles from Rugrats, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, Babe (that pig, in the sequel), or the voice of Jake Harper on the Two and a Half Men theme song, that’s no coincidence — she’s done ‘em all!

Country-pop singer E.G. Daily (a.k.a. Elizabeth Daily and Elizabeth Ann Guttman), 51, has been acting and voice-acting since high school. Check out her Voice audition — plus a throwback to her important work as Dottie in 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure — below: READ FULL STORY

Who is the coolest character from 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'?

There’s simply no other way to put it: Pee-wee’s Playhouse was a totally bizarre television show, especially when you consider that it was made for children. An effeminate, over-sized man-child ran around like a loon in a giant, surreal house that featured a rotating cast of characters and puppets even wackier than him? Yes, surely, that was Pee-wee’s Playhouse, indeed.

But that description actually brings us to the important thing about Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the thing that made the show so darn addictive and special: its cast of insane, memorable characters, all of which fall into two camps. The humans, led by master-of-ceremonies Pee-wee, of course, and pretty-pretty Miss Yvonne and aww-shucks-ish Cowboy Carl. And then there were all the puppets and object characters, ranging from Clockey, the talking clock, to Pterri, the sweet pterodactyl. Everyone had a distinct and important role on the show. But who was the coolest? Well, the obvious answer would be, of course, Pee-wee. But maybe it’s not quite that easy? We’ve broken down a handful of the faves (sorry if yours didn’t make the list — there are literally dozens on the show!) below:

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Pee-wee Herman-Lorenzo Lamas photo op: Let's play a game of word association!

Paul Reubens’ 48-performance Broadway run of the The Pee-wee Herman Show (based in part on Pee-wee’s Playhouse) begins Oct. 26, but in the meantime, he’s hanging out with bikers again. I’ve had this image of odd couple Pee-Wee and Lorenzo Lamas at South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally open in my prime eighth-tab-from-the-right position for a while now, and it amuses me greatly. But to be honest, every time it pops up I have an overwhelming urge to reach into the computer and remove that red headband. It’s just not right! If anyone should be Bret Michaels-ing it up here it’s Lorenzo. But I suppose the bandana could help Pee-wee blend in if he happens to tip over a bunch of bikes like dominoes.

What’s the first word that comes to mind upon seeing this photo? As it is now after 6 p.m., mine is without question “Tequila!”

The cheery, Chairry poster for Broadway-bound 'Pee-wee Herman Show'

Peewee-On-BroadwayI know you’re excited, but what am I? The producers of The Pee-wee Herman Show have released the official poster for the limited-run production, which begins performances at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Oct. 26 in advance of an official Nov. 11 opening. EW’s Adam B. Vary was somewhat mixed in his review of the version of the show that played in L.A. earlier this year. He gushed about “that initial rush of childlike joy” on seeing Pee-wee performing again but ultimately worried that “day-glo nostalgia is all that he has left to offer.”

No doubt the show’s creators are tweaking the production prior to its arrival in New York. And this poster colorfully evokes Pee-wee’s unique blend of homage and parody of innocent ’50s-era children’s entertainers. In fact, it looks as if it was created with an old Colorforms set (anyone remember those?) I can’t wait to see old favorites like Chairry and Miss Yvonne (still portrayed by Lynne Marie Stewart) live on stage. I do have to wonder, though, just how old — or retouched — that image of Paul Reubens is. After all, the actor turns 58 next month. But as Pee-wee himself once said, “The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back!”

Who else can’t wait to see Pee-wee on Broadway?

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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Pee-wee Herman is Broadway bound

pee-wee-hermanImage Credit: Kevin Scanlon/Getty ImagesAfter a successful run in Los Angeles earlier this year, The Pee-wee Herman Show — Paul Reuben’s re-vamped re-visit of the 1981 stage show that launched his beloved character Pee-wee into the pop-culture firmament — is heading to the Great White Way. The one-act production will play a six-week engagement at the Stephen Sondheim theater, starting in previews Oct. 26, officially opening Nov. 11, and running through Dec. 5. (Tickets go on sale June 1 via Telecharge.com, and will run from $65 to $120.)

When I saw The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia in downtown L.A. in January, I thought it was simply uncanny how quickly that sense of childhood joy I remembered from watching Pee Wee’s Playhouse on TV as a kid came rushing back the moment Reubens stepped on stage in his tight grey suit and bright red bow-tie. The stage design was a perfect recreation of the TV show’s set, from the jagged front door upholstered in ruby vinyl to the oversized puppets Chairry, Mr. Window, Magic Screen, and Conky the beat-box robot. And seeing Jambi the genie, still played by John Paragon, say “mekalekahi meka hiney ho” was a real thrill. As the show moved on, though, I began to feel like day-glo nostalgia was all Reubens had to offer — the show stayed surprisingly close to the 1981 original stage production. Here’s hoping Pee-wee’s big Broadway adventure allows Reubens to spread his creative wings and take the antic scamp to brand new creative heights.

Are you jazzed for the return of Pee-wee, Popwatchers?

OK Go's Rube Goldberg video: Does it top Pee-Wee?

Congratulations, OK Go, you have made another cool and buzzworthy video:

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This Week on Stage: I know you're excited about 'The Pee-wee Herman Show' but what am I?

In case you haven’t heard, Pee-wee Herman is currently making quite the comeback! Specifically, right now, Paul Reubens is staging a show in L.A. with his former childlike-but-grown-up persona as the subject. EW’s Adam B. Vary reviewed the production, awarding it a B grade and saying that, while watching, “feelings of goodwill for Pee-wee Herman come rushing back.” Meanwhile, back in New York City, a revival of Noël Coward’s play Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as narcissistic stage legend Garry Essendine, opened. “For the most part, however,” I said in my review of the show,” Present Laughter lives up to its name.” Laughter earned itself a B-.

If you’re looking for some live theater, check out the EW.com Stage hub for up-to-date news and reviews; or consult this handy guide below, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows. (Note: The reviews are typically of the show’s original casts.)

BROADWAY

The Addams Family — Musical; opens 4/8/2010

All About Me — Musical Revue starring Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein; opens 3/18/10

American Idiot — Musical; opens 4/20/2010

A Behanding in Spokane — Comedy starring Christopher Walken; opens 3/4/10

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+

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