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Pop Culture Icons Pee-Wee Herman And Elvira Were Both Born In The Same Place

Pop Culture Icons Pee-Wee Herman And Elvira Were Both Born In The Same Place

Forget the pleasantries, today sucks. Paul Reubens, best known for his incomparable work as Pee-wee Herman, has passed away. The weird, wacky, and wonderful comedy figure is one of the most influential creatives ever to do it, and left in his wake is an irreplaceable void of silly, absurdist joy. Reubens’ created the character of Pee-wee Herman while performing with The Groundlings, the legendary improvisational comedy troupe boasting alumni like Laraine Newman, Pat Morita, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Lovitz, Adrienne Barbeau, Conan O’Brien, Phil Hartman, Phil LaMarr, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Will Forte, Annie Mumolo, Kaitlin Olson, Edi Patterson, Tony Cavalero, and a ridiculous number of other eventual “Saturday Night Live” players.

Pee-wee Herman was an immediate hit and led to Reubens writing, producing, directing, and starring in “The Pee-wee Herman Show.” He quickly became a household name, and the Pee-wee character would get another show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” and a trilogy of films: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Big Top Pee-wee,” and “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” Inarguably, Pee-wee Herman is the most successful (and truly iconic) character to come out of The Groundlings. Sure, there have been some ridiculously impressive alumni, but in terms of a comedy character, Pee-wee is undoubtedly at the top. However, if anyone came close, it was Reubens’ real-life best friend Cassandra Peterson’s character, the illustrious Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

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