The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 178

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, we present our interview with NJ author Caseen Gaines, writer of the first book about Pee-wee Herman, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon!

In this episode:

  • why Caseen wrote this book,
  • thoughts about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Big Top Pee-wee (1988),
  • the appeal of the TV show to college students,
  • the longevity of Pee-wee’s Playhouse,
  • obtaining interviews for the book using the internet,
  • tons of unique never-before-seen pictures,
  • the Christmas special,
  • the life-size Chairry toy and 40 inch Pee-wee doll,
  • Lynne Stewart “Miss Yvonne” appearing on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,
  • the 2010-2011 Pee-wee Herman live stage show,
  • a future Pee-wee movie with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust,
  • what if there had been a Pee-wee video game back in the 1980s?,
  • the infamous theater incident in Florida,
  • and the legacy of Pee-wee Herman.

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