Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the 1980s. The childlike Pee-wee Herman character developed as a stage act that quickly led to an HBO special in 1981. As the stage performance gained further popularity….Reubens took the character to motion picture with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, toning down the adult innuendo for the appeal of children. This paved the way for Pee-wee’s Playhouse….an Emmy Award-winning children’s series that ran on CBS from 1986 to 1991. Another film, Big Top Pee-wee, was released in 1988
Pee-wee is commonly portrayed as an impatient and fun-loving child with dainty, effeminate mannerisms and quirky facial expressions. His age has never been explicitly stated; although, he once proclaimed on The Pee-wee Herman Show, “I’m the luckiest boy in the world”. David Letterman once said of the character, “What makes me laugh … is that it has the external structure of a bratty little precocious kid….but you know it’s being controlled by the incubus – the manifestation of evil itself”. While the character is typically cheerful and flamboyant…Pee-wee has indeed displayed an aggressive side….including his vicious pool battle with Francis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He also played vengeful tricks in the aforementioned film and occasionally threw childish tantrums on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.