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The Return of Pee-Wee

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Our columnist's current pop-cultural obsession.
Pee-Wee Herman
Pee-Wee Herman

I'm typing this on my friend Keyboardy ... while sitting in my friend Chairy ... while listening to my friend iPoddy ... and ... OK, I'll stop now. But I'll start being this stupid again when I catch the next "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" -- tonight, probably, since it's airing at 11 p.m. Monday-Thursdays on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim."

I forgot how much I missed not only Chairy, but Jambi (the genie), Clocky (the clock), Conky (the robot) and Penny (the cartoon girl), not to mention Cowboy Curtis (played by a young Laurence Fishburne) and Captain Carl (the late, great Phil Hartman). "Pee-Wee" creator Paul Reubens, whose series' run was cut tragically short (in 1991, after five years) by some unfortunate legal troubles, is, quite simply, a genius for the ages. His giddy, wryly hilarious, completely lunatic kids-show-for-grown-ups still feels fresh 20 years after its birth.
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