He doesn’t make monkeys he just trains 'em.
We’re totally dating ourselves here, but it’s been three decades since Pee-Wee Herman burst through the puffy red upholstered door of his playhouse and changed our lives forever. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was next level. It taught us important life skills like vocal chord manipulation and how to make ice cream soup. It was also one of the first memorable mile markers on our creative timeline. The show and it’s merry band of characters connected the dots of the car that drove us deeper into our imaginations – a place where anthropomorphic furniture was bae and tin cans on strings could dial outer space (PW basically invented Skype, y’all).
The set design probably dazzled us most.
The lava lamp columns, mismatched wallpaper patterns, and open floor plan made it feel like we had a hand in its creation.
Recently, we stumbled upon a gem of a documentary called Beauty is Embarrassing about the man who breathed a lot of the psychedelic whimsy into PWPH. His name is Wayne White and he totally owns tiny pieces of our souls (in a good way).
White says he didn’t know shit about building puppets, but he designed and voiced some of our favorites like Floory, Dirty Dog and Randy (yeah, Randy!).
Nowadays, White is best known for his hyper-realistic word paintings. Fun phrases and words like FANFUCKINGTASTIC and SUGAR TIT have jazzily Botoxed the faces of lackluster thrift store art.
Traces of his Pee Wee days creep into his retro pastoral scenes from time to time though.
Geez, this blog is making us so nostalgic. We wish Pee-Wee would just come back already.
Wish granted: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is coming to Netflix March 18th! Hooray!