It seems that comedy minds think alike. Like Pee-wee Herman, Jimmy Kimmel too is parodying Melissa Leo’s glam Oscar ads in the Emmy campaign for his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Luckily, a red carpet disaster is averted as the two funny men went for different gowns. And while Pee-wee opted for some good ol’ photoshopping in the Emmy ad for his HBO special, Kimmel went all out, recreating the look by modeling a low-cut black dress that closely resembles Leo’s. In February, Leo famously paid out of her pocket for the two glammed-up shots that she ran as trade ads supporting her Oscar bid for The Fighter, an award she ultimately won (along with all other major movie prizes this past awards season). If Kimmel or Pee-wee win, they better thank her in their acceptance speeches.
Well, it won Melissa Leo an Oscar. So why shouldn’t faux fur win Pee-wee an Emmy for his HBO special?
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
He’s baaaaaaack. Paul Reubens (best known by his nom de plume Pee-wee Herman) invaded Pasadena and HBO’s presentation at TCA Friday afternoon, presented live via satellite from New York to promote his forthcoming 90-minute special The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway that’s scheduled to debut in March. It represents the triumphant return of an iconic character once thought dead but that’s now survived for better than 30 years.
Pee-wee has returned not just as a stage show but with a movie in his future as well, with Judd Apatow attached to produce, as Reubens gleefully discussed in his character’s trademark gray suit and red bow tie. He rarely broke character during a sometime surrealistic 25-minute Q&A that found him often leaving the gathered critics laughing (albeit grudgingly) as he mugged more or less constantly.
Claiming to be sitting in a Howard Johnsons restaurant in New York, Herman/Reubens said he’s excited to see how much longevity Pee-wee has had and hopes to continue on playing him “30 years from now when I’m 140.” How is it that Pee-wee has been able to come back so successfully? “I don’t know,” he said. “Certain things just come back. It’s cyclical. I think I just waited long enough and all of the people seem to like it again I guess.”
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What a difference nearly two decades can make. Back in 1991, Paul Reubens was arrested for allegedly masturbating publicly in a Florida theater. His showbiz career was seemingly over. Now he’s heading to Broadway, making regular TV appearances, and staging a big screen comeback as the lovable Pee-wee Herman. After seeing Paul perform as Pee-wee onstage in Los Angeles, Judd Apatow is developing a Pee-wee Herman adventure pic for Universal under the Apatow Productions banner. Reubens is writing it with Paul Rust. No director is set.