Reubens also discussed his early theater work in Florida and his time with The Groundlings in Los Angeles. At one point in the interview, Reubens mentioned that it was his father Milton’s birthday, so he and Leonard sang “Happy Birthday” to Milton.
In a 1981 interview on CNN, actor and comedian Paul Reubens explained how he came up with his alter ego Pee-wee Herman.
Join us as Paul discusses his remarkable body of work and the upcoming HBO special broadcast of ‘The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway’. We can’t wait, and hope you can’t either
Pee-wee Herman was a regular guest on Letterman.
Reubens sadly passed away on July 30, 2023, due to cancer. Rest in Peace, Paul. The world is a little emptier without you.