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Not quite a children's show, The Pee-Wee Herman Show is slyly subversive, a little bit naughty and always outrageous. Making its premiere as a midnight show on February 7th, 1981, at The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood, the performance then moved to the famed Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip where it was filmed as part of HBO's new series On Location. Conceived as an homage to children's television programs of the 1950's and 60's, this live stage production features original music, puppets, a cartoon, a short educational film and Pee-wee's hilarious live-action friends.

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  • Actors: Paul Reubens, John Moody, John Paragon, Tito Larriva, Nicole Panter
  • Directors: Paul Reubens, Marty Callner
  • Writers: Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman, Edie McClurg, Bill Steinkellner
  • Producers: Dawna Kaufmann, Gregory Sills
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZN1L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pee-Wee Herman Show - Live at the Roxy Theater" on IMDb

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy P on March 6, 2006
Format: DVD
The Pee-Wee Herman Show was a successful performance which catapulted Paul Reuben's career beyond his own imagination. The performance was held in front of a live audience at the Roxy in La for around 5 months. Luckily HBO brilliantly caught one of these live performances and gave people the opportunity to see Pee-Wee Herman. Pee-Wee Herman along with an ensemble cast of notables produced a hilarious performance that had me laughing from start to finish. Let us not ignore the actual set design for the show as well as Jambi the Genie. The show put Pee-Wee on the map of stardom due to his creativity and ingenious ways of entertaining his fans.

The show immediately starts with Pee-Wee Herman digging through a bag of toys pulling out one thing after another, and stumbles upon "NAKED GUMBY AHH". Another funny idea was the Mr. Bungle skit. The Mr. Bungle skit was an actual 1950's dramatization on exhibiting manners. The funny part of this whole skit is they actually showed this to little girls and boys back in the 1950's. One scene shows the boy getting served hot food and next to the hot food the cafeteria person places a big piece of cake on the tray. By the end of the skit Pee-Wee says something like "is that piece of cake big enough for ya!?" then does his Pee-Wee laugh. Classic.

I think the real interesting phenomenon of Pee-Wee Herman was he could entertain both adults and children. Understandably this led to his hit Saturday Morning cartoon show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" which had several emmy nominations throughout the late 80's and early 90's. Furthermore Pee-Wee teamed up with Tim Burton to mesh together a film called "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure". The Pee-Wee Herman show was a unique, weird, yet funny performance that catapulted Pee-Wee Herman into a cult classic for many people.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on January 8, 2006
Format: DVD
I've caught this on HBO several times and it just gets funnier everytime. The interplay between PeeWee and Phil Hartman is brilliant. The show was an hour long HBO special featuring the Pee-Wee Herman Show that was done as part of the Groundlings. If you like the Saturday morning show, you better get this.

This was shot on video.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Lockett on January 20, 2006
Format: DVD
While I thought it would never happen, I have hoped for this to be released on DVD for years. I show this to everyone, hoping each time that the tape will survive for one last showing. This is Paul Rubens' nightclub act that started the whole Pee Wee Herman for kids thing - but this IS NOT for kids. It parodies the genre of kid shows and is one of the funniest things ever captured for an audience - Jamby finally gets his hands (mail order), a musical tribute to Sly Stone, and a film about manners. Makes you wish the whole Pee Wee character had stayed this funny. Yes, it was shot on video and as long as the transfer in broadcast quality it will exceed my current version. I can't wait!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is the one that started it all. Videotaped in 1981 at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, this is essentially a stage show that precursored the dawn of Pee Wee. It's much funnier than the TV Series and definitely more... adult (without being obscene). When I rented this I had never heard of this guy - I was looking for a video for my son (8 -then) to watch. He was out playing with his friends so I watched it instead. It was the funniest thing I'd seen in a while. Even then you could see Paul Reubens comic genius. However this video is hard to find for some reason. I hope it will again be made available.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Brueggeman on September 2, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Pee Wee surfaced in the Groundlings Theater as I recall, and then this superb show played at the Roxy Theater on Sunset Strip where I saw it. It was electrifying theater. First thing was Pee Wee coming out on stage, talking to the audience in his style, and throwing handfuls of mini tootsie rolls out into the audience, and laughing like a maniac. It went on from there and into this show. Absolutely a superb show like nothing else at the time, and this tape captures it so well. It absolutely has to come out on DVD. I watched the children's show religiously as a fan but here is where it all began. There was also a clear vinyl record of Pee Wee with a painted-on cartoon graphic of him by Gary Panter. It's worth hunting down if you're a fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Ochs on January 9, 2007
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this-- I had seen the original on HBO when it first aired, and a few skits stuck in my memory forever-- the mirror shoes, and the puppet voodoo-- very funny. Love the cast-- I've always been a peewee fan-- loved the playhouse.Pee got a bum rap--I'D LIKE HIM TO COME BACK...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kris Peterson on September 5, 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I have watched this video many times over the past 10 years and the silliness still holds up. This origianl show first broadcast on HBO around 1991 is original and worth a watch. It is unfortunate that it is only available on VHS, DVD would do the production far more justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FloridaCoast on August 30, 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this when it originally ran on HBO the first time around. I was in high school and couldn't get enough. It's quite strange especially when you remember that this was in the early 80s, and not for the kiddies, although the adult jokes may fly over the heads of little ones. Classic Pee Wee, size 60 underpants, naked Gumby, a genie's head in a box awaiting hands, Cap'n Carl, Miss Yvonne's makeup, polecats, some bird thing on a stick, and a scary version of Hot Fun in the Summertime with Pee Wee groaning in the back. You'll be saying Mekka Lekka Hi Mekka Hiny Ho for the rest of your life. If you only know Pee Wee from those movies or the adult theater incident, you haven't seen what made him famous to start with. He WAS on an old episode of the Dating Game but that's another story...
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