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The Pee-Wee Herman Show - Live at the Roxy Theater (1983)

Paul Reubens , John Moody , Marty Callner  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Reubens, John Moody, John Paragon, Tito Larriva, Nicole Panter
  • Directors: Marty Callner
  • Writers: Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman, Edie McClurg, Bill Steinkellner
  • Producers: Marty Callner, 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZN1L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,624 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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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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precursor to Pee Wee's Career 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of a legend 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the brightest comedy moments of the '80s 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began ... 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee Wee - Unplugged January 7, 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Creative, Subversive Comedy July 18, 2006
Format:DVD
This is an off-the-wall, brilliant comedy piece. I have been a sometimes fan of the Playhouse, and I was surprised at how imaginative and enjoyable the Tim Burton/Paul Rubens movie creation was, but this original HBO special really takes the cake. It's as if you took that internal kid and allowed everything to come out, including the dirty stuff. It's all tongue-firmly-in-cheek, and all the surrounding characters are brilliantly played in addition to Rubens odd PeeWee creation.

Anyway, a friend had introduced this to me on VHS. Now that it's on DVD, I plan to purchase it immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original PeeWee 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly fun September 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times...
One of my earliest cable TV memories. Still just as funny as when I was a kid.
Published 27 days ago by Mechanicoid
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great. If you are a Pee Wee fan
This is great. If you are a Pee Wee fan, this is a must for your collection.
Published 1 month ago by Shihtzu Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars HEY
Great for any PEE-WEE FAN!
Published 1 month ago by TIMOTHY G. JEDRZEJCZYK
5.0 out of 5 stars For my mom
We used to watch this all the time growing up so I bought it for my mom as an early mother's day gift! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kristi Fennel
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pee-Wee CLASSIC
I first saw this program in the early 1980's as an HBO special. I honestly cannot remember laughing harder. Pee-Wee (aka Paul Reubens) has his audience hooked from the beginning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph J. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Everything worked out great,delivery was as promised,shipped well,and packed well. The product was as described and expected. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rube
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness
the video was great and I loved It so much.It brought back many memories and made my day!Thank you very much.
Published 10 months ago by Joyce Abajian
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee-Wee Rules
Well, this is Pee-Wee at his finest. If you don't like him, this isn't for you. Different than the kids show though as this is the live adult version.
Published 12 months ago by mjjnuge
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Pee Wee, but...
I've had this for a while and just can't manage to get all the way through it. I remember seeing it like, 15 years ago, and loved it, so what happened? Read more
Published 14 months ago by onyxelf
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