MADtv alums joining Pee-wee Herman in his stage comeback
Pee-wee Herman is making his big stage comeback this week at the Club Nokia in downtown L.A. While most of the fan and media attention will be focused on Herman (a.k.a, actor Paul Reubens), longtime devotees of the actor will no doubt be interested in who will be playing members of Pee-wee's wacky menagerie of human friends, animal companions and anthropomorphic furniture.
Two alumni of Fox's MADtv will be joining Herman on stage -- Phil LaMarr will play Cowboy Curtis, a role that was originally played by Laurence Fishburne, and Josh Meyers -- brother of "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers -- will play the role of Firefighter.
Fans of Pee-wee should have little trouble recognizing Lynne Marie Stewart, who will be reprising her role as Miss Yvonne.
Rounding out the cast are Jesse Garcia as Sergio, a new character; John Moody as Mailman Mike; John Paragon as Jambi; Drew Powell as Bear; Lance Roberts as King of Cartoons; and Lori Alan and Maceo Oliver, who will provide voices for other characters.
The casting news was posted earlier today on Playbill.
Earlier this year, Reubens told The Times that a character played on stage by the late comic actor Phil Hartman has been replaced with another character. “I didn’t want to be looking at someone else playing Phil’s part,” Reubens said.
"The Pee-wee Herman Show" is a revised version of Reubens' hit '80s stage production that helped to launch his film and television career. The actor has stated that the new show will feature both old and new material, including characters from his CBS TV series, "Pee-wee's Playhouse."
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Photo: Pee-wee Herman. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times