Today, Paul Reubens, most famous for creating, writing and starring as Pee-Wee Herman, turns 58 years old. Which means that today's secret word is: birthday! I bought my ticket for opening night of his upcoming Broadway show as Herman months ago as I wasn't in LA when he revived the character for a new live comedy routine at Club Nokia. Reubens's Pee-Wee's Playhouse has given me a lot of happy childhood memories but even beyond that, Reubens has always played some of my favorite supporting comedic roles. Celebrate his birthday with some quotes from his films and TV roles. Guess where the quotes are from and see the answers after the break.
"Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but is certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger, crying out for mommy and daddy." And besides, those Easter bunnies looked really scary, right?"
"I can't feel my ass! I can't feel my ass!"
"God, I don't give a --k if you sing mother--king Kumbaya. Just get the --k out there. We have a contract by grace of George --king Washington, you mother--king --king --cks."
"Equilateral or isosceles?"
"Well, it all started when I was just 13 years of age. One day, while walking with some friends, I accidentally cut the cheese. Well, in my adolescent awkwardness, I blamed it on an old gypsy woman who happened to be passing by. Big mistake! The gypsy woman placed a curse upon my head. Because I smelled it, she decreed I would forevermore be he who dealt it!"
"I love that story."
"Duh, Vance! You'd think I never went to agricultural junior college!"
"You ruined my new jacket! Kill him a lot!"
"I call it: the hot dog tree, because...it's a hot dog tree."
"I do not leak, you leak!"
"You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel."
"It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting..."
"I bought this pen one hour before my bike was stolen. Why? What's the significance? I don't know!"
"Meka leka hi, meka hiney ho!"