How Was "Pee-Wee Herman" Named?
Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York), is a famous American actor, writer, and comedian, best known professionally for his character "Pee-wee Herman".
In the 1970s, Reubens performed at local comedy clubs and made four guest appearances on The Gong Show. He soon joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy team The Groundlings and remained a member for six years, working with Bob McClurg, John Paragon, Susan Barnes, and Phil Hartman. Hartman and Reubens became friends, often writing and working on material together. Reubens wrote sketches and developed his improvisational skills. He also forged a significant friendship and working relationship with Hartman, with whom he developed the "Pee-wee Herman" character. The inspiration for the name came from a Pee-wee brand miniature harmonica and the surname of an energetic boy Reubens knew from his youth. (Wikipedia)
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