Pee-wee’s Playhouse will go down in history as one of the strangest and most endearing children’s television shows of all-time. Developed from Paul Reuben’s live stage show The Pee-wee Herman Show and Tim Burton’s feature film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Playhouse was a staple of Saturday morning kids’ television from 1986 until 1990. In his magical playhouse, the childish Pee-wee frolicked with a variety of toys, sentient furniture, and human guests, and charmed his way into the hearts of viewers everywhere. Despite’s is trippy nature — or perhaps because of it — Pee-wee’s Playhouse ranks as one of the greatest cult TV shows of all-time.
With a show as odd as Playhouse, there are bound to be some zany goings-on behind the scenes, so check out this trivia about a strange and wonderful bit of television history.
Cyndi Lauper Sang The Theme Song
“[Pee-wee] wanted me to sing the theme song. I told him I would, but I couldn’t have it under my name, because I was going to put out True Colors, which had a serious tone. In our superficial world, people couldn’t accept both at the same time. So I sang the theme song using the pseudonym ‘Ellen Shaw.’ And then Paul sent me back a tape that was so hilariously funny, of me singing the theme with him in between saying, ‘Oh no! My career is ruined, oh no!’ He’s a nut. I love him.”