Pull Up Chairy And Learn More About ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

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08.27.15 2 Comments

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

She’s credited as “Ellen Shaw,” but every child of the ’80s would know that wail anywhere. She explained the situation in her memoir, Cyndi Lauper, A Memoir:

“[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.”

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