Pee-Wee Herman Hosting New Radio Show

by Matthew Memrick

Longtime TV and movie personality Pee-Wee Herman will host a one-time radio show on a California radio station, broadcasting on Nov. 26.

We don’t know what to expect outside that regular Pee-Wee magic. 

According to PopCulture, Herman’s best friends Chairry, Magic Screen, and Miss Yvonne will be there. 

The 69-year-old Paul Reubens has played the fictional character since 1977. His character grew in popularity over the years as his adult humor show became more child-friendly for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and several movies in the 1980s. He brought back the character in the 2000s and now seemed to have scored another job on the California public radio station.

Pee-Wee Herman All About The Star Power

There’s no word on if famous actors Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick,” “Apocalypse Now”), Leslie Jordan (“Call Me Kat”), and Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue”) will join Herman on the air. But the star did say he’ll bring on some surprise special (and, to Herman, super famous) guests. Also, expect “some of the greatest music ever recorded” for the show.

Herman did have a thing for cowboy hats and country music. He was a part of the “Hats off to Minnie: America Honors Minnie Pearl” show at The Grand Ole Opry in May 1992. Herman and Pearl were friends, and the comedian-personality even had some fun backstage with country star Dwight Yoakam.

Fans will get to hear just how well Herman’s lunacy translates to the radio waves.

Herman Gets The Gig With A Little Fun

After a little online harassment, Herman scored the gig.

Herman typed a letter on a typewriter and sent it to the radio station. After some Twitter banter, the Santa Monica radio station agreed to Herman’s proposal.

Herman jokingly added that he could “arrange transportation to our headquarters should an in-person meeting or even audition be desired.” 

He also added in a postscript that he wears small headphones.

Right now, it’s a single show that will air at 6 p.m. PST. After the Black Friday show, the station will air it on demand for about a week.

KRCW passed along a press release from Herman telling the early story of the opportunity. At first, they didn’t believe Herman was the person behind the Twitter account. The typewritten letter had a look as if the KRCW letters had whited out over them initially with correction fluid or tape.

Then, after some fan support and phone calls, the star got the show.

Herman thanked his support, saying, “Thank you, fans, because they are going to get me some donuts and leave me the keys to the studio while they are on vacation!”

Herman also starred in three movies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), “Big Top Pee-Wee” with Kris Kristofferson (1988), and Netflix’s “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday” (2016).