I am a big fan of the work of Pee-wee Herman. So much so that I did a podcast about the man/character. I wish that I could do that episode over because author and pop culture specialist Caseen Gaines has released an intensely informative book about the high water mark of Pee-wee entertainment, Pee-wee’s Playhouse in Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon.
Chock full of photos, facts and behind the scenes info, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse, is an outsiders attempt to look inside the show and Gaines succeed. The book at over 200 pages, just breezes by, but since it is filled with well compartmentalized facts it invites the reader to plunge back in again and again. The book is now a constant “before sleep” companion and as I fill my head with new Pee-wee info, I cannot help but think it might be time to revisit the Playhouse and re-watch it.
If you are a fan of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon (also available for the kindle) is a must read or would make the perfect gift for the Pee-wee fan in your life, so pick up a copy today.