Thursday February 2, 2012
Last night, Pee-Wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, left the confines of the Playhouse and Puppetland to be a celebrity judge on Bravo's Top Chef - when your furniture won't stop talking and Laurence Fishburne keeps showing up at your door unannounced, you need a break once in awhile. Apparently, it's the first time Reubens has returned to San Antonio since filming the cult classic Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. He even pays another visit to the Alamo, which everybody knows, has no basement. Padma Lakshi interviews Pee-Wee and asks if he has any advice for the contestants. His Paula Deenesque response: "More butter." Pee-Wee samples an assortment of pancakes and judges chicken dishes from the contestants, proving to be a surprisingly tough critic. The secret word(s) is chicken skin (aaaah!). It's hardly shocking that Pee-Wee is a man of refined tastes. Anyone who's kept up with his show is familiar with his snack time segments and kitchen-related hijinks. In honor of his Top Chef appearance, I give you 5 of Pee-Wee's most memorable moments in the kitchen. First up, Pee-Wee declares his love for fruit salad. The Playhouse gang expectedly responds "so why don't you marry it?" And then we have our astonishing plot twist, as Pee-Wee agrees to marry the fruit salad.
And here we have Pee-Wee making ice cream soup for snack time. Randy does his usual jerkface routine of trying to ruin everything, but in the end it all works out. Plus, we learn a valuable cooking lesson about balancing ingredient ratios.
In Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, our protagonist starts his day with pancakes, bacon and eggs in the form of a face (so that he can make it talk with bacon lips, naturally). But the culinary delight is not complete until a large serving of Mr. T Cereal is poured on top. (Start at 3:30)
The best meals start with the best ingredients. Here we have Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne) opening the fridge to a variety of foods doing Pee-Wee's signature "Tequila" dance. Vegetarians might struggle in Puppetland, where every food has a face.
And finally, from The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, we have Pee-Wee deep-fat frying some onion rings. We all learn how dangerous deep-fat frying can be, thanks to a horrifying accident involving a new character. Alas, Shamwow, we hardly knew ye.