BOWTIE IS THE NEW BLACK: ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ To Premiere On Netflix!

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We start shooting in 3 weeks!!!  Here’s the press release:


Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, A New Feature Film By Paul Reubens and Paul Rust, Available Exclusively To The Global Membership of Netflix

John Lee Makes His Feature Film Directorial Debut, Beginning Production in March 2015

Beverly Hills, Calif., February 24, 2015–Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman.

Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) wrote the film. John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning in early 2015.

In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true,” said Judd Apatow.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black,” said Pee-wee Herman.
For more information, please read Pee-wee Herman’s log (that’s blog without the “b”) at:

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre on February 7, 1981 at midnight. It quickly moved to The Roxy on Sunset Strip where it ran for an unprecedented five months. The HBO broadcast of the show introduced Pee-wee to a national audience. Pee-wee Herman was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut.  Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run.  Reubens has been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice. In January of 2010, Reubens starred in, produced and co-wrote The Pee-wee Herman Show which completed a critically acclaimed four week run at LA Live’s Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  With the incredible success in Los Angeles, Reubens brought The Pee-wee Herman Show to Broadway which opened November 11, 2010 to rave reviews with The New York Times calling the show, “Yummier than chocolate;” New York saying, “Welcome Back, Pee-wee! You were sorely missed;” and the New York Post saying, “the audience screams for joy!” Three decades after his first HBO special, Reubens returned to the network with an exclusive version of the hit Broadway show.

Reubens has starred in a number of diverse film and TV roles, including 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911, Everybody Loves Raymond and Murphy Brown which earned him an Emmy® nomination. His film credits include Mystery Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blow, David O. Russell’s dark comedy, Nailed, and Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime. In the world of animation, Reubens has lent his voice to many projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken, Family Guy and Smurfs. He is currently developing a variety show for television and appears in a recurring role on NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 57 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

John Lee makeup test Paramount Feb 2015

John Lee is making his feature film directorial debut with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. He is the co-creator (with Vernon Chatman), writer, director and star of Wonder Showzen. He is also the co-creator of the Adult Swim mini-series starring Patton Oswalt, ‘The Heart, She Holler‘.

photo by Paul Reubens

paul rust

Actor, writer, producer Paul Rust, co-writer of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. He’s co-creating (with his fiancé Leslie Arfin) a tv series he’ll star in at Netflix, produced by Judd Apatow, called ‘Love‘.

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  • Charlie Osburn

    Can’t wait!

  • Labman

    Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!! Return of the King!!!!!!!!!

  • ElKabong

    Bravo, Pee-Wee!! Congrats to all; can’t wait to see it.

  • Grace Lennon

    YAY! This is the best news ever!

  • Pennymac

    Best news EVAH!!!!

  • Atarian

    This is the best news in the history of news. And history.

  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is on Netflix too!!!!! YES!!!

  • Helen Gircko

    Yay! Going crazy !! Rejoice !!! Congratulations !!!!! I even wear a bow tie any color ….

  • Kathy Rodgers

    YAY! <3 PW!!

  • Audra Kizina

    This is going to be amazing! Thank you Pee-wee for delivering to your fans!! I <3 U

  • MrKamikaze

    Can’t wait! Paul Reubens got a raw deal; glad he is back in the saddle again as Pee Wee!

  • laura valentina

    I’m very proud of you Pee-wee! Very happy! I look forward to seeing this marvelous film gem.

  • Nathan John Bartocci

    Wow! This totally just made my day! Thank you Mr. Reubens! Thank you Mr. Appatow! Thank you Mr. Rust! Thanks Netflix!

  • Aaron Rinearson

    I am so excited for you, Paul. My wife, kids, and I will always support your projects.

  • VFV

    should be good

  • Simone Furukawa

    love Pee Wee Herman,beautiful,great!

  • Corinne Escobar

    Pee-wee, you always know how to make a day even more awesome! Love you and can’t wait to see it!!!

  • Didn’t see this one coming…

  • Mike Hunt

    What a rainbow world we live in………………..

  • DUNCEalert_bot

    Woohoo !

    “The sky at night, is big and bright …..!”

  • KoolAidIsYummy

    My 10 month old daughter and I just finished watching every episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure on Netflix and were needing more Pee-Wee in our lives! Thanks, PW!

    Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is absolutely my daughter’s favorite show. She gets so excited when the theme song starts and becomes absolutely mesmerized when the Penny cartoons come on. No other show has this affect on her. The closest thing is merely the theme and ending songs of the Powerpuff Girls… but she loses interest during the episodes.

  • kenny f powers

    no mention of his bicycle – yet

  • TheBlizzard

    No mention of him appearing in The Blues Brothers, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, and Nice Dreams? Not cool.

  • TheBlizzard

    Too bad the Alamo didn’t have a basement.

  • jennypurr

    I can’t wait!!!! long long long time fan.

  • That’s how you make a comeback!

  • lordcanyon

    well i’d be very happy but its not coming out on tv or in theaters so i guess i’ll never see it. for god sake stop making netflix/hulu exclusives, stuff like this should be seen in theaters and/or on tv.

  • Christopher Logan

    Pee-Wee is back! The word of the day is “Hoooooray”!

  • Andrew Thomas Wolf

    I wish I could marry this news I love it so much

  • Susan Milton

    SOOOO glad to hear it ,thanks to NETFLIX too !

  • Jim

    I recommend “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway” from 2011, too!!! 😀

  • Jim

    Greatest news ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Candy T

    I am so excited for this movie☺ Thank you Paul

  • Jenn

    My youngest daughter will be THRILLED! She recently discovered Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on Netflix and has taken a shining to Pee-Wee Herman, including his movies and even expressed an interest in getting a Pee-Wee themed t-shirt to wear to school. (If I can only find one in her size.) It’s about time that Pee-Wee makes a comeback and brings back some quality programming for the next generation! :)

  • Can’t wait for this ! Should have happened decades ago

  • Pmary Novak

    Great idea, but what about some of your fans, who can’t afford Netflix? Will this movie be syndicated to HBO, or cable? C’mon pee wee, if you put this movie, on Netflix, your breaking some of your FAN’S HEARTS!