There are few weeks that go by without a piece of video from "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" making its way through the Internet and putting any number of strange pop culture phenomena into the water cooler conversation. On Thursday night (October 14), Fallon welcomed Pee Wee Herman to the show for an interview plugging "The Pee Wee Herman Show," the successful stage show that has made its way from Los Angeles to New York (the show kicks off on October 26).
The interview was great, as Herman (born Paul Reubens) has not lost a step in the years the character has been dormant. And because Fallon has a great mind for pop culture (just look at his "California Dreams" reunion and his Justin Timberlake-assisted "History of Rap" for proof of that), he opened up the interview by re-creating a key scene from the classic Tim Burton-directed 1985 film "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." Fallon tells the story of finding out about Herman getting booked on the show in the style of Large Marge, the creepy trucker from "Big Adventure" whose face gets distorted into a freakish claymation visage while she tells a story about a car accident. (Is Large Marge undead or just a figment of Herman's imagination? It is never resolved, though that didn't stop that moment from being the scariest part of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure.") Not to be outdone, Fallon also punctuated his story with a bug-eyed, clay-assisted distortion of his own face. It's a great moment of bizarre nostalgia that hits all the right notes.
MTV News sat down with Herman earlier this year to discuss "The Pee Wee Herman Show" and to joke around with the comedy icon. Check out his excitement over the "modern" touches in the show.