Back in 1981, HBO put Pee-wee Herman on the pop-culture map by airing his first stage production from Los Angeles. Now that Pee-wee's 2010 comeback has come completely full circle with a successful Broadway run, the pay-cable network will be broadcasting his new take on the Playhouse, three decades later. HBO will tape the show immediately after Pee-wee's Broadway run ends on Jan. 2, 2011, and air it early next year.

HBO shot footage with Pee-wee and his celebrity friends at his Broadway premiere. Roll it!


 

And since this is Christmas, I'd be remiss if I didn't clue you in to the fact that peewee.com features a link to stream Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special from 1988. So if you want to see Pee-wee perform alongside his original Playhouse gang, plus special appearances from Oprah, Charo, Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Magic Johnson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Little Richard, k.d. lang, Grace Jones, the Del Rubio Triplets, Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and a singing group of men dressed up as Marines in the days definitely before "don't ask, don't tell," then what are you waiting for? What better way to put a smile on your face at the end of this Christmas?!