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Publication date: 1977Publisher: The Groundlings
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The "Pee-wee Herman" character was created in 1977 by actor/comedian Paul Reubens (who portrays the character) and fellow comedian Phil Hartman as part of a comedy sketch performed at the improvisational comedy club "The Groundlings." The Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy team staged a performance in which they had the comedians on the team portray characters one might encounter in comedy club. Reubens and Hartman created "Pee-wee Herman" as a character that everybody would immediately realize could never succeed as a stand-up comic.