PAUL REUBENS (Pee-wee Herman). At 5 years of age, after seeing an elementary school play, an Indian pageant, The Legend of Leelawallah, Paul decided to become an actor. His father built him a stage in the basement of their house and Paul wrote, produced and starred in plays he performed for the neighborhood. In 6th grade, he stepped onto a real stage for the first time as Nick Burns in A Thousand Clowns. Reubens created 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 was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure, which he co-wrote and which marked Tim Burton's directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and 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. Pee-wee Herman was made an honorary Muppet, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and was made an honorary Marine in conjunction with his work with Toys for Tots. 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, Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime, and upcoming in David O. Russell's Nailed. In the world of animation, Reubens has lent his voice to many projects including Dr. Dolittle, The Nightmare Before Christmas and "Family Guy." He currently can be heard as The Bat-mite on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and as the voice of Rex the Robot, the tour guide of George Lucas' Star Tours ride at Disneyland and Disneyworld.
LYNNE MARIE STEWART (Miss Yvonne) played the role of Miss Yvonne on the CBS series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and in the original Groundlings stage show. For 20 years she performed with The Groundlings comedy troupe. On television Lynne played "Ellen" on FX's "Son of the Beach" and currently plays Charlie's Mom on "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." She will be appearing in the upcoming season of Tracy Ullman's "State Of The Union." Her films include American Graffiti, Pee-wee's Big Adventure as Mother Superior, and Big Top Pee-wee as Zelda the Lady.
PHIL LaMARR (Cowboy Curtis) is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings. His stage credits include The Actors' Gang's Asylum, Theatre-A-Go-Go's Patty Patty Bang Bang: The Patty Hearst Musical, Sacred Fools' Jacques & His Master as well as directing Tales of A Bleaknik, Attack of the White Negro and Out of Tune. Television: "Mad TV," "Futurama," "Family Guy," "Justice League," "NYPD Blue," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Castle." Film: Pulp Fiction, Step Brothers, Cherish, and Quid Pro Quo, a 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection.
LEXY FRIDELL (Chairry, u/s Miss Yvonne). Broadway debut! 1st nat'l tour: Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Gone Missing. London: (I am) Nobody's Lunch (the Civilians). Among many regional shows, Lexy co-created the role of Dory in Disney's Finding Nemo – The Musical. Thanks Mom, Dad, Randy, TK, Professional Artists, friends/family, teachers. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University, Adeline Roth Award. www.lexyfridell.com
JESSE GARCIA (Sergio) is best known for his role in the highly acclaimed "Quinceañera," winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and Official Selection for the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. For his performance as Carlos, Garcia won the prestigious ALMA Award (American Latino Media Arts) as Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in 2007. His other film credits include "La Misma Luna" ("The Same Moon") opposite America Ferrara, "Good Dick," with Jason Ritter, and "The Comebacks." He can be seen in the upcoming film, Days of Wrath. TV credits include Edward James Olmos' "Walkout," for HBO and guest spots on "ER," "The Shield," "The Closer," "Unfabulous," "Justice," "Law and Order: CSI," and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
JOSH MEYERS (Firefighter, Conky, Clocky, Fish) was a series regular on Fox's "That 70's Show" and "MADtv" and appeared in the films Bruno, Date Movie and College Road Trip. He can next be seen in the independent features How to Make Love to a Woman and Inventing Adam.
JOHN MOODY (Mailman Mike) played Mailman Mike in the original stage production of The Pee-wee Herman Show. He served a ten-year tour of duty with The Groundlings comedy troupe. Television appearances run the gamut from "The Golden Girls" to the prestigious "America's Funniest People." Writing gigs include: "Pee-wee's Playhouse," The Kampung Boy, the political comedy troupe, Gross National Product, and a million Elvira projects. He also worked as a gag writer for Jackie Chan. He currently writes and directs corporate comedy videos.
JOHN PARAGON (Jambi, Pterri, Writer) actor, writer and director, starred in his own Showtime special, "The Paragon of Comedy" and in cult movie classics, Eating Raoul, Echo Park, and Weird Al's U.H.F. Other TV guest star appearances include "Cheers," "Star Trek Deep Space 9," and a recurring role on "Seinfeld." Paragon received 5 Emmy nominations for writing and co-directing "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and co-wrote (with Paul Reubens) the acclaimed "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special." Paragon is also a creative consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering.
DREW POWELL (Bear, Mr. Window, Randy, Flowers). Theatre credits include: Skirts and Flirts (NYC, LA), Bedtime Stories (LA), and Greater Tuna (LA). Films: Straw Dogs (director Rod Lurie), 1408, The Marine, and Mexican Sunrise. Television: "The Office," "ER," "House," "Leverage," "Monk," "Cold Case," "Malcolm in the Middle."
LANCE ROBERTS (King of Cartoons, Globey, Mr. Knucklehead, Flowers). NY: March of the Falsettos, Forbidden Hollywood, Radio City's America, The Me Nobody Knows. Regional: Old Globe, Mark Taper, MTC, Playwrights, McCarter, Berkshire Theatre Festival, La Jolla, Asolo, Coconut Grove, Pasadena Playhouse, Music Circus, Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Rep, LATC. Original L.A.: Cats, I Love You…Now Change, All Night Strut, eight years in Disney's Aladdin, 30th anniversary of Ain't Misbehavin'. Tours: Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Five Guys…, Once/Island, Honk, Driving Miss Daisy, I'm Not Rappaport, Antony and Cleopatra, Brigadoon and Cab Calloway! TV: "Numb3rs," "Will & Grace," "The Drew Carey Show," "Related," "Zoey 101," "Girlfriends," etc. Product of PS 129 in Harlem! www.lanceroberts.webs.com. Thanks Stage 9!
CAESAR SAMAYOA (u/s Cowboy Curtis, Sergio, King of Cartoons, Bear, Voices). Theatre credits include leading roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre companies around the country, including La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep., Huntington Theatre, Le Freres Corbusier, Primary Stages, Urban Stages, the Play Company, Prince Music Theater and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. For more information check out CaesarSamayoa.com.
OLIVER DALZELL (Puppeteer) is a recipient of two Jim Henson Foundation grants for his upcoming production of Ice Cream for Diablo. Other credits: Anthony Minghella's Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead, Erik Sanko's The Fortune Teller, Ping Chong's The Devil You Know and every Basil Twist production for the past 12 years.
HALEY JENKINS (Puppeteer). After puppeteering in the L.A. run of The Pee-wee Herman Show, Haley is thrilled to be back for more FUN! She's delighted to be making her Broadway debut and thanks Swazzle for making all this possible, Basil for the opportunity and her awesome family for their love and support!
MATT LEABO (Puppeteer) discovered puppetry working closely with the amazing people at the Tandem Otter Studio, learning how to design, build and perform. Matt is excited to be sharing the stage with Paul and the rest of the cast. He would like to give thanks to Barbara, Basil, Mom, Dad and Lydia.
ERIC NOVAK (Puppeteer). Original work: The Adventures of Charcoal Boy (HERE Arts Center), The Bacon/Mingus Triptych (Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival), E-volution (Henson Festival Cabaret), Rex Rocket in Outer Space (Center for Puppetry Arts). He was lead sculptor for the Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark (Los Angeles). He has received Jim Henson Foundation grants and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow.
ADAM PAGDON (Puppeteer, Puppet Captain). This is Adam's Broadway performance debut, previously having built puppets for The Addams Family, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors most notably. His television wrangling credits include Nick Jr.'s, "LazyTown," Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" and special appearances with the Muppets. He holds an MFA in theatre design from UNC-Greensboro.
JESSICA SCOTT (Puppeteer). Puppeteer roles include Moises Kaufman's Puss in Boots, Basil Twist's Arias with a Twist, Dogugaeshi, Hansel and Gretel, La Bella Dormente nel Bosco, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Lee Breuer's Prelude to a Death in Venice, Mabou Mines' Porco Morto, Peter & Wendy and Red Beads. Film: Bjork's Wanderlust and "Flight of the Conchords" Demon Woman.
AMANDA VILLALOBOS (Puppeteer) is a puppeteer and performer based in Brooklyn. Credits include Theodora Skipitares' The Exiles, Iphigenia, Odyssey: The Homecoming and Helen, Queen of Sparta (La MaMa); The Adventures of Charcoal Boy (HERE); Lee Breuer's Pataphysics Penyeach (Mabou Mines, New York Theatre Workshop); and her original work Light Keepers (Dixon Place).
CHRIS DE VILLE (Puppeteer) is a puppeteer who mostly likes to spend his time in gentlemanly indolence at his secluded upstate hideaway, surrounded by cats and owls. To keep himself sane and solvent he frequently comes to the city to socialize with puppet-people and work on their projects.