For anyone who was a child of the 80s or 90s, one thing is for certain: You wanted to visit Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Despite it obviously being a fictional place, to a child, it was magical.
Yesterday, news broke that John Paragon has passed away. Paragon had a long career that included film and television roles that included Cheers, Seinfeld, UHF, Airplane II, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, and Honey I Blew Up The Kid. But it was his work with Paul Reubens/Pee-Wee Herman for which he is most remembered.
Having first met Reubens at The Groundlings in California, Paragon joined Reubens when he mounted The Pee-Wee Herman Show at The Roxy, as Jambi The Genie. This was a character he later recreated on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse from 1986 until 1990, and eventually 20 years later on Broadway in 2010.
Reubens posted a sweet and touching tribute to the late comic actor. And as Jambi would say, “Mekka Lekka Hi, Mekka Hiney Ho.”
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Comedian Josh Adam Meyers also paid tribute to Paragon with some fresh ink on his arm. Stating his love for the character and show, revealing he also names his dog after the character’s catch phrase.