"Paul Reubens strides onstage in a red power tie, black shoes, no product in his hair and a gray suit that fits so well it could be tailored. Imagine if Pee-wee Herman left the Playhouse of his kids' TV show, temped for a few years and settled down to a job in data processing.
During a nearly two-hour-long interview for the SF Sketchfest's tribute to Reubens on Monday night at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, interviewer Ben Fong-Torres tried out a Pee-wee voice several times, but the honoree didn't bite. Reubens recited only one of his famous lines ("Why don't you make me"), and even then he used his real voice -- which is low-pitched and serious, sounding like a doctor who's about to give you bad news.
It would seem that the actor is trying to shed his famous image, or at least let the character grow up a little. "
More of the interview at sfgate.com