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  1. All of Pee Wee’s furniture is sentient and they have a great time playing together. The insinuation here is that it’s not fun to be a sentient toilet (regardless of those tapes I saw in the videostore in Japan).

    The question is, would this be the case in Pee Wee’s world? Toilets are for waste. Wouldn’t a toilet love getting used for waste, just like Chairy likes being sat on?

  2. “Wouldn’t a toilet love getting used for waste, just like Chairy likes being sat on?”

    There’s there possibility the Pee-Wee is a psychopathic sadist who abuses Johnny. That’s how I interpreted the second panel.

  3. I think Singapore Bill correctly identified what the joke was supposed to be. The fatal flaw with the whole concept is that the real life actor was arrested in 1991 for committing an act that could also be associated with a toilet.
    No matter what anyone thinks about the “Pee Wee” universe in general, or about Reuben’s behavior in particular, this joke ends up DOA.

  4. Kilby: Eh, that was over 20 years ago, and I don’t find the association of the offending act with a toilet particularly strong anyway.

    My main complaint with this joke is that it’s just too gross. YMMV.

  5. @ WW – The character and show are even older than the 27-year-old incident, so I thought that this should get a geezer tag, but attempts to resurrect the Pee Wee franchise resulted in a Netflix film in 2016.

  6. The “fatal flaw” is definitely not a bug, it’s the feature. Pee-wee has a dark place his friends don’t know about.

  7. Billybob could very well be right, but then it should get either an Ewww or possibly an Arlo tag. We’ve had trifectas before, but I wonder whether a comic has ever qualified for a quadrifecta?

  8. When I first saw this, I thought that the joke was that the toilet was nervous about calling him ‘Pee-Wee’ seeing as he has intimate knowledge of certain aspects of his anatomy. If my wife called me that, I might be somewhat upset.

  9. When I first saw it, I thought we were suppose to feel sorry for the poor sentient toilet stuck in the bathroom all alone, while all the LR furniture could party.

  10. Before anyone reminds me that ‘Pee-Wee’ is his name, I’m aware of this. But perhaps in this scenario, ‘Mr. Herman’ may have been a more appropriate appellation.

  11. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse got its start as a live show that eventually led to a taping that ran on HBO. The original was actually a parody of children’s shows and had many age-inappropriate jokes and situations.

    Example, Pee-Wee and his friend Hammy are in the playhouse when the latter’s bratty sister Susan comes over. The boys put on their “shoe mirrors” and attempt to look up her dress. She notices and says contemptuously, “I’m not wearing underpants.” Disappointed, they cease their efforts.

  12. “The fatal flaw with the whole concept is that the real life actor was arrested in 1991 for committing an act that could also be associated with a toilet.”

    I actually assumed that *was* part of the joke. The toilet is nervous about what sick thing Pee-Wee is going to do in the dark.

  13. I don’t think so. I would think that the normal thing that humans do with toilets would be sufficiently nerve-wracking.

  14. I agree with Brian. The historical incident doesn’t do anything to make the upcoming incident more gross for the toilet. Heck, if I were the toilet, I would rather someone [REDACTED] than [REDACTED] anyway.

  15. Recall a gag panel that showed an anthropomorphized toilet in a suburban bathroom. He was smiling and thinking “Today’s going to be DIFFERENT! I KNOW it!”

    Don’t recall if it had a title, but the misplaced optimism was enough.

  16. And somewhere in Fred Flintstone’s bathroom is a pelican saying “I hate my job!”

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