The Story of Paul Reubens’ Role in Phil Hartman’s Landing a Spot on Saturday Night Live

The Story of Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman’s Collaboration and Friendship in Hollywood.

In an interview with Westword’s Simon Abrams, Paul Reubens reminisced on his many collaborations that seem out of left field, including that with the late Phil Hartman.

As fellow members of the L.A.-based Groundlings comedy sketch troupe in the 1970s, Hartman helped Reubens develop his iconic character Pee-wee Herman and co-penned “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “The Big Picture” with him. The film went on to become a lasting hit and provided a springboard for director Tim Burton’s success with “Batman.

Discover the Longtime Collaboration and Friendship Between Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman in Hollywood.

Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman were collaborators for many years, working together on various projects including when Reubens hosted “Saturday Night Live,” which served as Hartman’s introduction to Lorne Michaels. They were also part of a close-knit group of Groundlings performers who were determined to make their mark in the industry. Though their plans may not have fully come to fruition, Reubens continues to think fondly of his dear friend and collaborator, Phil Hartman.