Lucy Lawless is kind of like King Midas, but for nerds: pretty much every sci-fi or fantasy thing she touches turns to gold. Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica are true classics — the kinds of programs nerds will tell their children about ... if they ever manage to reproduce.
Lawless is starring in the new Starz program Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which guarantees that pasty people will be dressing up as its characters at conventions for decades to come.
Thirty years ago, an actor in Los Angeles was doing sketch comedy and came up with a bizarre character sporting a tight gray suit, a little red tie and slicked back hair ... and America met Pee-wee Herman. Reubens recently brought the character from his Saturday morning TV show to Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.
Ruebens may be the most famous Pee-wee, but he isn't the only one. We've invited him to answer three questions about the other peewees of the world.