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Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the 1980s. Pee-wee is commonly portrayed like an impatient and fun-loving child with dainty, effeminate mannerisms and quirky facial expressions. His age has never been explicitly stated; although, he once proclaimed on The Pee-wee Herman Show, “I’m the luckiest boy in the world.”
David Letterman once said of the character, “What makes me laugh…is that it has the external structure of a bratty little precocious kid, but you know it’s being controlled by the incubus — the manifestation of evil itself.” While the character is typically cheerful and flamboyant, Pee-wee has indeed displayed an aggressive side, including his vicious pool battle with Francis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He also played vengeful tricks in the aforementioned film and occasionally threw childish tantrums on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
Count von Count, often known simply as The Count, is one of the Muppet characters on Sesame Street, performed by Jerry Nelson. The Count is a vampire modeled after Béla Lugosi’s interpretation of Count Dracula.
The Count has a love of counting (arithmomania); he will count anything and everything, regardless of size, amount, or how much he annoys everyone around him.
Following a counting session, the Count has been known to laugh maniacally, “AH AH AH AH AH!”. He wouldn’t let anything interrupt his counting, and uses his hypnotic powers to temporarily stun people with a wave of his hands.
The Count lives in an old castle which he shares with many bats, which he has named Grisha, Misha, Sasha, and Tatiana. He also has a cat, Fatatita. He also drives a special car designed in the features of a bat, named the Countmobile.
The Count’s former girlfriend, Countess von Backwards, was known for counting backwards. More recently he has been seen with a new girlfriend, Countess Dahling von Dahling.
Stewart Gilligan “Stewie” Griffin is a fictional character in the animated series Family Guy voiced by Seth MacFarlane. Stewie is a one-year-old with a very sophisticated psyche. Stewie is well-spoken, with an advanced vocabulary and an English accent and an ambiguous sexual orientation. Stewie’s sexuality – even though he is a one-year-old – is deliberately ambiguous and he frequently is depicted wearing women’s clothes and sometimes makeup.
Stewie is also bent on world domination as well as the destruction of Lois, his mother and often refers to his father, Peter as “The Fat Man”.
On the show, Stewie engages in extreme violent or criminal acts, including robbery, carjacking, loan sharking, forgery, and killing off many minor characters. The characters he kills off are for reasons such as anger, jealousy, and grudges he holds. Stewie’s mastery of physics, mechanical engineering, and firearms are at a level of science fiction.
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Wladziu Valentino Liberace better known by only his last name Liberace, was a famous American entertainer and pianist. When Elvis Presley and The Beatles were at the height of their popularity, Liberace was the highest paid entertainer in the world.
Unlike the concerts of classical pianists which normally ended with applause and a retreat off-stage, Liberace’s shows ended with the public invited on-stage to touch the maestro’s clothes, piano, jewelry, and hands. Kisses, handshakes, hugs, and caresses usually followed.
A critic summed up his appeal near the end of Liberace’s life: ” Mr. Showmanship has another more potent, drawing power to his show: the warm and wonderful way he works his audience. Surprisingly enough, behind all the glitz glitter, the corny false modesty and the shy smile, Liberace exudes a love that is returned to him a thousand-fold.”
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