Kid Cudi is a hugely successful recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2009, he has released a number of hit albums, including Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Man on the Moon, Vol. 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager and Indicud. He is also a member of the band WZRD and the bandleader on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! As an actor, he has appeared under his birth name, Scott Mescudi, in the HBO show How to Make It in America and movies such as Need for Speed and James White (for which he also wrote the score).
On the occasion of the episode becoming a Webby Award honoree, Talkhouse podcast producer Elia Einhorn and Talkhouse Film’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Dawson revisit the very special conversation from 2016 between hip-hop star, actor and longtime Pee-wee Herman fan Kid Cudi and Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens. In addition to the full original talk between the two — which touches on how they first met, Reubens’ journey to bring Pee-wee Herman back to the big screen, Cudi’s strong dislike of skunks (and recent encounter with a mountain lion), and a discussion by both of future creative projects — you get to listen to the full backstory of how this unlikely episode came together. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at thetalkhouse.com/film.
The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. The Giant Red Phase Of The Sun” – Iced Ink
2. “Breakfast Machine” – Danny Elfman (from the film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure)
Episode engineered by Sam Duell, edited by Mark Yoshizumi and produced by Elia Einhorn.