12/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pee-wee Herman's (and Paul Reuben's) Big Comeback

THE Pied Piper was nowhere to be heard, and Santa Claus wouldn't be coming to town for a few more weeks, but something irresistible had drawn a small crowd to the West Fourth Street basketball courts in Greenwich Village on a recent Thursday morning. Huddled in groups of two and three, a few dozen men and women in their 20s and 30s glanced at one another and at their smartphones, rereading the Twitter and Foursquare messages that directed them here, waiting for something to happen.