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By Dana Flax

After a (needless to say) difficult decade, Paul Reubens (best known as rosy-cheeked man-boy Pee-wee Herman) has headed back to the playhouse (finally!) for an all new stage show. Details caught up with Reubens for its latest issue (on stands Oct. 27); check out highlights from the interview below (including his pack-rat tendencies and an "I know you are, but what am I?" directed toward his haters), and then check out more at the brand new Details.com.

Pee-wee Herman rides again, on Details.com

The word of the day? How about "anxiety?":

"I am constantly hoping that, like, I'm still relevant at all."

Pee-wee Herman to headline a USO tour? Wouldn't count on it:

"When I was a kid, I'd always watch Bob Hope and go, like, 'I know he must've been funny, but is he past his prime?' What I'm trying to prove now is that I still have it, I'm still around, I still am Pee-wee Herman and Pee-wee Herman is still funny. So I'm feeling very Bob Hope -- hoping I don't see a parallel."

Next season, on the celebrity edition of A&E's "Hoarders":

"I go into a junk store and see some antique thing, and my mind goes: Someone's going to break that in 10 more minutes. You can't love the amount of stuff I have. I filled up my house three times. I have, like, multiple storage units."

An award-winning-celeb version of a "Where are my keys?" moment:

"I don't know where they [his two Emmy awards] are. They're in storage somewhere."

On the ambiguously inaccurate rumors (namely regarding child pornography) that damaged his career:

"All this stuff that happened -- the quote-unquote treatment I received -- was not an inducement to come back to work. To wait for somebody to give me permission to have a career wasn't going to happen, you know?"

One of the many things he has in common with Britney Spears:

"It's a drag to have tabloid baggage. It's weird to have your career be a footnote to that, especially when you love what you do."

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