The new documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing profiles Wayne White, an artist who’s got a whole lot of pop-culture landmarks under his belt, including the puppet and set design for Pee-wee’s Playhouse. As you’ll see in this exclusive clip, White and his colleagues had the (high) time of their lives working on the show, brainstorming indelibly weird creations like Conky, Randy, and Dirty Dog. (They were so obsessed that even Matt Groening couldn’t coax them out of work at the end of the day.) Take a look at White explaining the experience below, and then peruse his sketches in this slideshow for maximum nostalgia overload.
Beauty Is Embarrassing comes out September 7 in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, with more markets to follow.