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Pee-Wee Herman Stars in TV on the Radio's 'Happy Idiot' Music Video [WATCH]

by   Sep 30, 2014 13:29 PM EDT

It is tough to squeeze humor out of TV on the Radio's music, but Funny or Die gives it a good run with the Danny Jelinek-directed "Happy Idiot."

Singer Tunde Adebimpe described the clip as a "full-on geekfest in the desert," and that is pretty spot-on considering Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) fill the primary acting slots.

Reubens and Gillan re-enact an amalgamation of Speed Racer and Vanishing Point, with Reubens as a driver with something to prove and Gillan as a distracting mirage in the desert heat.

As Rolling Stone put it, the band serves as a "calming force" throughout.

"I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind," singer Tunde Adebimpe said in a statement. "I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a lot of my worldview and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for a while."

Check out the results:

The Brooklyn group's sixth studio album, Seeds, is due Nov. 18.

They unveiled the tracklist and released a set of fall tour dates in early September. Check those out here:

10/17: Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

10/18: Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library

10/19: San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival

10/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Regent

10/24: Joshua Tree, CA @ Pappy & Harriets

10/25: Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Music Festival

11/12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

11/13: Montreal, QC @ Corona

11/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise

11/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

11/18: New York, NY @ Apollo Theater

11/21-22: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

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