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Watch: Funny or Die Explores the Dark Side of the ‘Pete & Pete’ Reunion

Watch: Funny or Die Explores the Dark Side of the 'Pete & Pete' Reunion

Nickelodeon TV series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” ran from 1993 to 1996 and won the hearts and minds of late Gen-Xers with its charmingly surreal take on childhood and guest stars like Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Chris Elliott, Janeane Garofalo, Debbie Harry, LL Cool J and Patty Hearst. Created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, the show developed a considerable cult following over the years since its run ended, leading to cast and crew reunions taking place in New York and L.A. in 2011 and 2012 and once again last month as part of SF Sketchfest in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary.

But is it possible that all this nostalgia comes at an unseen and dark cost? Funny or Die came up with the following spoof video featuring Michael C. Maronna (Big Pete Wrigley), Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley), Toby Huss (Artie, the Strongest Man in the World) and Rick Gomez (Endless Mike) to suggest that behind all those box sets and warm childhood memories are warped lives — as Big Pete puts it, “You’re not a recurring character, you didn’t even have a catchphrase!”

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