March 16, 1989 |
Penn & Teller, known for thrills and chills, held an underwater press conference to promote their two-week run at the Wiltern that starts March 27. Penn Jillette, left, did the talking while Teller apparently held his breath underwater for about 7 1/2 minutes. Proceeds from the opening night will benefit the Actors' Fund.
September 19, 2004
Re "Candidates, Stand Up for Talking Dirty," Commentary, Sept. 13: Bravo for free-speech advocate Penn Jillette, who correctly points out that Libertarian Michael Badnarik is the only presidential candidate opposed to government censorship. Here's hoping that Jillette himself makes a run for the Libertarian nomination next time around. Having such an articulately entertaining spokesman for liberty and personal freedom would bring genuine magic to the race. James Dawson Tarzana
May 29, 2012 |
Always a man of few (if any) words, the latter half of the enduring comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller will help give a visual voice to the Geffen Playhouse's upcoming stage adaptation of "The Exorcist. " Scheduled to open July 11, the adaptation features Teller as "creative consultant," which sounds a little like he'll be responsible for honing the production's wordless reactions given his day job as silent but game foil to his longtime partner, the garrulous Penn Jillette. In reality, however, this isn't the first time Teller has ventured behind the stage, where Penn & Teller have made a home in Vegas for six nights a week since 2001.
December 27, 1987 |
"Penn and Teller Get Killed," filming for Lorimar Pictures and producer Bernie Brillstein in May, also gets another Penn as director--the veteran Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Big Man"). The masters of malicious magic make their big screen debut in what Penn Jillette (the big one) described to us as a "funny, highly suspenseful yarn with a lot of plot twists. Surprise is really an important part of what we do."
January 24, 2003 |
"Anyone can talk to the dead," says Penn Jillette. "Getting an answer, that's the hard part." Nevertheless, there are people out there claiming to have a hotline to heaven, and Jillette, the talkative half of the comedy-magic team of Penn & Teller, has plenty to say about them tonight at 11 on Showtime. Some of it is even printable in a family newspaper, but that doesn't include the title of the pair's new series.
March 26, 1998 |
Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller, performing at the Wilshire Theatre through April 5. Truth and Illusion: I try to make it to the Skeptics Society's monthly lectures at Caltech in Pasadena. The lectures present real scientific information on nut things, so you have someone debunking psychic phenomena or proving how Holocaust conspiracy theorists are wrong. It's great. Guy's Night Out: I like to go to the Smoke House across from Warner Bros. in Burbank with my friend Drew Carey.