Often overlooked as accomplished and popular magicians, Penn & Teller are among the most successful comedians, as well as magicians, in show business. These days, they are best known for their Las Vegas show (click here
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Known as the "bad boys of magic," the pair is probably best known for exposing magic secrets and shaking-up the magic fraternity. However, Penn & Teller (P&T) also perform gory effects and pranks, and, like modern day Houdinis, expose the tricks behind paranormal and other phenomena.
Referring to themselves as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things," the comedy team is known for presenting an agenda that involves liberal viewpoints and skepticism. P&T are Las Vegas headliners who tour and often make appearances on television shows that include "Late Night with David Letterman."
Taller & Louder:
Penn Jillete is the taller and louder of the pair who does all the talking. Teller, the shorter of the pair, doesn't speak in shows (with a few rare exceptions). Despite his silence and comedic presence, Teller is a highly-respected magic authority. While P&T often poke fun at magic and magicians and perform their routines in a seemingly haphazard manner, they are highly-skilled magicians and equally polished performers.
P&T have been together since the mid-1970s. In the mid-1980s, the pair received recognition for an Emmy-award winning PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public," perhaps the first introduction to the comedy team for many; and an off-Broadway show. From there, the pair took off, often appearing on Saturday Night Live and major talk and variety shows. P&T have had their own network magic specials such as "Penn & Teller Off The Deep End
" in 2005.
"Bulls**t," their television series on Showtime, takes a skeptical look at religion and paranormal activities. The show has tackled controversial topics such as intelligent design, feng shui, astrology, smoking, genetically engineered food, sex enhancement treatments and more. P&T have also published books including: "Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks For Dear Friends," "Penn & Teller's How to Play with Your Food"; and "Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic."