I love you guys.

I just landed in Las Vegas.  We’re on the 17th floor of the Luxor, overlooking the McDonald’s, and getting ready to go see Penn & Teller.  This will be a first and I’m pretty excited.

Anyway, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a plane all day before sitting down at the end of the day all tired to find out that someone is being dumb in the comments and you all have already handled business.  It makes my wrinkled face glow every time.  Nothin’ but love for you guys.  :)

  • Glodson

    Sometimes Penn pisses me off with his political leanings, and a few other things he says, I still want to see one of his shows. That sounds like fun.

    And there’s some good commentators here. Too bad I bring down the average.

    • Andrew Kohler

      I for one appreciate your contributions, Glodson :-) We need all the defense we can get against trolls!

  • Stephen

    Penn is still one of us as long as you differentiate political leaning from godlessness. Although I have firmly different beliefs from him on the political spectrum, I count strongly his views as being worthy of consideration of respect in the bell curve of secular thought. He has even counted thinkers such as Steven Pinker as being influential in drawing him away from his Ayn Rand influenced batshittiness.

    Most of all though, He and Teller are extraordinary performers and have a graciousness towards their audience that is deeply remarkable. Their time spent having personal interaction with their fans post-show is incredibly admirable, especially given how often they do it. I would both see their show repeatedly just on its own merit, and as well support them as being keepers of the flame of a vaudevillian tradition.

    • Andrew Kohler

      I was once walking in to a restaurant in New York City with my parents for lunch and walking out was a very tall man whom I recognized. I couldn’t think from where so I smiled and nodded hello and he very nicely smiled back, just as I realized it was Penn Jillette, and indeed Teller was in tow :-) I’d love to go to one of their shows. I disagree plenty with some of their political standpoints, but at the same time they did some excellent work on Bullshit: alternative medicine, circumcision, the anti-vax movement, “holier-than-thou” figures (including Mother Theresa), Mt. Rushmore (and unthinking nationalism in general), the anti-profanity crowd, truth claims of the Bible, astrology, the Vatican (that episode is available on You Tube but is not on their official website!!–that’s bullshit, no?), marijuana laws, the religious aspect of twelve-step programs, abstinence non-education, “family values,” the crazy people in charge of PETA, and people who are obsessed with their lawns all come to mind (seriously, I never realized how big a waste of time lawns are). And I don’t think any of the above are doctrinaire Objectivism, and this more than makes up for the episodes which are too anti-government-regulation for my taste.

      So, enjoy the show and tell us about it :-D

  • John Eberhard

    JT, I so much enjoy your intelligent and incisive commenters. They did in fact do a good job in your absence.

  • neatospiderplant

    I’ve been so lucky to see Penn & Teller Twice. One of those times was a show called “Conversations with Penn & Teller” which was mostly an interview (I forget the guy’s name who asked them the questions), magic, audience Q&A…a little bit of everything.

    The first question they were asked in the interview was how they became interested in magic. The interviewer directed the question at Teller and the audience got dead quiet. Teller started “When I was five-” The audience cut him off with cheers and laughter. Teller waited for the applause to die down and said “I know, it’s a little like if your dog started talking to you one day.”

    During the audience Q&A, someone prefaced their question with “I’m a libertarian atheist” and then went on to ask something about libertarianism. Penn said “Oh, you’re asking about the libertarian thing, I thought you were going to ask about atheism and I was going to say ‘that’s easy! Just read the bible! It’s the quickest path to becoming an atheist’” A group of people in our row left the show after he said that.

  • Drew

    They did a show in JKH hall on the SMS campus in either late 2000 or early 2001 IIRC. It was a great show and tickets for students were like $5 or something.


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