Multi-talented Penn Jillette is a celebrated magician, comedian, actor, author and producer. He is best known as the larger, louder half of Penn & Teller, a role he has held since 1975. With his partner Teller, Jillette has been awarded an Obie and an Emmy Award. Their critically acclaimed stage show spent several years both on and off-Broadway, and now has a permanent home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Jillette’s most recent projects include serving as executive producer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Aristocrats,” which features over 100 star comics telling the same very, very dirty joke and as host of his own radio show “The Penn Jillette Show,” which is heard every afternoon on CBS stations across the country.
The Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!” is currently in its fourth season. The series, nominated for three 2006 Emmy Awards, debunks and exposes the fakes and frauds behind such subjects as alien abductions, talking to the dead and television psychics. Penn & Teller, who produce, star and write the series were recipients of the 2004 Writers Guild award for Outstanding Comedy/Variety series.
Penn & Teller have hosted their own weekly Emmy-nominated variety show, “Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular,” and are regular guests on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” Jillette also has guest-starred on “Friends,” “The West Wing,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Home Improvement,” “Babylon 5,” “The Simpsons,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Adventures of Lois and Clark” and “Miami Vice.”
Penn & Teller also hosted the PBS children's series “Behind the Scenes” and “The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller” and “Penn & Teller's Phobophilia” for Britain’s Channel 4. Jillette also served as the voice of Comedy Central for nearly eight years. Penn & Teller received an Emmy for the 1985 special “Penn & Teller Go Public.”
Jillette has appeared on the big screen in “Penn & Teller Get Killed” (directed by the legendary Arthur Penn), “Hackers,” “Walt Disney’s Fantasia 2000” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Penn also lent his voice to the cast of “Walt Disney's Toy Story.” Jillette’s stage credits include the Broadway cast of “The Rocky Horror Show” and the original New York run of “The Exonerated.”
Penn & Teller have co-authored “Penn & Teller’s How to Play in Traffic,” and two best-sellers: “Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends” and “Penn & Teller’s How to Play with Your Food.” Jillette’s first novel, “Sock,” was published in Summer 2004 by St. Martin’s Press and is already in its third printing. His newest book, “How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker: The Wisdom of Dickie Richard,” was released in the Fall 2005.
Penn’s articles have been featured in the New York Times, Playboy, Reason, and Rolling Stone, and as the back page column for PC Computing magazine for four years. He has lectured at M.I.T, the Smithsonian Institution, Oxford University and at various computer and science conferences, including COMDEX and TED. He is an avid jazz fan and plays the double bass.