Not only can the man rant, he can write. From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist's experience in the world. In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes readers on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder -- all signs of a general feeling of disbelief -- are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way. From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an on-going dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette's self-created Decalogue invites his reader on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking Amazon Exclusive: Teller Interviews Penn Jillette
Teller is an American magician, illusionist, comedian, writer, and is the smaller, quieter half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette.
Teller: I presume your new book is all about me, right?
Penn Jillette: We've done three magic books together and I wrote two novels without you. I wanted to put something out there that was all me, my ideas and beliefs and take on things that would be thought-provoking and funny. I do a lot of op-ed stuff and TV pundit stuff. I'm always the nut on those panels that they go to for a joke, but end up being the guy the host says "Hey, Penn’s a whack job, but he’s right." Oh, and I guess I talk about you, too.
Teller: I'm going to pretend to ask you about the book, as if I haven't read it yet. So Penn, what's your book about?
Penn: It's a pretty funny look my life and all the goofy things that are important to me: skepticism, truth, atheism, our show, my family and friends, libertarianism. I share funny stories about those things and talk about my beliefs and even tell one about the skin falling of my scrotum. Oh, and I guess I talk about you, too.
Teller: I love the Siegfried & Roy story in the book.
Penn: I think it's my favorite and it really captures the essence of the book. It's funny, nutty and from my heart.
Teller: Do you have to be an atheist to read this book?
Penn: God No! (get it?). I’m very respectful of Christians in the book. And it's not all about being an atheist. It's a funny, humorous book about a lot of stuff that goes on in the life and head of a nutty Vegas magician. There are lots of heavy books out there about religion and Atheism. But this one might be the feel good one. Too bad Oprah’s Book Club has shut down.
Teller: Why should I buy this book if you’ve already given me a free copy?
Penn: Well, you owe me $24.99.
Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His solo exposure is enormous: from Howard Stern
to Glenn Beck
to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times
, The Wall Street Journal
, and the Los Angeles Times
. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars
, MTV Cribs
, and Chelsea Lately
, and hosted the NBC game show Identity
. As part of Penn & Teller, he has appeared more than twenty times on David Letterman
, as well as on several other TV shows, from The Simpsons
to Top Chef
and The View
. He cohosts the controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
, which has been nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. He is currently cohost of the Discovery Channel's Penn & Teller Tell A Lie