PENN JILLETTE is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award-winning magic duo and Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller.
Together since 1975, Penn & Teller’s live show spent years on Broadway and is now the longest-running headliner show in Las Vegas where it plays nightly at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. In 2015 the pair was once again awarded Las Vegas Magicians of the Year.
His solo exposure is enormous: from Howard Stern to Wendy Williams, from Oprah to Modern Family, to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, MTV Cribs, Friends, 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 and Modern Family to Top Chef and Jimmy Fallon.
He cohosted the controversial Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which was nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards and was the longest-running show in the history of the network. He currently co-hosts the hit competition series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! airing on The CW network.
Penn’s latest book, Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday, takes an insightful and very humorous look at holidays from an Atheist’s perspective. His previous book, God No! Signs You Might Be An Atheist and Other Magic Tales, spent six weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list upon its release.
His weekly podcast, Penn’s Sunday School, was the No. 1 downloaded podcast on iTunes during its debut week and was named by iTunes as Best New Comedy Podcast for 2012.
On the big screen, Penn produced the critically lauded 2005 documentary The Aristocrats, which features over 100 of the biggest names in comedy telling their versions of the dirtiest joke in history. He produced last year’s Tim’s Vermeer, which follows the journey of an eccentric inventor determined to solve one of the art world’s oldest mysteries. The Sony Pictures Classics release was nominated for a BAFTA and was shortlisted for the 2014 Oscars.
As a philanthropist, his efforts have resulted in raising thousands of dollars for Las Vegas-based charities AFAN (Aid for AIDS NV) and Opportunity Village. The annual “Penn & Teller’s 13 Bloody Days of Xmas” continues to be the most successful blood drive in the Las Vegas Valley, resulting in an average of 4000 pints donated every holiday season.
Penn & Teller have their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and triumphantly returned to Broadway this past summer with Penn & Teller On Broadway, which was the highest-grossing non-musical for the entirety of its run.