May 26, 2010

Penn Jillette

I am a fan of Penn and Teller. Other then the colorful metaphors that get tossed out in an over done manner.

A while back Penn had a videoblog on his encounter with an Christian which was thoughtful and insightful. I posted it on my blog.

Anyways, last night on the George Lopez show Penn and Teller made an appearance talking about The Showtime show: Penn & Teller: Bullshit. This follows in the Houdini tradition of exposing frauds. Not being a Lopez fan I rarely see the show but as the serendipity that is channel surfing, I came across this segment.

I was able to find the dialog on Newsbusters. It was rather remarkable:

LOPEZ: And have you gotten any shit for stuff that you guys have covered that people have been upset about?

JILLETTE: Well, you know, we’ve done heavy stuff. I mean, we've done the Vatican. We've done Mother Teresa. We've done the Dalai Lama. We've done really, really heavy subjects. And I've got to say it was actually a shock doing the show, the religious communities in the United States of America are the most tolerant people worldwide. I mean, we did really aggressive stuff we believe strongly, and mostly got letters from Christians and Catholics saying we really like how passionately and clearly you put out your ideas. Very few nut cases. However, the nut cases were the 9/11 conspiracy people, who we thought, you know, they're kind of nerdy, they'll be okay. They actually showed up at the offices to attack some of the writers, you know, verbally. And the chiropractors, chiropractors, we did the show on chiropracty, and they went absolutely bug nutty, and like 75 chiropractors showed up at our show at Rio, watched our whole show, then came up after and said we want you to know because of your Bullshit show we are boycotting you. And I went, 75 of you have just bought tickets in order to tell us, I guess not only is your medical science bad, your math really sucks. When you're doing a boycott, you don't give the people money. You don't show up, give them money, and then say now we're boycotting.

As far as the Catholic show goes an expose was released by The Catholic League.

1 comment:

keeka said...

Carl and I went to their show the second trip to Vegas that we went on. We won't go back. The show was ok, but the monologues were too long and too offensive. You don't see that as much on the TV shows they have done.
We didn't walk out or want our money back, the "Show" part of the show was good, I could have done without the monologues. That is our stand. We go in knowing who they are, and we enjoy the show for what it is. But because of the God bashing, we decided we don't need to do the show again.