Episode 130

Nerdist Podcast

Penn & Teller

Nerdist Podcast #130: PENN & TELLER

Okay! It’s really a solo Penn Jillette show. But I knew Teller wouldn’t talk anyway so I just listed it as “Penn & Teller”. Thought that would be clever and amusing. As I’m typing it, I can see now that I was wrong. Too lazy to delete it all and start over though, despite the fact that it would actually take me less time to do that than to explain and disclaim it. I’m weird! I’m a crazypants! Cock-a-doodle-SQUEEEEEE!!!

All squeeing aside, Penn was a truly wonderful guest. We talked about the space program, song poems, bowling, his new show on Discovery “Penn & Teller Tell A Lie“, PLUS we got the full little person/chimp story that I referenced to Adam Savage on Nerdist Podcast #10. This episode is like a suitcase full of steak! PACKED and MEATY. Also delicious. #goodtimes

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  • Good stuff! You know, one of the things I love about the wild world of podcasting is that even when someone is mostly on a promotional tour, this space is a fine escape in which they get to just talk and spread comfortably out into a variety of topics. I find that the more natural and relaxed the conversation, the more I get to know the guests, the more excited I am about whatever it is they’re working on.

    I do not always agree with Penn Jillette, but I regularly watch Penn Point, and catch whatever else I can because he has a lot of interesting stuff to say, and it gives me a lot to think about (and he spins a fancy yarn!). Another guest I’d love to see back some time!

  • This discussion of Brian Wilson and the song poem archive is a gift. I had finally gotten over any residual teenage embarrassment I used to have about telling people what a huge fan I am of The Carpenters and The Beach Boys (the soundtrack of my childhood), and now this is even more affirming. I, too, love the colorful clothes she wears, and I am not shamed to admit it.

  • That man sure can spin a yarn. I love when the podcast just turns into one big conversation. :)

    Morgue Nostalgia is my Cure cover band. #w00tstockgames #hashtaggingoutsidetwitter

  • Always loved Penn & Teller: Bullshit, and I always hoped you’ll get them [or at least just one of them] on the podcast. It was a great episode.
    And now we’re totally used to get couple of episodes per week, keep ‘em coming Big C!

  • It’s clear that people are very divided on the subject of Penn Jillette — I appreciate that he’s honest and earnest and very smart (about magic and comedy), though I may not always agree with his opinions. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is (as he says himself) an asshole, but at least he owns it and he’s not necessarily nasty about it. He’s absolutely a great storyteller and performer, but I can see where his personality puts some people off. I’m glad you had him on the Podcast, and I would be interested in hearing how that came about.

    Actually, I’m curious about how you schedule guests in general, particularly ones (like Cranston and Jillette) with whom you are less personally familiar. Are you actively seeking out people you like and asking them to come on? Do you have an administrative-type person that their administrative-type person(s) get in touch with if they are the ones initiating the interest in coming on the show? You’re helping to build an entirely new system of radio-style productions, so these details are interesting.

  • Wow! Wasn’t expecting the division of opinion on the comments.

    I was going to ask if there’s any chance of a part 2 because as highly entertaining as it was, I wanted so much more.

    Add to my wishlist of callbacks for Tom Wilson, Will Wheaton, Matt and Karen, and Nathan Fillion.