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'''Penn Jillette''' (born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy magic act Penn & Teller.  He has been an outspoken atheist and champion of freethinker causes for thirty years.
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'''Penn Jillette''' (born March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy [[magic]] act Penn & Teller.  He has been an outspoken [[atheist]] and champion of [[freethinker]] causes for thirty years.
  
Recently Jillette was featured on NPR's ''This I Believe'' program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:
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Recently Jillette was featured on [[Wikipedia:National Public Radio|NPR]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:This I Believe|This I Believe]]'' program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:
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{{quote|This I believe: I believe there is no [[God]].  Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world; and everything in the world is plenty for me.}}
  
''"This I believe: I believe there is no God. Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me."''
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For more, see [[There Is No God]].
  
Penn and his partner Teller have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.
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Jillette and his partner, [[Teller]], have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.
  
The cable TV show ''Bullshit!'', which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in it's fourth season on Showtime.  The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking myths and slaying sacred cows.  Show topics have included ESP, cryptozoology, alternative medicine, creationism, ghost hunters and alien abductions.  In one of the more controversial episodes, ''Holier than Thou'', the show was critical of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa.  The show claimed the beatified nun spent donated funds on missionary work rather than healthcare facilities.  The program has been nominated for six Emmy's and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.
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The cable TV show ''[[Bullshit!]]'', which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in its sixth season on [[Wikipedia:Showtime|Showtime]].  The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking [[myth]]s and slaying sacred cows.  Show topics have included [[ESP]], [[cryptozoology]], alternative medicine, [[creationism]], [[ghost]] hunters and alien abductions.  In one of the more controversial episodes, ''Holier than Thou'', the show was critical of [[Wikipedia:Mahatma Gandhi|Mahatma Gandhi]], the [[Wikipedia:Dalai Lama|Dalai Lama]] and [[Wikipedia:Mother Theresa|Mother Theresa]], who they claimed spent donated funds on missionary work rather than health care facilities.  The program has been nominated for six [[Wikipedia:Emmy award|Emmys]] and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.
  
Penn also hosts an hour-long radio show five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas.
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Jillette also hosted an hour-long radio show, five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas. The show is no longer broadcast. Penn cited the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason for canceling the show.
  
[[Category: Famous atheists]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.pennandteller.com/ Penn & Teller home page]
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* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557 Jillette's ''This I Believe'' segment]
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Penn Jillette (born March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy magic act Penn & Teller. He has been an outspoken atheist and champion of freethinker causes for thirty years.

Recently Jillette was featured on NPR's This I Believe program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:

"This I believe: I believe there is no God. Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world; and everything in the world is plenty for me."

For more, see There Is No God.

Jillette and his partner, Teller, have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.

The cable TV show Bullshit!, which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in its sixth season on Showtime. The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking myths and slaying sacred cows. Show topics have included ESP, cryptozoology, alternative medicine, creationism, ghost hunters and alien abductions. In one of the more controversial episodes, Holier than Thou, the show was critical of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa, who they claimed spent donated funds on missionary work rather than health care facilities. The program has been nominated for six Emmys and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.

Jillette also hosted an hour-long radio show, five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas. The show is no longer broadcast. Penn cited the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason for canceling the show.

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