Penn Jillette Interview: 'Every Day is an Atheist Holiday'
November 15, 2012 11:03
Written by:Melissa Parkervisit
IIllusionist, comedian, musician and best-selling author Penn Jillette is known for his work with fellow magician Raymond Joseph Teller (Penn & Teller), who has legally changed his name to just “Teller.” The Emmy Award-winning world famous magic due have astounded audiences for over 35 years.
Jillette has appeared everywhere in the media from Howard Stern to Piers Morgan to The Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars and op-ed pages of The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, just to name a few. He is an outspoken advocate of libertarianism and atheism, and his latest book, Every Day is an Atheist Holiday, offers funny, against-the-grain perspectives from one of the most distinctly perceptive and provocative humorists writing today.
“By the time the publisher comes around and asks for another book, I say, ‘I’ve been writing a lot about holidays lately. How about Every Day is an Atheist Holiday?’ They go, ‘Great!’ I go through several hundred pages of what I’d been writing, take that and edit it together. As you know very well, writing is mostly editing, so I look at what I’m doing and put it together from there. Everybody who reads my books knows that I’m using the title and the themes as an excuse to tell stories (laughs). That’s what I like to do.”
The larger, louder half of Penn & Teller is married to Emily Zolten and has a daughter, Moxie and a son, Zolten. The family resides in Las Vegas.