Penn Jillette

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Penn Jillette
in conversation with Matt Donnelly
discussing his upcoming book,
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School

Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$20 General Admission Section Seating 
$43 Reserved Section seat + a copy of Presto!
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat
        + 2 books (Presto! and Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!

Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award­-winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His commentary has appeared in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared onDancing with the Stars, MTV Cribs, and Chelsea Lately, Howard Stern, Glenn Beck 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 Friends to Top Chef and The View. He cohosts the controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which has been nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. He is currently cohost of the Discovery Channel’s Penn & Teller Tell a Lie and the author of God, No! and Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!  Penn Jillette appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2012 and interviewed Richard Dawkins in 2015. 
“Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible—andunique. There isn’t—couldn’t be—better not be—anybody like him.” — Richard Dawkins, (The Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion)
In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. 
Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary. He was approaching his sixtieth birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: if he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”
Matt Donnelly is a fellow “cro-nut” with Penn who also lost 74 pounds following Ray Cronise’s plan. Matt currently co-hosts the Penn’s Sunday School podcast with Penn as well as the “Best Comedy Podcast”, Matt and Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social. When Matt isn’t writing for Penn & Teller Fool Us on CW, you can catch him performing in 50 Shades the Parody at Bally’s, or performing in the “Bucket Show” at the Art Square Theatre in downtown Las Vegas.

Richard Dawkins with Penn Jillette

Thursday, October 1, 2015
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
Richard Dawkins
in conversation with Penn Jillette

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404


$20 General Admission seating — SOLD OUT
$30 Reserved Section seating — SOLD OUT
$45 Reserved Section Seating + Dawkins’ book — SOLD OUT

Richard Dawkins, voted Prospect magazine’s #1 World Thinker, has previously published 11 books, including The Selfish Gene,  The God Delusion, and his magnum opus The Ancestor’s Tale. Dawkins is a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.

In Brief Candle in the Darkan entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century—The God Delusion.

Called “one of the best nonfiction writers alive today” (Stephen Pinker) and a “prize-fighter” (Nature), Richard Dawkins cheerfully, mischievously, looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. Exploring the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, publishing, and television; and studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he’s known, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion, and science. He also invites the reader to look more closely at the brilliant succession of ten influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins.

On the publication of his tenth book, the smash hit, The God Delusion, a “resounding trumpet blast for truth” (Matt Ridley), Richard Dawkins was catapulted from mere intellectual stardom into a circle of celebrity thinkers dubbed, “The New Atheists”—including Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.

Throughout A Brief Candle in the Dark, Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life’s brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture.

Penn Jillette is half of the 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.

His 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.  His commentary has appeared in the Op-Ed pages of The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times

Penn’s latest book, “Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday,” takes an insightful and very humorous look at holidays from an Atheist’s perspective.  He also authored, ”God No! Signs You Might Be An Atheist and Other Magic Tales.” 

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. 

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.

Do you have a question for Richard Dawkins? Your chance to win a signed book.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.31.28 AMTomorrow, October 1, we host Richard Dawkins at a sold out event at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. He’ll be interviewed by Penn Jillette.   Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of Dawkins’ book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

If you have a great question for Richard Dawkins, here’s your chance to win a signed copy of his book.  We will pick 10 questions, and if yours is selected, we ship you a signed copy of Richard Dawkins’ book.

Please email your question to with “Dawkins Question” in the subject line.  If we pick your question, we will email you and ask for your address.

Questions must be submitted by 12pm on October 1.

Richard Dawkins in the news…
Wall Street Journal,
Sept 29 — A Biologists Worldview
Wall Street Journal, Sept 29 — video interview with WSJ’s Gautam Naik


Penn Jillette’s Atheist Guide to the 2012 Election. Jillette at Live Talks 11/15

We look forward to hosting Penn Jillette — the taller and louder of the comedy/magic dou, Penn & Teller — on November 15 at Live Talks Los Angeles at Track 16 at Bergamot Station.  He’ll be discussing his new book, Every Day is an Atheist Holiday. Here’s a video on Jillette’s guide to the 2012 elections.  Ticket info, here.

Q&A with Penn Jillette in Los Angeles Magazine. Jillette is at Live Talks LA on Nov 15 Track 16 @bergamotstation

We’re looking forward to our Live Talks Los Angeles event with Penn Jillette — the taller and louder of the magic and comedy duo, Penn & Teller.  He’ll be discussing his new book, Everyday is an Atheist Holiday, November 15th at Track 16 at Bergamot Station. Purchase tickets here.  Here’s a Q&A Jillette did with Los Angeles Magazine.