Penn & Teller, the Moon Hoax, and Me (Part I)

Penn & Teller, the Moon Hoax, and Me (Part I)

Penn & Teller, the Moon Hoax, and Me (Part I)

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Feb. 1 2007 9:36 PM

Penn & Teller, the Moon Hoax, and Me (Part I)

I met Penn and Teller a few years back at one of James Randi's The Amaz!ng Meetings. They were mobbed at the meeting, of course, and I hardly had a chance to introduce myself, so it was with some surprise that I got an email from Penn's group asking me if I'd like to appear on their Showtime series... the name of which would break my own rules to post. On his radio show, Penn calls it "Bulls Hit", so I'll go with that.

I taped the segment with some crew members in a hotel room, but P&T weren't there (nuts). They did have The Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and I got to see it, hold it, and have my image forever saved with it.

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Anyway, we did the segment, and when the show came out I was pretty pleased. With a lot of interviews I do, the producers want to be "fair", and give "both sides" balance, but that's crap: when one side is right and the other very very wrong, the media do a disservice to try to be balanced.

Penn and Teller did this the right way.

I just found out someone put that brief segment on YouTube. So if you haven't seen it, here you go. WARNING (and I mean it): This clip contains very bad language. A lot of it. And rude gestures. And one short gag that will probably offend a lot of Christians. And some phenomenal dumbosity. And Penn swears a lot. A lot.

But it's really really funny.

And I can stand still for a long time. Standing at an eyepiece for hours gives you a lot of practice.

Astute readers may have noticed that this entry is labeled "Part I". There will be at least one more part coming... soon. Be patient. It'll be worth it, I promise.