I’ve always enjoyed Penn & Teller – they’re smart, funny and irreverent. Over the years, I’ve seen them perform on stage three times and have enjoyed seeing them on TV, especially their Showtime series Bullshit! I appreciate their promotion of skepticism and atheism, though I find Penn’s strongly Libertarian views to be a little much at times.
Also, Penn helped make the movie The Aristocrats – if you haven’t seen it, you should (assuming you’re not easily offended).
I should mention a couple of other P&T items that stand out in my mind. The first is a simple bit of trivia – they make an entertaining cameo appearance (as sleazy con-men!) in RUN-DMC’s It’s Tricky video. The second item is their Smoke and Mirrors video game, featuring the mini-game Desert Bus, which requires eight hours of mind-numbing play to win (here’s a gameplay video). It is also the inspiration for the Desert Bus of Hope charity event. Finally, Desert Bus reminds me of the absurdist 50k Racewalker video game. Enjoy!
In terms of books, I’d previously read their Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends and How To Play With Your Food. This book, How To Play in Traffic, is nominally a sequel to How To Play With Your Food and follows a similar format: it’s a series of essays that tell stories, go over tricks you can do or serve as a platform for Penn’s Libertarian rants 🙂 Overall, it’s a quick, highly-entertaining read.