Penn Jillette: Getting yelled at by my idol for appearing on Glenn Beck

posted at 7:11 pm on October 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Moxie, the emotion here is raw enough to make this a surprisingly tough watch — but stick with it, as it’s genuinely moving. I’m surprised, frankly, that GB hasn’t had him on the show yet to talk about it. Or maybe he has and I’m out of the loop?

As with most of PJ’s monologues, there’s a sprinkling of profanity, so please observe your official content warning.

Update (Ed): Penn’s been one of my favorites for many years.  Penn, feel free to come on my show any time.  I’d even let you yell at me … a little bit, anyway.

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Martin Mull v. Penn Jillette

It’s a Hollywood Squares (John Davidson edition) battle royale!

YYZ on October 21, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Video’s gone. Who’s his idol?

Darth Executor on October 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Eh, nevermind, it’s still there. carry on.

Darth Executor on October 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Martin Mull v. Penn Jillette

And by Martin Mull, I mean Tommy Smothers.

YYZ on October 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM

I have more respect for Penn Gillette than any entertainer. He really in genuine in his beliefs, and is respectful to others. He is not a hater, and recognizes that people truly can get along even if their core beliefs are different.

I think we can all learn alot from Penn. We may not agree, but I’ll defend his right to say it.

Smothers is a sh&theel.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Never a good idea to idolize someone.

ThePrez on October 21, 2009 at 7:17 PM

I’m surprised, frankly, that GB hasn’t had him on the show yet to talk about it.

Or to share a box of Kleenex.

(kidding!)

Seriously….welcome to the club, Penn.

The Ugly American on October 21, 2009 at 7:18 PM

I watched this earlier and Ms. Flipflop is watching it now. Definitely surprising how emotional it was.

flipflop on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I watched this earlier today. Was it on another site? I thought it was here.

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Penn Jillette needs to get a grip. I outgrew this kind of idol worship by the time I had reached 30. Who cares what a commie nitwit screams at you. I would have laughed in his face.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Hey, wasn’t Dr. Utopia going to cure all ills, make the oceans recede and bring us all together to sing Kumbaya? What happened to that? This looks more like brother against brother and friend against friend… the great uniter… lied?

Oh, the humanity!

UnderstandingisPower on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Watched this morning and I really liked it. Two take home points, if you can’t see it: 1) Penn is upset b/c Smothers (this supposed defender of free speech) berates him for going on Beck b/c Smothers feels that to go on Beck is to endorse Beck’s beliefs; hypocrisy, hello? 2) this culminates with a great line where Smothers says to Penn “if Hitler had a show, you’d go on it” and Penn says yeah, he would; how can you debate an issue if you only surround yourself with those that agree with you?

LastRick on October 21, 2009 at 7:20 PM

one of the smothers brothers? wow, that’s really scraping the bottom of the hasbeen-barrel…

homesickamerican on October 21, 2009 at 7:20 PM

I’m surprised, frankly, that GB hasn’t had him on the show yet to talk about it. Or maybe he has and I’m out of the loop?

He hasn’t had him on, but yes you are, as always, out of the loop when it comes to Glenn Beck.

First of all, this is interesting and I ran across it a few days ago myself… but it’s not more important than the other items Beck has been covering. While you’re finding celebrity Obamacare videos Beck is talking about what happens if the dollar fails, radicals in the WH, real motives, and DC slight of hand and Neil Cavuto is telling the story that no one else is – that Democrats LITERALLY changed the locks on oversight committee doors on the Republican entrance, to keep the GOP out. So now, not only is the GOP being “locked” out, the Dems have gone so far as to change the locks!

What? Oh yeah, let’s talk about celebrities!

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Crap, not viewable outside the US.

Jim708 on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

flipflop on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Think it was in the news links.

Jim708 on October 21, 2009 at 7:22 PM

There’s just something creepy about Tommy Smothers. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but…eeewww.

uncivilized on October 21, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Most people get confused between right and left ideology.

I wonder how long will Penn realize his belief is actually toward the right and not the left. Lots of soul searching in the coming months for him.

jdun on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

WTF is will the crater between his eyes. Stunt gone wrong?
Or did Tommy smothers do it?

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Yeah, you were whining about this on Twitter too. Don’t like our coverage? Don’t read it. Start your own blog. Ride that “changing the locks” story, which was linked in Headlines this morning, into the ground.

Allahpundit on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Tommy is irrelevant, and trying to be relevant once again. Now he’s alienated probably one of 3 people in the world who idolized him. Good job Tommy! How’s that workin out fer ya? ;)

capejasmine on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I really, really like Penn Jillette’s videos. I disagree with him all the time but at least he thinks. And listens.

loganthompson on October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Hollywood blackball.

artist on October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Martin Mull and Tommy Smothers are his idols?
Soupy Sales is crying somewhere.

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Definitely surprising how emotional it was.

flipflop on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I noted you’re echoing AP here. I thought that PJ was just being very thoughtful and particular about his choice of words — remember, he is trying to respond to his idol but probably doesn’t want to burn bridges. Is he crestfallen? I didn’t see it that way as much as you guys did.

LastRick on October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

I feel for him. It has to be tough to find out your idol is an intolerant jackass.

Jim-Rose on October 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Penn, I wouldn’t get upset; disappointed, yes. Far as I’m concerned Tommy Smothers has always been an insufferable ass. And that’s putting it politely. Tommy’s probably out giving Obama a blowjob right now. You can’t fix stupid.

GarandFan on October 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Thank you for posting this, Allah. I don’t agree with Penn on a lot of things, but he is truthful in his beliefs. Like Glenn Beck.
The truth hurts lesser people sometimes.

HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I think Penn is fairly rightwing. His Showtime show on taxes was very good. I could be wrong though.

Norwegian on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

This is probably the most attention Tommy Smothers have gotten in 40 years.
To be honest, my first reaction was, Is he still alive?

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

“The answer to bad speech is more speech…”

Awesome.

Diane on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

He should have a beer with Juan Williams.

artist on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

He hasn’t been on GB to talk about it. And I really feel for Penn. It has to be painful to have someone you admire shouting in your face like that. I always look forward to seeing him on the Glenn Beck show. As a Catholic Conservative I certainly don’t agree with everything he says, and that is the point. It’s what Smothers doesn’t get. You don’t face opinions or beliefs with hate or rage. If you really want to defeat talk you believe is wrong, the answer is more talk. Not less. Not quieting dissent. All that venomous rage from Smothers was just fear. Fear of an opposing idea that he couldn’t answer or wouldn’t dare face. And that’s sad. It’s a growing trend to silence those we disagree with. It’s important for Penn to be on Glenn Beck. That way Atheists can see that most Christians aren’t smug and condescending. That way Christians can see that not all Atheists are smug and condescending. We can coexist without being militant or attacking the other. The Smothers tirade also belies a belief that people are inherently stupid. GB viewers will realize that even though Penn appears on the show he isn’t agreeing 100% with Beck and isn’t part of some hive mind. It’s clear Penn is hurting and I really empathize. All I can suggest is to keep to his ideals. Keep speaking his beliefs. Even on the Glenn Beck show.

chicagojedi on October 21, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Penn Jillette needs to get a grip. I outgrew this kind of idol worship by the time I had reached 30. Who cares what a commie nitwit screams at you. I would have laughed in his face.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Thread winner. With Penn’s size, I’d of made Mull a permanent part of the room decor, like the flooring. What a big, fat p*ssy.

RepubChica on October 21, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I found this was eye roll worthy.

His idol is a hypocrite and went off in a fit of rage when you accidentally pointed it out to him.

He is a petty man, get over it.

jhffmn on October 21, 2009 at 7:27 PM

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

We should consider ourselves lucky that at least it’s not another Meghan McCain post.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I found it fascinating how he tries to, for lack of a better word, “cover” for Smothers ridiculous infantile behavior. But it is someone he looks up to.

For me, Smothers followed the same script many of my liberal friends followed- “but, you’re so smart.”
Which is nothing but smug self righteousness, wrapped in a back handed compliment. It infuriated me, but I had to learn about the real motives of people. And while I have stopped talking to some of them, it’s made me more aware of who they really are and who I am.

I refuse to sacrifice myself on their alter of ideology. So if he and Smothers can put that behind them, good for them. But I think Penn’s going to have some real deep thinking to do. Not so much about what Smothers said, but the way in which he did it. I think Smothers wanted to intentionally, publicly embarrass him. It had nothing to do with a simple disagreement.

xax on October 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, you were whining about this on Twitter too. Don’t like our coverage? Don’t read it. Start your own blog. Ride that “changing the locks” story, which was linked in Headlines this morning, into the ground.

Allahpundit on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

HEY, we agree for once about a Beck post! All kidding aside, I don’t see this post as disparaging or criticizing or supporting Beck at all; this is a post about liberal hypocrisy. Which is something that certainly bears discussion, especially during these evening hours, sort of Hot Air Lite.

LastRick on October 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Smothers is a communist. Communists never like free speech, unless it’s their propaganda.
Penn just experienced what all of us conservatives experience with liberals. Welcome to the club Penn.

cubachi on October 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Penn, I wouldn’t get upset; disappointed, yes. Far as I’m concerned Tommy Smothers has always been an insufferable ass. And that’s putting it politely. Tommy’s probably out giving Obama a blowjob right now. You can’t fix stupid.

GarandFan on October 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM

…. or in line behind Prissy tingles Matthews…

cableguy615 on October 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Penn Jillette needs to get a grip. I outgrew this kind of idol worship by the time I had reached 30. Who cares what a commie nitwit screams at you. I would have laughed in his face.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I don’t think Penn was so much upset about being yelled at by his idol as he was in the realization of how hate filled someone could be for Penn expressing his 1st amendment right. I think he is seeing how the freedom of speech is under attack by the left.

Penn, although I disagree with him on so many issues, deserves some respect for honesty of his beliefs.

truetexan on October 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM

While Penn and I are polar opposites on many issues I’ll never fault him for sticking to his beliefs. He’s not an ass about it. He argues what he believes and doesn’t back down. And does it with class.

He’s more libertarian than conservative. And he’s one of those people I’d love to sit down with and have a couple of adult beverages and talk.

Keep on talking Penn. Anywhere you can.

alilianstrom on October 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM

So predictable from Smothers… Not even sure based on his comments, that Penn fully realizes that how right he is, differences ought to be debated. Persuade the opposition with your ideas. Instead Tommy resorts to the old liberal standby, name calling…. you’d think he could do better than….. ah nevermind.

Chicost84 on October 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Yeah, you were whining about this on Twitter too. Don’t like our coverage? Don’t read it. Start your own blog. Ride that “changing the locks” story, which was linked in Headlines this morning, into the ground.

Allahpundit on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

You’re such a baby with that “start your own blog” crap. You have the audience that few have and I just thought you might like to assist in bringing them news they likely haven’t heard.

But by all means, while the country is being destroyed, let’s make Penn Jillette’s feelings a priority.

Look, I’ve been here since the beginning of Hot Air so I obviously like it, but there’s no reason get all huffy because I recommend some things that I’m guessing much of your audience would find much more interesting, and that are much more important as it pertains to saving the country. Or do you not see government take-overs of everything, NEA running WH propaganda, the failing dollar, jacking up energy costs, every type of radical you can imagine having the ear of a POTUS who has spent his life hanging with commies, anti-Semites and anti-Americans, and $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, a danger?

Anyway, I admit my initial comment was rather snarky, which likely prompted your attitude in return… but my point stands. You clearly are out of the loop on Beck, and you make that clear by even having to ask. Sorry, but it’s just a little annoying that you regularly mock the man, yet you obviously don’t see much beyond clips sent to you.

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:32 PM

To be honest, my first reaction was, Is he still alive?

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Me, too.

Missy on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Hmmm I wonder if Moveon.org’s call for a boycott for Democrats to stay off FoxNews will work.

These people really cannot stand sunshine on their most deeply held beliefs.

They don’t even bother to rebut or answer or explain in any way. They just get mad and say the people with the sunlight are evil.

They don’t even bother to explain themselves!!!!!

Couldn’t Anita Dunn just call Beck and say…. “Very funny, you know I just said that for effect I really don’t like Mao much and didn’t think about all the bad he did when I said that…”

But no. She tells an obvious lie.

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

We showed Penn’s video (of him talking about the guy who gave him a Bible) in our church. The man has integrity and is as honest as he can be given the light that he has.

Here’s hoping for more light.

Akzed on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

That’s what you get for thinking a musician would make a great hero.

Ronnie on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

And by Martin Mull, I mean Tommy Smothers.

YYZ on October 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM

LOL, how could you make such an error?

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

What time is it when your “idol” starts screaming insanities into your face?

Time to get a new “idol.”

I disagree with a lot of what Penn stands for, but I respect his ability and desire to have meaningful discussion.

His problem in this video is that he is letting his love of Smothers color and affect his attitude toward what happened.

If that had been anyone else, he simply would have shrugged it off and called them (rightly so) a fanatic.

Basically what we saw in that video was a crisis of faith.

His beliefs have been shaken and he doesn’t know what to do.

Religious_Zealot on October 21, 2009 at 7:35 PM

I’m only surprised that it’s taken such an intelligent person, a conscious libertarian, so long to discover that those on the left tend to be intolerant of differing views.

Drained Brain on October 21, 2009 at 7:35 PM

I think Penn is fairly rightwing. His Showtime show on taxes was very good. I could be wrong though.

Norwegian on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Libertarian…

right2bright on October 21, 2009 at 7:35 PM

I think Penn may have had an epiphany, at least I hope so. I’ve always been a fan (great showman & fellow atheist), have caught his show multiple times and had the privilege of being part of the double mouth shot finale trick. Idol worship whether religious or secular is a bad idea.

SaintGeorgeGentile on October 21, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I think Penn is fairly rightwing. His Showtime show on taxes was very good. I could be wrong though.

Norwegian on October 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Penn’s more libertarian, including being for gay marriage (IIRC) and an atheist, so he’s probably uncomfortable with the Religious Right/Moral Majority folk.

Tommy Smothers was a popular entertainer in his day, so I think Penn idolizes his outspokenness & willingness to put his career on the line. Too bad Penn’s only now realizing that Tommy, like most leftists, only tolerates his own viewpoint.

rbj on October 21, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Mr. Jilette, you’re doing the right thing and you have the right perspective. When you appear on Beck’s show you have an opportunity to put your views forward in a non threatening environment.

Thats a very good thing.

dogsoldier on October 21, 2009 at 7:37 PM

interesting watching a guy explain the market place of ideas as well as any professor in this country. good clip.

rob verdi on October 21, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Tommy Smothers and Martin Mull?
Good think Paul Lynd is not alive. He would have torn Penn a new one.

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:37 PM

My fave Penn Quote is basically that his favorite thing about the internet is that you can go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.
I love this guy.

bbz123 on October 21, 2009 at 7:38 PM

He’s more libertarian than conservative. And he’s one of those people I’d love to sit down with and have a couple of adult beverages and talk.

I’m pretty sure Penn is a teetotaler. Think he said it on his BS show. He could have a shirley temple.

chicagojedi on October 21, 2009 at 7:38 PM

It’s a drag being yelled at by old TV has-beens.
BTW Penn, the guy who played The Professor in Gilligan’s Island is looking for your ass.

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Penn seems almost as hurt and upset as Juan Williams was when Warrren Ballentine told him to “go back to the porch” on O’Reilly.

Harsh but necessary lessons.

PoliTech on October 21, 2009 at 7:39 PM

I know how he feels. I got yelled at by Florence Henderson once.

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

RobCon on October 21, 2009 at 7:39 PM

lol…nice.

RepubChica on October 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Sometimes I think Penn Jillette IS Allahpundit.

edgehead on October 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

It is truly sad to see Penn Jillette realizing that his idol is just a human like the rest of us and sometimes the people we admire from afar aren’t what we think they are at all. I think you should put the content of what Penn said on Beck’s show aside and listen to what he is really saying. Even Penn, who is one smart guy, was shaken by what Smothers said and how he personally attacked him. That’s why I don’t get to know celebrities I’ve met very well because I may discover what Penn discovered and that putting people on our personal pedestals may not be such a good idea.

Texasrocker on October 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

I noted you’re echoing AP here. I thought that PJ was just being very thoughtful and particular about his choice of words — remember, he is trying to respond to his idol but probably doesn’t want to burn bridges. Is he crestfallen? I didn’t see it that way as much as you guys did.

LastRick on October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Not echoing, just agreeing. When I saw it earlier in the day it struck me as emotional. Could be I misread it.

flipflop on October 21, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Get new friends, Penn. For all the talk of diversity and acceptence, liberals will not accept a differing opinion nor honest debate. It’s a shocker, I know. Maybe you should call Juan Williams. He recently learned a similar lesson.

ROCnPhilly on October 21, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Oh yeah, Moxie. I remember that chick.

Purple Fury on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Penn Jillette needs to get a grip. I outgrew this kind of idol worship by the time I had reached 30. Who cares what a commie nitwit screams at you. I would have laughed in his face.

Mark1971 on October 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Great point…there is not one living person that would make be speak the way Penn does in this video though I think he made many good points. The best being -should he only go on shows of which he agrees?

CWforFreedom on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

boo friggin hoo…….

Take your millions and enjoy them.

The little people will just carry on.

nondhimmie on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

He hasn’t had him on, but yes you are, as always, out of the loop when it comes to Glenn Beck.

First of all, this is interesting and I ran across it a few days ago myself… but it’s not more important than the other items Beck has been covering. While you’re finding celebrity Obamacare videos Beck is talking about what happens if the dollar fails…
RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I have to agree about the Heather Graham video- why post that tripe twice when there are other, meatier items like you mentioned, particularly the currency issue, which is terrifying. Damn that Matt Drudge- killing the dollar.

But it ain’t my blog so what do I know?

Monica on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

There was a reason mom always liked Dick best.

Lily on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Beck is not right on everything, nor is anyone else, but to be vilified for being on the show is unacceptable. On the other hand, we who regularly speak out in favor of Conservative positions get this kind of treatment from colleagues all the time. Yes, I mean spit flying screed kind of treatment. Try being and NRA volunteer and teach in a public school in California sometime! I like the video – it speaks to me.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on October 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Kinda feel sorry for Penn- he realized that his friends are only his friends until he tries to wander off the idealogical “plantation”.
As someone once said- if you want a friend you can always count on, buy a dog.

jjshaka on October 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Glenn Beck is a decent guy for having this obnoxious and blatantly bigoted anti-Catholic, on his show. Smothers and Penn Jillette deserve each other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e3XXB9LmrI

Tolerance, the Jillette way.

sinsing on October 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Remember when Penn talked about the time a guy gave him a bible,and was praying for him? Penn said he was genuinely touched (and was emotional talking about it) that someone would go out of their way to think so much about him, to pray for him.

Penn is a gracious person.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 7:46 PM

He hasn’t had him on, but yes you are, as always, out of the loop when it comes to Glenn Beck.

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

It looks like you are the one who is out of the loop when it comes to Glenn Beck because Penn Jillette was a guest on his show.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,520858,00.html

SoulGlo on October 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Tommy Smothers was a popular entertainer in his day, so I think Penn idolizes his outspokenness & willingness to put his career on the line. Too bad Penn’s only now realizing that Tommy, like most leftists, only tolerates his own viewpoint.

rbj on October 21, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Yeah, Penn liked Smothers because he stood up against Nixon and felt his livelyhood was threatened… stand up for your beliefs no matter what… that is laudable.

But now Penn’s realization is that Smothers just hated Nixon. He didn’t really believe in anything. He really isn’t an example of anything good at all.

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:48 PM

“…and I said it was the same for Glenn Beck and the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour when people were writing into CBS about the Smothers Brothers being unpatriotic…”

So in a sense, those letter writers have been vindicated.

Nice work, Tommy.

The Ugly American on October 21, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Sometimes I think Penn Jillette IS Allahpundit.

edgehead on October 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

I wish. At least we’d laugh at jokes…not just Allah’s stance on issues.

HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Eh, can’t feel too sorry for him. Jillette is a big supporter of illegal immigration and being a libertarian probably thinks America defending itself is “evil imperialism”. Not to mention his buddies spent the past eight years screaming “neo-con” at everyone.

clearbluesky on October 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I have more respect for Penn Gillette than any entertainer. He really in genuine in his beliefs, and is respectful to others. He is not a hater, and recognizes that people truly can get along even if their core beliefs are different.

I think we can all learn alot from Penn. We may not agree, but I’ll defend his right to say it.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Here’s a personal Penn anecdote.

In April 2004 a friend and I drove south from New Hampshire to Northampton MA (western Taxachusetts) for the first night of the 35th anniversary reunion show of the best rock and roll band no one ever heard of, NRBQ. Penn’s a longtime fan of the band and was there for both shows. He was seen sitting at the local Starbucks drinking Joe with fellow NRBQ fan Mike Scully, who had also flown in from La-La land to see the shows. Mike made NRBQ the house band of “The Simpsons” in seasons 10 and 11, and they even appeared as animated form as themselves in an episode.

Anyway, during the first show, NRBQ keyboardist Terry Adams launched into a rather bizarre diatribe about the evil George Bush. Most of us in the audience had been to dozens of NRBQ performances over those 35 years, and never heard anything like it. Some people were so offended they got up and walked out. Similar to what happened with Linda Ronstadt in Vegas.

Penn stayed, which proves he’s not as “conservative” as some would make him out to be. The music was what mattered.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I’m so glad that when I met my childhood idol, he turned out to be a nice guy and didn’t yell at me.

Then again, I doubt you’ll find TMZ posting stories of Weird Al Yankovic yelling at anybody…

ScottMcC on October 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

There was a reason mom always liked Dick best.

Lily on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

LOL!!!!

The Ugly American on October 21, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Remember when Penn talked about the time a guy gave him a bible,and was praying for him? Penn said he was genuinely touched (and was emotional talking about it) that someone would go out of their way to think so much about him, to pray for him.

Penn is a gracious person.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Speaking of prayer. At a very large meeting I was at this week the woman who gave the closing prayer prayed that our leaders would be led to make better decisions on our behalf… I don’t believe I have even thought to pray that Obama, Pelosi… would make better choices. I am always so focused against them I forget that they are our leaders and I should pray for them…

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Sometimes I think Penn Jillette IS Allahpundit.

edgehead on October 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Well, they are similar — Penn’s very honest, which is why I respect him and his non-belief. He isn’t like one of these miso-theists who do all they can to belittle religious faith, Christianity in particular.

Richard Romano on October 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Tommy Smothers must be one paranoid M-Fer.

Yeah, Penn was clearly bothered that his idol was upset with him but as a professional and as a man he has made his way further and with more mass appeal than any Smothers Brother ever did.

Tommy might be smart to listen instead of scold.

FireBlogger on October 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM

The lesson is Penn’s idol is not worthy of his worship. He learned the terrible truth, his paternal figure idol was a hateful as*hole. You can never ever trust a hater. Penn is freaking awesome, uber rational and witty.

ray on October 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I used to listen to a Smothers Brothers record my parents had, and thought it was hilarious. I’m not surprised though to learn that yet another person in the entertainment industry is a mean spirited liberal.

4shoes on October 21, 2009 at 7:54 PM

RightWinged on October 21, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Yeah, you were whining about this on Twitter too. Don’t like our coverage? Don’t read it. Start your own blog. Ride that “changing the locks” story, which was linked in Headlines this morning, into the ground.

Allahpundit on October 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I was going to comment, but you took the words outta my mind…I was getting tired of him ragging on you sor not keeping the site “pure” for only political events. If he doesn’t like it, don’t read it…good grief. Bitch and moan..

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

t’s a drag being yelled at by old TV has-beens.
BTW Penn, the guy who played The Professor in Gilligan’s Island is looking for your ass.

I know this is way out there and way OT, but just for the record the prof in real life is a classy guy and so is his wife. Good people from my experience. :)

And FWIW Penn’s show on Showtime Bullsh*t is entertaining even when I don’t agree with him in some cases (atheism, etc.). And, as has been pointed out, he’s a major libertarian type.

WitchDoctor on October 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

The lesson is Penn’s idol is not worthy of his worship.
ray on October 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM

An Atheist’s idol turns out to be false. Now that is ironic.

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Yeah, Glenn is such a bad guy! Believer in limited, efficient government, personal responsibility and accountability, individual liberty and freedom. What a dirtbag!

People shouldn’t idolize other people- they will almost always disappoint.

alwaysright43 on October 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

I don’t believe I have even thought to pray that Obama, Pelosi… would make better choices. I am always so focused against them I forget that they are our leaders and I should pray for them…

petunia on October 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Good point Petunia. I pray for Obama & the liberals in power every day. For them to make the right decisions. To do what is right. To not make decisions with hate in their hearts.

What else can you do?

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Tommy Smothers\’ message is all too familiar. Certain viewpoints are not permitted. I was a leftist when The Smothers Brothers show was on, and they seemed to be supporting free speech with their impudence. Now Tommy is a goddamned fascist. How on earth did this happen? How can an intelligent man like Tommy not see the contradiction in his insistence on shutting down all opinions but his own?

Tyrone Slothrop on October 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I like Penn Gillette. He thinks for himself and he is open minded. He respects all points of view and doesn’t demean or belittle people that don’t have the same views. He is the real thing. Tommy Smothers on the other hand doesn’t think, he rages and lashes out. Don’t change Penn! I respect you even more for thoughtfully thinking about what was said to you. You keep doing what you do. We need more people like you, not more people like Tommy Smothers.

Buffalo on October 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I agree with Penn on some issues, and disagree with him on many others. I admire him in this instance for being able to honestly question his own actions and beliefs when confronted by a jerk. Introspection is a good thing, and quite rare.

Splashman on October 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Tommy Smothers must be one paranoid M-Fer.

FireBlogger on October 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Tommy smothers is an asshole. His brother isn’t much better. I forget which one it was, but one of their sons was “disowned” from the family after he started doing porn. Quite a nice family them Smothers.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Tommy Smothers must be one paranoid M-Fer.

FireBlogger on October 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Tommy smothers is an as*hole. His brother isn’t much better. I forget which one it was, but one of their sons was “disowned” from the family after he started doing porn. Quite a nice family them Smothers.

portlandon on October 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM

When I saw it earlier in the day it struck me as emotional. Could be I misread it.

flipflop on October 21, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Me too, in fact I got emotional. I loved Laugh-In. The Smothers Brothers broke ground in pushing the envelope with TV censors…I understand what Penn meant…I also respect Penn, even if we have differing ideas. He is always respectful and truthful. I think he was so surprised at the hatefulness of someone he had previously respected and held in high esteem.

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 8:04 PM

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