Born in Greenfield, MA, Penn Jillette is a comedian and magician who also served as a voice-over artist and spokesperson for Comedy Central in the 1990s. Among many other jobs he did for the network, Jillette served as host of the 1993 Mystery Science Theater 3000 making-of special, This Is MST3K.
His voiceover promos that Comedy Central chose to run over the end credits of many episodes of MST3K are not remembered fondly. When a number of these promos were run over episodes with credit gags, most famously during the extended broken button sequence of a rerun of Episode #301 - Daddy-O, many MSTies sent in complaints about the lack of attention Comedy Central was giving the show. Comedy Central eventually decided to stop the voice-overs during MST3K's credits.
Penn is mentioned in the tribute to doughy guys during Episode #522 - Teen-Age Crime Wave. He is also referred to in Episode #605 - Colossus and the Headhunters, in which Dr. Forrester explains that NummyMuffinCoocolButter is so cute that it makes "Snuggles [sic] the fabric-softener bear look like Penn Jillette."
Penn appeared (with Teller) during The Final Countdown, a special marking the end of the Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 campaign, explaining one of the rewards that he and Teller were offering.
- Penn plays bass with a jazz band (led by Mike Jones) before his stage show most nights
- Penn has been quoted as saying that smoking monkeys are the funniest thing in human history
- Penn is a big fan of raspberry Krispy Kreme donuts and Razzleberry pie.
- Penn has two children. Zolten Jillette (his wife's maiden name) and Moxy Crimefighter Jillette.
- Penn graduated from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College
- Penn hosted a radio show with fellow juggler, Michael Goudeau until early 2007.
- Penn is a vocal Atheist and Skeptic.
Penn Jillette at Wikipedia