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For over 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels—and at times physics and good taste-- by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.



With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Fallon to Friends, The Simpsons to Colbert, Modern Family to Big Bang Theory, comedy’s most enduring team show no signs of slowing down.

With an amazing eight wins as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” their 18-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them the longest running and one of the most-beloved headline acts in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip.

Currently they host the hit series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! for The CW Network, on which up-and-comers and magic veterans try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the duo’s hit Las Vegas stage show. The show was nominated for a 2017 Critic’s Choice Award and will return for a sixth hit season in June 2019.

Their acclaimed Showtime series, Penn & Teller: BS! was nominated for 13 Emmys and was the longest-running series in the history of the network. The show tackled the fakes and frauds behind such topics as alien abduction, psychics and bottled water.

Along the way, they’ve written New York Times Best-Sellers, hosted their own Emmy-nominated variety show for FX, starred in their own specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central and produced the critically lauded feature film documentary The Aristocrats. Their acclaimed documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, follows Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison on his quest to discover the methods used by Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer. The Sony Pictures Classics film was nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for the 2014 Oscars.

As individuals, they are just as prolific. Teller directed versions of Macbeth and The Tempest that toured to raves from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, co-wrote and directed the Off-Broadway thriller Play Dead and has written two books. Penn has written three books, including the New York Times Best Sellers, “God No!” and 2017’s “Presto”. He hosted the NBC game show Identity and donned his ballroom shoes for ABC’s hit Dancing With The Stars. Penn also showed his business savvy on two seasons of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

With inclusions in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, as answers on Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, their status as cultural icons and the preeminent duo in comedy was once again reinforced when Katy Perry personally asked them to co-star in the video for her #1 song, “Waking Up in Vegas.”

Penn & Teller recently returned to Broadway in a triumphant smash six-week long engagement that USA Today called, “Deliciously unsettling.” It was the highest-grossing non-musical on Broadway for its entire run.

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Penn & Teller STAGE CREDITS

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Broadway Revival, 2000
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[Off-Broadway, 2024]
Producer
 
[West End, 2021] [Replacement]
Writers[Replacement]

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Playwright

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Obie Awards - 1985 - Special Citations

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Harrison Greenbaum to Debut WHAT JUST HAPPENED? at Asylum NYC

Harrison Greenbaum will debut his solo comedy and magic show in NYC at Asylum NYC. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.
Photos: Producers Penn & Teller Visit STALKER at New World Stages

Producers Penn and Teller recently paid a visit to the off-Broadway show, Stalker, now playing at New World Stages. Check out photos here!
The Coppell Arts Center Reveals 2024-25 Season Lineup

The Coppell Arts Center has announced its 2024-2025 presenting season, Experience IT!, with seven shows. Learn more about the full season lineup here!
Penn & Teller to Join STALKER at New World Stages as Special Guests

Join the special performance of STALKER featuring guests Penn & Teller. Learn more about STALKER at New World Stages, and learn how to purchase tickets.
STALKER Will Offer $30 General Rush and Online Ticket Policy

The producers of Stalker have announced the production's in-person rush and online lottery and rush ticket policy.  Find out how to get discount tickets to Stalker here!
Ali Cook Will Bring PRINCIPLES OF DECEPTION to Royal and Derngate This July

Co-written with acclaimed comedian, Dave Gorman, with choreography by award-winning dance company BirdGang, Principles of Deception iscoming exclusively to Northampton this Summer.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo At Rhapsody Theater With Back-to-Back Magic Shows

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at RHAPSODY THEATER with Spanish language magic shows. Enjoy the limited-time pop-up restaurant from Frida Room.
BWW Q&A: Asi Wind Talks About His Upcoming Show at Ridgefield Playhouse

The famous Magic Castle in Hollywood awarded Asi Wind Magician of the Year. Recently, he concluded his sold-out off-Broadway show, Inner Circle, which ran for 448 performances and had six extensions. Wind’s show received extensive coverage in several prominent journals and newspapers worldwide, including a New York Times Critic’s pick.
Photos: Inside Opening Night of STALKER at New World Stages

Performances are now underway for Stalker, which just celebrated its opening night Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Check out photos from opening night here!
Review Roundup: STALKER Opens at New World Stages

Directed by “Eurovision” mastermind Edward Af Sillén, Stalker just celebrated its opening night Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Check out what the critics are saying about the new show!
See Norbert Leo Butz, Claybourne Elder & More at Bucks County Playhouse This Spring

See Bucks County Playhouse's spring lineup, and learn how to purchase tickets!
Photos: First Look at Illusionist Show STALKER at New World Stages

Penn & Teller produce Brynolf & Ljung in their New York theatrical debut, Stalker, which combines street magic, stunning illusions and physical mentalism, leaving audiences both thrilled and mystified. Check out all new photos here!
WAITRESS, FAT HAM & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse 2024/25 Season

San Francisco Playhouse has revealed its 22nd season, to be presented September 2024 to September 2025. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: MIND MANGLER: MEMBER OF THE TRAGIC CIRCLE, Apollo Theatre

A spin off from Mischief Theatre’s Magic Goes Wrong,  Mind Mangler: Member Of The Tragic Circle makes its official London debut.
Spotlight: ASI WIND at Ridgefield Playhouse

Asi Wind - Incredibly Human
Swedish Magicians Bring STALKER to New York's New World Stages

The Swedish magicians Peter Brynolf and Jonas Ljung were among the first ever to succeed in fooling the legendary Penn & Teller in the first season of the program 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us!'. Now Penn & Teller is producing Brynolf & Ljung's New York debut: 'Stalker'. Premiere April 1 at New World Stages - a stone's throw from Times Square in New York.
GRAND HOTEL 35TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION, Alysha Umphress, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. Learn more about the performances here!
Celebrate Leap Day at 54 Below Next Week

On February 29, 2024, a Leap Day show returns to 54 Below. Learn more about the show here!
Andi Gladwin Brings SHUFFLED! to Rhapsody Theater in March

Renowned British magician Andi Gladwin will bring his first-ever solo production, Shuffled – a fusion of storytelling and technology – at The Rhapsody Theater Chicago in March.
Isaac Mizrahi, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Performers & More Are Coming to Bucks County Playhouse

Music and magic — with a dash of celebrity — are on tap at Bucks County Playhouse this March, as the New Hope theatre continues its Winter-Spring Visiting Artists Series. Learn about programming and see how to purchase tickets!

Penn & Teller FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Penn & Teller been in?

Penn & Teller has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Penn & Teller been in?

Penn & Teller has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Penn & Teller been nominated for?

Penn & Teller have been nominated for Special Citations at the Obie Awards.

What awards has Penn & Teller won?

Penn & Teller have won Special Citations at the Obie Awards.

How many shows has Penn & Teller written?

Penn & Teller has written 1 shows including Penn & Teller (Playwright).

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