I recently posted a Penn Jillette video where the great showman explains how he and his partner Teller found inspiration in a most-unlikely source: a live performance by bizarre country singer David Allan Coe.
Above is another fantastic bit from Penn about the time that Tommy Smothers, one of his idols, ripped into him for appearing on Glenn Beck's Fox News Show.
Smothers, who in my opinion is unfunny as a comedian and untalented as a folk singer (and vice versa), never tires of talking about his overrated TV show was kicked off the air for political reasons back in the Vietnam days and how that was an affront to free speech, yadda yadda yadda.
And yet he seems incapable of appreciating anything the Penn actually had to say on his various appearances on Glenn Beck. Or any sense of how people might, you know, engage in conversation and exchange of ideas rather than just smug self-righteousness. Maybe that's the real reason Tommy's mother loved his brother best.