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CCI | Penn & Teller Tell A Lie Panel

The comedy team of Penn & Teller appeared at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday to preview their new show, Penn & Teller Tell a Lie. Spinoff Online sat in as the duo discussed the new show, the demise of their previous Showtime series Bullshit, and the search for truth that keeps them going.

After a warm welcome from the crowd, moderator Glen Ally asked an important question: “Will Teller be speaking?”

The generally silent performer cleared his throat and responded, “Fuck yes,” to the delight of the audience.

“For over 35 years they have defied labels, physics and often good taste,” Ally continued. “We’re here for a very specific purpose. After eight years of Penn & Teller: Bullshit, you are launching a new show on Discovery.”

“We kind of forced Showtime into doing a show about science and reality,” admitted Penn Jillette, the more outspoken half of the duo. “We did get to have naked people and we did get to say profanity. I am one of the only people who does not own a motorcycle who has said ‘motherfucker’ enough.”

After referring to their new home as “The Disco Channel,” Jillette mentioned that the cable network was “more interested in science.” Unlike Bullshit, the performer hopes Tell a Lie will take a more pointed view of both science and objective reality. He then outlined the format: “We’re doing six packages, most of them [featuring] us. One of those stories will be a fake, a complete lie. [After each episode], the audience can go to and vote on which is a lie.”

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