Really interesting video or “vlog” from Penn Jillette concerning a recent encounter with one of his idols, Tommy Smothers. First some background. Jillette, the talker of the comedy-magic team Penn and Teller is known for being an outspoken libertarian. This has led him to have much in common with conservatives and liberals…but as you know, true believers always have a purity test, so to liberals he’s a conservative, to conservatives he’s a liberal and never the twain shall meet.
Tommy Smothers, along with his brother Dick, make up the comedy act, The Smothers Brothers, which had a show on CBS in the 1960s. Both are outspoken liberals who generated a lot of controversy on their show with anti-Vietnam War, anti-Nixon, anti-anyone to the right of George McGovern rhetoric.
For Jillette, Tommy Smothers, the comedian, is someone he grew up idolizing. Recently, they were on some sort of talk show together and the subject of Penn’s appearance on the Glenn Beck show came up. In the video, Jillette explains how it went to hell (WARNING: Strong language):