Today marks the 38th anniversary of Penn Jilette’s first performance with Teller. Originally their act was a trio called the Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. That’s them above! The third guy was a funny musician named Weir Chrisimer, who remained with the act until 1981. Penn and Teller started to hit it big about four years later.
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
And check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc