Vegas Favorites Penn and Teller Receive Key to City
This morning (May 31), Rio Vegas headliners Penn & Teller met with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman to receive a key to the city in honor of their community service.
This year is the duo’s tenth anniversary of performing their irreverent show at Rio Las Vegas, and during that decade the pair has raised nearly $710,000 for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) to combat HIV/AIDS.
The magicians sponsor the annual Penn & Teller Challenge as part of AIDS Walk Las Vegas, matching the donations of those who take part in the challenge. They’ve served as Grand Marshals for the event for the last 10 years.
Though their cause is a serious one, the meeting with the mayor was a lighthearted event.
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While we tried our best, we couldn’t elicit any comment from Teller. (Teller does speak, of course, just not on camera or while onstage.)
We knew the gathering was off to a fine start when Penn entered the waiting room outside the mayor’s office and said, “Forget the key to the city, can I get the key to the men’s room?”
Mayor Goodman, the “happiest mayor in the universe,” is in the final months of his mayorship before he’s ousted due to pesky term limitations. We asked if this would be the last key to the city he’d bestow, and he replied, “I can guarantee it’s the last key I’m going to give out this month.” (Note: It’s May 31.)
When asked what the pair will do with their key to the city, Penn said, “We’ll probably find a place where no one’s watching and fight over it.”
In a nod to Las Vegas being home to innumerable hotel rooms, upon receiving the key to the city, Penn added, “I almost expected we’d get the keycard to the city.”