Senator Al Franken Talks Punchlines and Policy

51 min
at 9:00 AM
 (Photo: Owen Franken)

Before Al Franken was a Senator representing Minnesota, he was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live. Franken appeared on and off the show through 1995, most notably as the affirmation-spouting self-help guru Stuart Smalley. When Franken joined Congress in 2008, he swore off using comedy in an effort to be taken seriously as a policy maker. But after his own re-election and the rise of Donald Trump, Franken's biting sense of humor is once again on display. In his new book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” Franken takes aim at everyone and everything, from learning to "pivot" from reporters' questions to Ted Cruz --“the guy who microwaves fish in the office kitchen." Franken joins us today to talk about his days with SNL and politics and humor during Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Al Franken, U.S. senator from Minnesota; author of "Giant of the Senate"

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