Al Franken: From Saturday Night Live to Senate
In one of the closest senate races in US history, comedian and author Al Franken (D) is poised to defeat incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R) in Minnesota. The recount, which is still underway, has reversed Coleman’s Election Day lead and leaves Franken with a razor thin 50 vote margin out of over 2.8 million votes cast (0.001%). The candidates are currently in disagreement on which of the roughly 1,350 wrongly rejected ballots should be counted.
As a comedian, Franken might best be remembered as one of the original Saturday Night Live cast members (1975-1980). After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the show for a 10-year run during which introduced the popular reoccurring sketch: Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley. Franken wrote his first book, I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley, based on the character and the sketch. He later also wrote and starred in the film Stuart Saves His Family.
Franken might also be renowned for his more recent political activism and satire. His bestselling novel Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right prompted Fox News to file a lawsuit his publisher for the use of the trademark phrase “fair and balanced.” The suit was dropped after a judge denied Fox’s motion for an injunction. Five of his books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list, three of which have reached #1, including his latest book: The Truth (With Jokes).
All Books by Al Franken:
- I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley (Dell Books, 1992)
- Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (Delacorte Press, 1996)
- Why Not Me? (Delacorte Press, 1999)
- Oh, the Things I Know! A Guide to Success, or Failing That, Happiness (Plume Books, 2003)
- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (Dutton Books, 2003)
- The Truth (with jokes) (Dutton Books, 2005)