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An Interview with Former U.S. Senator, Al Franken

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“I probably like Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz, but I hate Ted Cruz.” – Al Franken

I sat down and talked comedy & politics with Al Franken about his upcoming show Saturday May 14 at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, a part of his “The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour Tour”

Al Franken is the only U.S. Senator who was also one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, and served Minnesota in the U.S, Senate from 2009-2018.

He has won five Emmy’s for writing and producing, as well as two Grammys. Al is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other ObservationsLies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, and Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

The Al Franken Podcast is one of the nation’s top-ten politics and public affairs podcasts with guests like Malcolm Nance, Sarah Silverman, Paul Krugman, Chris Rock, and Michelle Obama. Well, not Michelle Obama, but guests like her.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • How Jimmy and Al met on the show of Indecision 92 for Comedy Central (02:30)
  • Al’s time at Harvard, where he met his wife, Franni (06:19)
  • Al’s show at The Wilbur Theater in Boston (08:50)
  • Al’s views on Ted Cruz, and who the funniest Senator is (10:20)
  • Al’s personal experiences with Joe Biden during his time as a Senator. (14:00)
  • His thoughts on the Biden Administration (16:57)
  • Some glimpses at his comedy act, his love of stand up comedy as an art form including the Counterintuitive Hotel (23:00)

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