Al Franken Information

Alan Stuart Franken is a U.S. politician turned author, media personality, and comedian who between the years 2009 to 2018 was the Senator for Minnesota. He first shot into popularity in the 70s and 80s during his years as a staff writer and performer for the Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedy show.

From a career spanning decades as a writer and actor on TV, Al Franken began taking part actively in the liberal politics in the U.S. Hosting the Al Franken Show on Air America Radio. In 2008, he got elected into the U.S. Senate as a nominee of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party.

Al Franken's writing career began while he was in high school, where he and longtime friend Tom Davis were known for their comedy. The duo was recruited as the original writers and sometimes performed on the Saturday Night Live (SNL) in the years between 1975-1980 and 1985-1995. For his TV writing and producing, Franken got seven Emmy nominations and three awards.

In 1995 he wrote and starred in the movie Stuart Saves His Family that was based on the SNL character Stuart Smalley. The film was not quite commercially successful, and it is reported it made Franken go into depression. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film aggregate rating stood at 30%, but The Washington Post and Gene Siskel gave it a move favorable ratings.

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