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Al Franken is best known for nearly two decades of work on Saturday Night Live (1975). During that time he wrote, performed in and produced hundreds of sketches, including "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" and "The Final Days," a piece about the last days of Richard Nixon's presidency. A noted political commentator and satirist, Franken ... See full bio »
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 2010 Monologues Volume 1 (Short)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 285 episodes, 1976 - 2008) (written by - 14 episodes, 1975 - 1979) (additional sketch - 1 episode, 1995) (additional sketches - 1 episode, 1995)
- James Franco/Kings of Leon (2008) ... (writer)
- David Alan Grier/Silverchair (1995) ... (additional sketch)
- Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) ... (additional sketches)
- David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) ... (writer)
- Bob Saget/TLC (1995) ... (writer)
 2005 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 2004 The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 The Al Franken Show (TV Series)
 1999 Saturday Night Live 25 (TV Special documentary) (uncredited)
  LateLine (TV Series) (22 episodes, 1998 - 1999) (writer - 1 episode, 1998)
- The Christian Guy (1999) ... (creator)
- Karp's Night Out (1999) ... (creator)
- Svadharma (1999) ... (creator)
- Kids 'N' Guns (1999) ... (creator)
- The Minister of Television (1999) ... (creator)
 1998 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (TV Special documentary)
 1998 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (TV Special documentary)
 1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV Series) (additional material - 1 episode)
- Sharon Meyers (1997) ... (additional material)
 1996-1997 Politically Incorrect (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode dated 30 May 1997 (1997) ... (writer)
- Episode dated 29 April 1997 (1997) ... (writer)
- Episode dated 16 April 1997 (1997) ... (writer)
- Episode dated 20 March 1997 (1997) ... (writer)
- Episode dated 11 February 1997 (1997) ... (writer)
 1995 Stuart Saves His Family (book) / (screenplay)
 1995 The 67th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material)
 1994 When a Man Loves a Woman (written by)
 1992 Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash (TV Movie) (special material)
 1987 The Best of Chevy Chase (Video documentary)
 1986 The Best of Dan Aykroyd (Video)
 1986 One More Saturday Night (written by)
 1985 The Best of John Belushi (Video) (written by)
 1984 The New Show (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... (writer)
 1983 The Coneheads (TV Short)
 1981 Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (TV Movie)
 1977 The Paul Simon Special (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

Radio: Hosts a political commentary talk show on Air America Radio. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 235 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Franken & Davis | Franken and Davis | Al 'Bud' Franken | Sen. Al Franken | Senator Al Franken | Franken


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[2/96, interview with Mark Schapiro for "Salon"] The reason I chose [Rush Limbaugh] is, first of all, when I made the decision, it was late '94, right before the congressional elections. He was this huge power, he was being called the "Majority Maker" . . . and I listened to him, I just listened to him. And I thought, "How does this guy get away with this? . . . Someone's got to do something ... See more »


His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, and his maternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His maternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. See more »

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