Al Franken


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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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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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(1975-2008)
Trading Places Baggage Handler #1
(1983)
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(1998-1999)

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 2010 Monologues Volume 1 (Short)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 285 episodes, 1976 - 2008) (creative consultant - 40 episodes, 1988 - 1990) (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)
 2007 Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (TV Special documentary)
 2005 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz (TV Special) (uncredited)
 2004 The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 The Al Franken Show (TV Series)
 2000 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (TV Special documentary)
 1999 Saturday Night Live 25 (TV Special documentary) (uncredited)
  LateLine (TV Series) (creator - 23 episodes, 1998 - 1999) (written by - 2 episodes, 1998) (writer - 1 episode, 1998) (teleplay - 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 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 by)
 1994 When a Man Loves a Woman (written by)
 1992 Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash (TV Special) (special material)
 1987 The Best of Chevy Chase (Video documentary)
 1986 The Best of Dan Aykroyd (Video) (written by)
 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 Special)
 1979 Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (written by)
 1977 The Paul Simon Special (TV Special)
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Show Show Actor (20 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (120 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (32 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in the Ray Parker Jr. video "Ghost Busters" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 246 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 »

Trivia:

Left Saturday Night Live (1975) as a writer and featured cast member in 1995 after his request to be the Weekend Update news anchor was denied. He has since admitted that Norm MacDonald was the better choice for the role, due to both MacDonald's deadpan delivery and apolitical comedy style, in contrast with Franken's partisan progressive stance. See more »

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