Al Franken

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Actor • Comedian • Politician • Personality • Satirist

Birth Date: May 21, 1951

Age: 72 years old

Birth Place: Manhattan, New York

As a sketch comedy writer and featured performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Al Franken used biting satire and casual irony to skewer all things cultural and political before turning to a career in politics and an appointment to the U.S. Senate. Partnered with high school friend Tom Davis, Franken earned big laughs - and the occasional outrage - for his shock jock-like parodies and sketches that fearlessly targeted presidents, celebrities and even the president of NBC, which resulted in Franken's five-year departure from the show. When he returned in 1985, Franken was more subdued, though no less funny, veering away from the over-the-top satire of the past. Always looking to expand into different arenas and never afraid to back down from a fight, Franken delved deeper into his political interests, particularly after he left "SNL" in 1995. Fueled by his outrage at the conservative movement in the mid-1990s, Franken wrote several bestselling books that skewered the right in hilarious fashion, while in the next decade he took the fight to the airwaves in 2004 when he landed his own highly-rated radio show on the fledgling liberal network, Air America. A regular participant on USO tours who frequented war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, Franken completed the transformation from entertainment to politics when he ran for United States Senator in 2008, making him one of the rare politically active celebrities who sought to use his fame for the common public good. Franken proved to be a focused, research-oriented senator who supported a number of Democratic causes. However, his tenure came to an abrupt halt in 2017 when, after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, he made the decision to step down, announcing his resignation at a press conference on December 7, 2017.

Credits

The Daily Show

Host
Show
2023

CBS Mornings

Guest
News
2021

Chris Farley: Anything for a Laugh

Self
Show
2019

People Features

Guest
Show
2018

Hot Grease

Self
Show
2017

I Love You, America with Sarah SilvermanStream

Guest
Series
2017
93%

The History of ComedyStream

Self
Docuseries
2017

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Actor
Movie
2017

En ubehagelig oppfølger

Actor
Other
Movie
2017

Matter of Fact With Soledad O'Brien

Guest
Talk
2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

Guest
Talk
2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

Guest
Talk
2015

State of the Union With Jake Tapper

Guest
Show
2014

The Rich Eisen Show

Guest
Show
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Guest
Talk
2014

The Internet Must Go

Self
Show
2013

CBS This Morning

Guest
Show
2012

Split: A Deeper Divide

Actor
Movie
2012

Hot Coffee

Actor
Movie
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

Overheard With Evan Smith

Guest
Show
2010

Netroots Nation 2010

Guest
Show
2010

The Colbert Report

Guest
Talk
2005

Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable

Actor
Show
2004

Tavis Smiley

Guest
Talk
2004

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

Almanac

Guest
Show
2002

This Week With George Stephanopoulos

Guest
News
2002

An Evening at the Improv

Host
Show
2000

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

Guest
Talk
1999

From the Earth to the MoonStream

Actor
Jerome Weisner
Miniseries
1998

Lateline

Actor
Al Freundlich
Show
1998

Lateline

Executive Producer
Show
1998

The ViewStream

Guest
Talk
1997

The Definite Maybe

Actor
Movie
1997

3rd Rock from the SunStream

Guest Star
Series
1996

Stuart Saves His Family

Actor
Stuart Smalley
Movie
1995

Late Show With David Letterman

Guest
Talk
1993

Charlie Rose

Guest
Show
1991

One More Saturday Night

Actor
Paul Flum
Movie
1986

One More Saturday Night

Screenwriter
Movie
1986

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras

Writer
Show
1977

Tunnelvision

Actor
Al
Movie
1976

Saturday Night LiveStream

Actor
Series
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

Writer
Series
1975

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Al Franken