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Al Franken joins in Saturday Night Live's 40th reunion

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was expected to be on hand for the big Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show Sunday night.

He's not been very public about his appearance on the program, though, according to The Hill, which noted that his Senate office and social media accounts have been silent on the issue.

Franken has put some distance between his former comedy career and his current one as a U.S. senator, The Hill notes.

Franken was one of the original writers on the irreverent sketch comedy. He joined the crew in 1975, when he was just 24 years old. He left for a few years, then returned in 1995 and remained with the show for another decade — writing and creating a few of his own memorable characters including the self-help guru Stewart Smalley.

Franken became an author and radio talk show host before leaving the media/entertainment business for politics. He's been representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2009, and easily won re-election to a second term in November.

Franken admitted last year that being on SNL is far more entertaining than working in the Senate, according to The Hill.

“Everyone asks me, is being a senator as much fun as being on ‘Saturday Night Live?’ And the answer is no,” Franken said to laughter in the chamber. “But it’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

Franken recently spoke with the St. Cloud Times about his time on SNL.

"None of us could have envisioned it lasting 40 years when we started, but ... I really did feel it was going to be a hit," Franken told the Times. "When I saw the people who were involved, I went, 'OK, this is the first time we've all been allowed to do a TV show for our generation.' ... There hadn't really been anything like the show we were doing on TV before."

The first season of SNL, which featured Franken as a writer, was named recently as one of the best written TV series of all time. It was ranked 25th.

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