Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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.

Next Up

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.

ambulance

Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 8.27.12 AM

St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago

The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

ambulance

2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.

Related