Al Franken making a comeback as paid public speaker

The former senator and SNL alum is now available for hire.
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Al Franken is embarking on a new career: public speaking.

The comedian, writer and former senator has been signed by United Talent Agency (UTA), which represents a wide variety of big-name speakers from politics, sports and entertainment.

Franken's new gig was announced by the agency in an email sent to "potential bookers and promoters" this week, Bloomberg News reported. 

UTA's bio of Franken states:

"As the only speaker on the lecture circuit who has won 5 Emmys (Wikipedia missed two for producing), written 4 New York Times #1 best-sellers, taken home 2 Grammys, and served as a United States Senator, Al Franken brings a unique voice to the stage." 

The agency promises that the Saturday Night Live alum "delivers a singular experience," whether he's talking about "his career in comedy or in public service."

As Bloomberg points out, Franken's UTA bio does not mention the details of his resignation from the U.S. Senate, which came after a woman revealed Franken groped her during a USO show in 2006.

Though this is a major return to the limelight for him, it's not necessarily his first step back into the public sphere. 

Since last November, he's hosted The Al Franken Podcast, in which he discusses politics with weekly guests.

It's not clear how much it would cost to book Franken through UTA, but celebrities who do public speaking engagements don't come cheap. According to a ranking from Love Money, speakers of Franken's stature can make nearly $100,000 (and in some cases, much more) — per speech. 


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