Saturday Night Live & Al Franken

Saturday Night Live (abbreviated as SNL) is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and Variety Show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Alan Stuart Al Franken (born May 21, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. 5.0/5

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How 'Saturday Night Live' handled SNL alum Al Franken's sexual assault scandal might not be what you expected
Before Al Franken was a senator he was a writer on Saturday Night Live. Franken proposed this “joke…
Al Franken. He's a Senator in Minnesota, but was on Saturday Night Live for years. Character in the sweater was "Stuart Smalley".
I asked 3 ppl who voted for Al Franken why.. They said they voted for him cause he was on Satur…
From Democrats Abroad we have this message on a special call-in event with Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota, the former Saturday Night Live star, before becoming a politian.
There’s a refrain familiar to any regular Capitol Hill reporter trying to ask a question of Senator Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum: “I don’t talk to national press. You’ll have to speak to my staff. I only talk to Minnesota press.”
Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) said he's been just about perfect as a lawmaker in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's This Week. The former Saturday Night Live comedian was asked whether he would
Sen. Al Franken said on ABC’s “This Week” that his job as a lawmaker has been so “impeccable” that he wouldn’t have anything to make fun of himself if he were still a comedian on “Saturday Night Live.”
I always expect Al Franken to look at the camera and give a "Live from NY it's Saturday Night!!"
The Best Advice of the Year By Craig Ballantyne It was my golden age of television. When I was thirteen years old, I’d race home from my Sunday morning hockey game, rewind the tape in the VCR, lie on the family room floor out at the old farmhouse, and watch a recording of the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon. Colon Blow. Happy Fun Ball (still legal in 16 states!). Church Lady. Deep thoughts by Jack Handey. Those names and skits still bring a smile to my face almost 25 years later. Even Stuart Smalley. Do you remember that character played by Al Franken? Smalley was a parody of the self-help and affirmation world, with a catch-phrase he’d repeat to himself in a mirror, “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!” It wasn’t a character that would elicit a great belly laugh, but a smile and a chuckle all the same. Stuart Smalley’s advice, however, won’t get you very far in the real world. Affirmations might give yo ...
Excerpt from Al Franken's book "Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them "Ann Coulter: Nutcase"  "I know. You think the chapter title is a little harsh. But, believe me, in Coulter’s case, “nutcase” is more than justified. I should know. You see, Ann and I are friends. I personally wasn’t aware of that myself until I read it in the New York Observer. They did a profile of Coulter when her bile-filled, relentlessly ugly best-seller Slander topped The New York Times list. And for some reason— I guess to establish her bona fides as just a lovable gal about town— she told the writer from the Observer that she was “friendly with” Al Franken.  I found that odd. I have met Ann Coulter once. At a Saturday Night Live party. When she introduced herself to me, I made what in retrospect was a terrible mistake. Instead of saying, “Ann Coulter! You’re a horrible person. Ooooh, I just hate you!” or something along those lines— instead, I was cordial. For maybe a minute or two.  That is the sum ...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Al Franken barely made it into the Senate the first time, squeaking by with 312 votes after months of recounts and legal skirmishes that left Minnesota Republicans salivating at the prospect of snatching the seat back from the former "Saturday Night Live" star in 2014.So far,…
Stuart Smalley is a fictional character invented and performed by satirist Al Franken. The character originated on the television show Saturday Night Live, in a mock self-help show called "Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley." It first aired on SNL's February 9, 1991 episode hosted by Kevin Bacon.
In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Newtown Ct, I see my own granddaughter in the face of every murdered child. As the country struggles with the enormity of the loss, answers are sought and not easily found. How does a human being commit such a monstrous act. We are told he was mentally ill, but what does that mean. We have friends and loved ones, and many of us have experiences that might fit that label. I've been mindful of the way the word "crazy" has been thrown indiscriminately and I've heard few cautions about painting millions with a broad brush of ignorance. One voice rose above the dissonance yon Capitol Hill Yesterday. Senator Al Franken, of Saturday Night Live fame, called on his colleagues and those in attendance at a hearing on gun violence reform to remember that those with mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators and that psychiatric diagnoses are not now, and will not in the foreeable future, be predictors of mass violence.
Watching the first season of NBC's Saturday Night (renamed 2 years later as Saturday Night Live). The 1st show was hosted by George Carlin with musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. You had John Belishi, Chevy Chase, Any Kaufman, Valri Bromfield, Dan Aykroyd, Al Franken and Richard Belzer in that episode. The 2nd show was hosted by Paul Simon and had musical guests of Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow and Art Garfunkel (for a Simon/Garfunkel reunion). It also had Connie Hawkins, Marv Albert and Bill Bradley in addition to the regular cast. The 3rd show was hosted by Rob Reiner and his then-wife Penny Marshall and had no musical guest because Reiner requested that John Belushi do his impersonation of Joe Cocker while performing "With a Little Help from My Friends" (which originated during Belushi's stint in National Lampoon's Lemmings) in lieu of a musical guest. No wonder the show caught on and took off. Today's show pales in comparison to the first ten years of the show though.
It's the birthday of the man who created Saturday Night Live — Lorne Michaels, born in Toronto, Canada (November 17, 1944). He formed a comedy duo with Hart Pomerantz. In the early '70s, they had their own television Variety Show, The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, on Canadian television. They also contracted their talents to comedic acts in the United States, writing for Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, and Woody Allen. They wrote for the NBC show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and then NBC asked Michaels to come up with a comedy show to replace the Johnny Carson reruns that aired Saturday Nights at 11:30 p.m. Michaels recruited talent from all sorts of places. Dan Aykroyd was a fellow Canadian, and Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner had worked on the National Lampoon show. Muppet creator Jim Henson created sketches for the show, and recent Harvard grad Al Franken was signed on as a writer. Michaels put together the first season, 1975-1976, and won an Emmy for it. He said: "The show doesn' ...
Al Franken was campaigning for Lois Frankel - All I could think of was Saturday Night Live and so many jokes. I always enjoyed his humor - loved his work on SNL - so much fun sticking it to D.C. - from Ford on --- His imitation of Senator Simon from Il was great.
A study done by an organization called Minnesota Majority suggests that Al Franken, of "Saturday Night Live" fame, was elected to the Senate on the basis of illegal votes by convicted felons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Michelle flew from MPLS to Washington DC yesterday morning. On her plane was Al Franken and Michelle Bachman. Bachman was apparently the last to leave the plane, seated in the very rear near the bathrooms. Was that intentional? I could see a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit in the making, especially if they included Keith Ellison (U.S. Congressman from MPLS who Bachman accused of being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood) on the flight.
As you know, Saturday Night Live is my favorite show and I have seen most of them since the beginning. With the 38th season coming up, I want to go back and tell you some of my favorite characters over the years, the ones I find amusing and falling off the floor in laughter. Not only from cast members, but from guests as well. Ones like Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Goodman and Jerry Seinfeld to name a few. This is going back from 1975 to the present. Some are impersonations and memorable characters in sketches. Starting with my favorite, John Belushi - Jake Blues, Joe Cocker, his Little Chocolate Donuts commercial, Gilda Radner - Roseanne Rosadanna, Dan Aykroyd - Elwood Blues and Julia Child, Jane Curtin - Joan Face, Chevy Chase - Gerald Ford, Laraine Newman - Valley girl type, Al Franken - Stewart Smalley, Paul Shaffer - Don Kirshner, Steve Martin - Performing the King Tut Song, Eddie Muphy - Gumy and Buckwheat, Joe Piscopo - Curly from the Three Stooges, Mary Gross - Alfalfa, Tim Kazurinsky - Dr. Ja ...
Mr. Davis, the longtime stand-up comedy partner of Al Franken and a writer who created many of the most memorable sketches on “Saturday Night Live,” died July 19.
If only Al Franken had been this funny on Saturday Night Live, ditto for Ann Coulter.
Ironic that Al Franken waited until he was a Senator, (D. Min.) to be hilarious. Being funny would have done him a world of good when he was trying to entertain on Saturday Night Live.
.is just waiting on Obama to bring John Belushi back from the grave. He is working on old Saturday Night Live cast members. He has already brought Phil Hartman back and renamed him Joe Biden. And he has a career dead Al Franken in office. His whole term has been a joke with the clowns he brings into office.
Thomas James "Tom" Davis (August 13, 1952 – July 19, 2012) was an Emmy Award-winning American writer, comedian, and author. He is best known for his former partnership with Al Franken, as half of the comedy duo "Franken & Davis" on the Saturday Night Live television show on NBC.
Tom Davis, a comedy writer who teamed with Al Franken to write memorable bits on "Saturday Night Live" beginning with the late-night show's debut in 1975, has died. He was 59.
Comedian Tom Davis, Al Franken's tall, skinny partner on "Saturday Night Live," has died at age 59 of throat and neck cancer. I heard over the years he had more drugs in him than they do at Revco.
Franken: Tom Davis dies Tom Davis, who teamed up with Al Franken and wrote comedy sketches during the early years of "Saturday Night Live
Tom Davis, a writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of "Saturday Night Live," died Thursday at age 59.
Tom Davis, Al Franken's early 'Saturday Night Live' partner, dies in NY from cancer at 59 - News1130:
Rest in Peace Tom Davis. With Al Franken (now Senator Franken) Davis was one of the first writers for Saturday Night Live. They set the tone of SNL and as long as they were doing it, SNL was a very funny show, not to be missed.
Mr Davis died of throat and neck cancer at his home in Hudson, New York on Thursday. The comedian is famed for the comedy duo he formed with Al Franken and for his writing for hit NBC show 'Saturday Night Live'
Tom Davis, the comedic genius behind some classic "Saturday Night Live" skits ... died from neck and throat cancer today.Davis and Al Franken were the…
Former "Saturday Night Live" writer and Al Franken comedy partner Tom Davis describes writing for the show's classic first seasons on SiriusXM's "Unmasked" s...
Farewell, Tom Davis. Davis was the quieter part of Franken and Davis, a writing and sometimes performing team during the very early years of Saturday Night Live. together with Al Franken, Davis created such memorable sketches as The Coneheads, Nick the Lounge Singer, and many others. Davis left the show in 1980, returned in '84, and left for good in '94. Davis published his memoir "39 Years of Short Term Memory Loss" following his diagnosis of throat cancer. A funny, inventive writer and comedian, at peace at 59.
Memories: I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me. Al Franken, Stuart Smalley in Saturday Night Live.
I liked Al Franken better when He was on Saturday Night Live and would ask us all to send our money too Him Al Franken
I just wasted something under :30 minutes of my life watching the HBO series 'Veep.' They cancel 'Deadwood' and only do two years of 'Rome' but can find the money to do bad political comedy like 'Veep.' How bad is the show? It is like the worst of 'West Wing' written by Al Franken and Tom Davis,the Lytton Bulwer of 'Saturday Night Live' excepting only that Lytton Bulwer was that bad by himself. The British can give us 'Yes, Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister' and Aaron Sorkin can write 'West Wing' but good political humor is hard to come by. 'Veep' does nothing to remedy that. If anything, it actually diminishes humor in general and political humor in specific. One episode of 'Veep' and Joe Biden looks and sounds like a combination of 'Magnum P.I.' and 'Barney Miller.' Another serious problem is Julia Louis Dreyfus. Like all the other Seinfeld cast members not named Jerry Seinfeld, JLD's post glory career has been dismal. One is tempted to say that the best thing going for the three non-Jerrys was ...
I just finished the audio book "THIRTY-NINE YEARS OF SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS: The Early days of SNL from Someone Who Was There," by Tom Davis (with a foreword by Al Franken)... Often when I know I have a long drive, I go to the library and search out a book on CD. Last Friday, I drove to Marco Island for lunch. I really enjoyed this book immensely! I just knew that it was going to be a rollicking ride and re-kindle memories of the Jim Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, and that stellar troupe of Saturday Night Live. Funny. Zany. Off-the-wall. What a cast of charachters, but especially the humor & wit woven into his chapters, which are -- I guess -- more like themes. Dr. Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia are his late friends. And he shares both the hilarious and the sad, such as Garcia's death in rehab in 1995. It was published in 2009. I wish someone had recommended it to me.
Looks like Democrat Senator Al Franken is having a flashback to his days on Saturday Night Live. He actually wants us to believe his claim that there are no death panels in ObamaCare. From The Hill:
Muggsy Bogues and Charles Barkley perform with Al Franken during a 1993 episode of Saturday Night Live:
Stuart Saves His Family is a 1995 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and based on a series of Saturday Night Live sketches from the early-to-mid 1990s. Th...
Well, I guess it takes one to know one: Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden described former Saturday Night Live comedian, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., as a “leading legal scholar."
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