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EP 191: Senator Al Franken Is Allowed To Be Funny Again!

Senator Al Franken talks about his journey from Saturday Night Live to the Senate and his new book AL FRANKEN: GIANT OF THE SENATE. He shares his memories of SNL cast members like Chris Farley and John Belushi, and why he's glad Lorne Michaels didn't cast him as the anchor on Weekend Update. He discusses how he won over a reluctant Democratic establishment in his first election and how he has had to control his comedic impulses as a Senator. He gives the inside scoop on his confrontational exchange with Jeff Sessions, doing comedy routines with Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and why he describes Ted Cruz as a toxic co-worker. Plus, Senator Franken sings for his supper with his very own fundraising song.

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