Al Franken

Al Franken

  • Highest Rated: 100% All You Need Is Cash (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 30% Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
  • Birthday: May 21, 1951
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Comedy writer, author, and occasional actor Al Franken was one of the first alumni of the NBC network sketch comedy institution Saturday Night Live (1975) and spent most of his career closely associated with the series and its byproducts. He is also the author of the best-selling book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. On television, he starred in the NBC sitcom Lateline (1997-1999).Franken started out as a standup comedian in high school. While attending Harvard, he attempted to get onto the staff of the Harvard Lampoon but was rejected. Later, he teamed up with his former high school classmate Tom Davis and toured the country as a standup comedy duo. They were spotted by Canadian producer Lorne Michaels, who at the time was trying to put together a Monty Pythonesque sketch comedy show for American audiences. He hired them in 1975, as both writers and performers. As writers, Franken and Davis distinguished themselves with their outrageously funny sketches. Franken's recurring segment "Al Franken Decade" was one of his popular creations. They remained with the show until Lorne Michaels departed in 1980. The unemployed duo penned many comedy screenplays together, but most went unproduced. One More Saturday Night (1986) was an exception, but it bombed at the box office. Not long after that, Franken and Davis returned to Saturday Night Live. Around this time, Franken created one of his most memorable and enduring characters, Stuart Smalley, an unlicensed 12-step therapist. A quiet, gentle man whose motto was "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggone it, people like me," Smalley hosted a show in which guests would come on to share their problems and learn to feel better about themselves. Later, Franken later expanded the recurring sketch into the feature film Stuart Saves His Family (1995). Franken then hit the jackpot with his scathing written attack on Limbaugh and other rightwing radicals. The success of the book helped Franken land his own sitcom, Lateline. In 2004 he was the first star to sign on as host of a program on the nascent Air America Radio, and four years later he won the 2008 U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota in a disputed race.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Words That Built America Actor 2017
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
No Score Yet Split: A Deeper Divide Actor 2012
No Score Yet Split: A Divided America Actor 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s Actor 2008
79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains Actor 2007
59% Al Franken: God Spoke Actor 2006
No Score Yet Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater Actor 2006
No Score Yet George W. Bushisms Actor 2004
85% Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Actor $0.3M 2004
80% The Manchurian Candidate a reporter $65.8M 2004
No Score Yet The First Amendment Project Director Actor 2004
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Actor 2002
33% Harvard Man Himself 2002
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner Actor 2000
No Score Yet Split Actor 1999
No Score Yet No Money Down Actor 1997
30% Stuart Saves His Family Stuart 1995
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Producer Executive Producer Actor Screenwriter 1994
No Score Yet One More Saturday Night Paul Flum Screenwriter 1986
87% Trading Places Baggage Handler #1 1983
100% All You Need Is Cash Decline's Henchman 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Appearing
  • 2017
93% I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
2017-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest Panelist
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Jerome Weisner
60% Lateline
1999
Al Freundlich Screenwriter Executive Producer

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