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Al Franken

Highest Rated:   90% All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Lowest Rated:   30% Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
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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
51% 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
60% 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
81% 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
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision)
  • Al
1995
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
86% Trading Places
  • Baggage Handler #1
1983
90% 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
  • Guest
  • 2017
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2005
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
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
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977

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