Al Franken was born May 21, 1951, in nyc. The writer is a junior senator of Minnesota. Writer, performer, and politician. Produced May 21, 1951, in nyc. In this time the writer won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Show. Some of his most well-known appearances were as a regular commentator on the “Weekend Update” sketch so when the self help guru Stuart Smalley, a character who Franken enlarged into a novel, 1993’s I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me, and an unsuccessful movie, Stuart Saves His Family (1995). On a much more serious note, he co-composed and co-created the movie When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), starring Meg Ryan as a wife and mom fighting alcoholism. From early in his career, Franken poked fun at politics and politicians, engineering a comic meeting with President Reagan on his campaign bus in 1976 and starting several biting parodies of Democratic and Republican leaders equally on SNL.
In 1996, Franken released his second novel, an assortment of political essays entitled Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations. 3 years later, the writer released a satirical report of his own fictional presidency, Why Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency. Aside from openly mocking O’Reilly, a chapter in the publication accused the commentator of lying. In August 2003, Fox News sued Franken, asserting infringement of its own registered trademark phrase “Fair and Balanced.” A federal judge found the suit to be “completely without value.”
Another year, Franken joined liberal talk-radio station Air America. His show, initially named The O’Franken Factor aired three hours daily, five days per week in a bid to offer an alternate to the conservative talk-radio circuit. While keeping his job at Air America, Franken also released a sixth novel, The Truth (with jokes) (2005), which focused about the 2004 Republican presidential campaign. The novel debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and stayed on the list for ten straight weeks.
In 2007, Franken left Air America to be able to completely pursue his political aspirations. Franken declared his run for Minnesota Senate on February 14, 2007, on the final day of his radio show. However, from the finish of the night time, both candidates were separated by less than 0.5 percent, which enacted Minnesota’s automatic recount law. On January 5, 2009, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board set Franken ahead by 225 votes. A day later, Coleman appealed the judgement, which led to some trial. On April 13, 2009, a Minnesota court declared that Franken was the victor. Coleman appealed once more , this time to the Minnesota Supreme court. But on June 30, 2009, the state supreme court rejected Coleman’s appeal, declaring Franken the victor. Soon after, Coleman granted. Franken was officially seated in July of 2009.
The next time around, Franken had a smoother course to success. The writer conquered his opponent, Mike McFadden, winning more than 53 percent of the vote. As stated by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Franken thanked Minnesotans “for taking a chance on me six years back. And thanks for giving me the opportunity to keep working for the federal judge in Washington.” Franken is wed to Franni Bryson, who he met at Harvard while still an undergraduate. The couple has two kids, Thomasin and Joe. The family now resides in Minnesota.