Al Franken
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"Alan Stuart "Al" Franken" is an American entertainer and politician who, after several decades as a comedic actor and writer, became a prominent political activist and was elected to the United States Senate. Currently the Seniority in the United States Senate/junior United States Senator from Minnesota, Franken rose to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live (SNL). A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party, he narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Party (United States)/Republican Senator Norm Coleman in United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2008/2008.

Born in New York City, Franken grew up near Minneapolis and attended Harvard University. With his writing partner Tom Davis (comedian)/Tom Davis, with whom he had developed an interest in improv in high school, he was hired as a writer for SNL at its inception in 1975. He worked on the show as a writer and performer until 1980 and returned from 1985 to 1995. After leaving SNL, he wrote and acted in movies and television shows. He also hosted a nationally syndicated, political radio talk show, The Al Franken Show, and authored six books, four of which are political satires critical of right-wing politics.

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