Al Franken Is Making Washington Laugh Behind the Scenes


“The Republicans, I think, at first were a little like, ‘Oh, he’s a satirist who uses scorn and ridicule against Republicans,’ and then after they got to meet me, they were like, ‘Oh, he’s a comedian… He’s got a good sense of humor. He likes to laugh. I get it.’ And that kind of went away, that first initial trepidation, I think went away very quickly.”

- Senator Al Franken on how he’s been able to use his professionally honed sense of humor to make friends in Washington. It’s part of a very interesting piece on Franken, whose comedy is now primarily relegated to private meetings, which is a bit of a shame.