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Lighten Up! Candidate Al Franken Writes a Skit for SNL?

Comedian Al Franken, who is currently running for Senate in Minnesota, phoned in this weekend's opening skit on Saturday Night Live, according to NBC insiders.

Both SNL and the Franken campaign want to downplay Al's involvement. Allowing a liberal Democratic candidate to write a piece critical of John McCain could make the network look bias. And as for Franken, his campaign has spent a lot of time trying to contextualize his funny, yet risqué, past. The official story is that Franken, who hasn't worked on SNL for 13 years, called creator Lorne Michaels to chat about something else. The topic of McCain commercials came up, and Michaels went on to create a sketch after he hung up.

I often think candidates would do well if they used pieces of political comedy as their campaign commercials. For example, no one can articulate hypocrisy quite like Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Check out the alleged Franken sketch — should the campaign gladly take credit for it?

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girlA girlA 8 years
Hilarious!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh, and the beginning of the skit, when he worries about his previously recordings being unusable because the tape spools might be worn out, and thinks "digitally recorded" means "with your fingers" or whatever--priceless.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That skit cracks me up every time :ROTFL: I loved Bill Hader in it--his sarcastic voice is deadly!
LiberalOnMyMind LiberalOnMyMind 8 years
This skit was pretty funny! Not as funny as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing Palin and Clinton, but still funny. My favorite is "Barack Obama says he wants universal heath care. Is that so? Health care for the ENTIRE universe? Including Osama Bin Laden?" Too funny!
piper23 piper23 8 years
"Allowing a liberal Democratic candidate to write a piece critical of John McCain could make the network look bias." That's pretty funny.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Wow! That was great!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm kind of loving how Lorne Michaels and NBC have taken off the gloves...so they can more easily give the McCain campaign the finger.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
That was sooo funny!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
pretty damn funny.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's hilarious and Franken's not just a random candidate, he made his name writing for SNL and has pitched in before.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
:rotfl: Who cares who wrote it? It is hilarious.
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