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?