Al Franken, who is definitely NOT, running for president, IS coming to Cooper Union next week to discuss his new book Giant of the Senate. Seth Meyers will host the event next Tuesday, August 1 and you can still grab tickets here.
From #1 bestselling author Al Franken comes this intimate recount of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office, and who subsequently discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history, and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny, in retrospect. It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live, to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves. Join the Strand in The Great Hall at Cooper Union as Al Franken discusses his life in the United States Senate with Late Night host Seth Meyer
We’re still hoping for a Franken/Warren or Warren/Franken ticket in the next presidential election, but the Minnesota Senator claims it’s not in the cards. Still, anyone who’s lived through a few election cycles knows that candidates are cagey about announcing for months, or even years, before finally going public with the decision. Run Franken, run!