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WATCH: Al Franken Dishes On Which Senators Are Funny

Al Franken is touching base with his old days as a comedian with the publication of his new book “Giant of the Senate.” And the Minnesota Senate Democrat isn’t holding back when it comes to assessing the humor of his colleagues.

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Franken recalled how he once told South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham that he would vote for him if he were a Republican. “Without hesitation he said, ‘That’s my problem,’ Franken recounted to Stephen Colbert on Monday’s “Late Show,” describing Graham as “very funny.”

But some didn’t get his jokes, like ex-Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn. “[Coburn] will admit that he doesn’t have a very good sense of humor so the first three or four interactions we had, we just kind of missed,” Franken said.

Franken also defended previous books that mocked right-wing pundits, including ex-Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. “I made fun of the people who deserved it, so Newt Gingrich, I made fun of Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O’Reilly at Fox,” he said.

Franken, a “Saturday Night Live” alum turned politician, has been busy promoting his new book. He was profiled in the Forward’s July magazine.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon


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