Interview by Paul Salfen

Dallas VideoFest awards the Ernie Kovacs Award to the comedian of “Saturday Night Live” fame and former Senator Al Franken at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd. – Oak Cliff/Dallas). Hosted by Dallas VideoFest’s artistic director: Bart Weiss and Josh Mills, the son of Ernie’s wife, Edie Adams.
Celebrate the offbeat comedy genius, Ernie Kovacs, with his hilarious live gags on early TV in the 1950s and his career highlights, which have inspired the likes of Pee-wee Herman, Kids in the Hall, Amy Sedaris, Mike Nesmith, and Monty Python.
The event will be immediately followed by the 2006 documentary, AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE.
Admission – $40+ includes event at 7:30 pm at Texas Theatre followed by the documentary
Tickets available –

About Al Franken
As far as anyone knows, Al Franken is the only U.S. Senator who was also one of the original writers for “Saturday Night Live.”

He’s also the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers, including “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations,” “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,” and “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.”

Franken served Minnesota in the Senate from 2009-2018, clobbering his first opponent, incumbent Senator Norm Coleman, by 312 votes. He won his second election by well over 200,000 votes. Franken served on the Judiciary, Energy, Indian Affairs, and HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committees where he routinely embarrassed badly prepared witnesses and was a fierce opponent of media concentration, mandatory arbitration, and Betsy DeVos.

“The Al Franken Podcast” is one of the nation’s top-ten politics and public affairs podcasts with guests like Malcolm Nance, Sarah Silverman, Paul Krugman, Chris Rock, and Michelle Obama. Well, not Michelle Obama but guests like her.

His political action committee, Midwest Values PAC, supports progressive Democrats, voting rights, and a host of other good, non-political things.

Al and his wife, Franni, have been married for 45 years, many of them happy. They have two kids and four grandchildren.


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