I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and, Doggonnit, People Like Me!

Can Al Franken become a U.S. Senator just by being Al Franken?

CP:You're kind of a softie—you get teary-eyed with some regularity. Is appearing human an asset or a liability for someone who's trying to gain public favor in politics?

Daniel Corrigan

Franken: I think it's an asset—although I don't think it's good if you blubber all the time [laughs].

CP:You can just look in the mirror and say, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonnit, people like me!"

Franken: I get angry, too—especially when it has to do with the troops. These guys [in the White House] seem to be very blithely willing to risk other people's lives and then completely disrespect [the troops] on top of it.

CP:Given all these issues, do you ever feel like you were funnier before you got so involved in current events? Has the politics taken a toll on your comedy?

Franken: You know, one of the things that I really like about the USO tours that I do is that I really don't do politics on them. It's really very pure comedy—just doing Bob Hope-type stuff. It's a little liberating, but I also feel like it's tremendous fun. And I don't think I've lost a step on that. If anything, I feel like I know what I'm doing [in comedy] more now than ever.

CP:Any issues you plan to lie about if you run for office?

Franken: To be honest, I think a big part of my campaign has to be that I tell the truth. I mean, I've written books called Lies and The Truth—so I've got to tell the truth. There'll be some stands I'll take that maybe don't represent the majority opinion in Minnesota or anywhere else [laughs], and I'll just have to be honest about it. I think people will know that I have convictions.

CP:You say people will know. So that means you're gonna run, huh? You want to announce it right here?

Franken: No. It's sort of like if I run, then people will know. 

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