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The first glimpse of Al Franken’s new book shows he’s back in the comedy biz

Sen. Al Franken is preparing for his first book tour since he became a senator.

His new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, is set for release on May 30 and his publisher started promoting Franken’s upcoming tour Friday, releasing a few excerpts as well.

Grand Central Publishing says in its blurb: “It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.”

Franken and his publisher said last December that the book would look at his narrow election victory over Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008 and the ensuing eight month recount.

But while it may have its serious moments, it’s clear that the book marks a return to comedy for Franken, the longtime Saturday Night Live writer and performer.

A YouTube video focuses on the Democratic senator pretentiously posing for the book’s cover, showing this one is in the spirit of Franken’s other comedic books, many of which took direct aim at Republican pundits and politicians.

Now, of course, Franken is a politician himself.

And he mostly steered clear of his comedy background during his first term in the Senate. Not so much anymore, though.  Quotes from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate show him returning to comedy and turning his satire on at least one Senate colleague:

Franken’s tour begins in New York on May 31. Minnesota is the next stop, with six appearances in three days from June 2-4. He’ll be in Duluth, Rochester, and Northfield as well as Minneapolis and St. Paul. See the full tour scheduled and find links to order the book here.


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