Live Talks Los Angeles presents:
Senator Al Franken in conversation with Chelsea Handler
discussing his memoir,
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It’s 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.
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.
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.
Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He’s been married to his wife, Franni, for 41 years-many of them happy. They have two children, Thomasin and Joe, and three grandchildren. Senator Franken graduated from Harvard College.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Chelsea Handler is host of “Chelsea” on a Netflix, a global on-demand talk show with segments from around the world that tapes in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. It features conversations with celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests on topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more. Prior to that she hosted E!’s top rated “Chelsea Lately” for eight years.
Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.
This Live Talks Los Angeles event is presented in association with Glendale Arts.