Sen. Al Franken pitches SNL idea to Lorne Michaels, hoping to reprise his old role on the show

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Friday, 10 July 2009


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Just when you thought Congress couldn't get any funnier, Al Franken is finally seated

New York, New York - Longing to return to SNL to celebrate his triumph at being the first former comedy writer and cast member to ever be elected to the United States Senate and finally seated there, now Senator Al Franken made a call to the show's creator, executive producer and former boss, Lorne Michaels, to pitch his idea of reprising his old role as the Live Satellite Feed One-Man Team Reporter.

In that skit, Al Franken wore a satellite dish attached to a helmet on his head. Then he would broadcast live from the most dangerous and remote parts of the world. The climax of the gag was then to have his live satellite signal feed cut at the most suggestive perilous moment.

"Only I'll say: 'Live from form the floor of the Senate in Washington, D.C. It's Saturday Night!' because that is where I'll be reporting from. Get it?" said a desperate sounding Al Franken on the phone with Lorne Michaels. "Well, what do you think Lorne? Lorne? Are you still --"

"Al what did I tell you about calling by my first name," calmly replied Lorne Michaels.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Michaels," said an apologetic Senator Franken. "I just thought that since I'm a United States Senator now, you would finally see me as your --"

"I'm Canadian, Al," said Lorne Michaels. "You could never be my equal."

Franken just hung down his head in shame, staring at his reflection in his finely polished deep reddish-brown mahogany wooden desk that bore his title in a plastic nameplate on top: "Senator Al Franken"

"You know in private I still agree with you Mr. Michaels," responded Senator Franken "But for appearances sake, you know I'll have to deny that in public if it ever --"

Lorne Michaels did not reply, as he pulled way the phone form his ear to receive a pile of comedy skit submissions on how to open the much-anticipated next season with Sarah Palin gone.

"How are you in any danger on the floor of the Senate surrounded by a majority of your fellow Democratic Party members and Obama in the White House?" asked a now somewhat interested Lorne Michaels, as he thumbed through the submissions.

"I can get former Democrat, Senator Joseph Lieberman, dressed up in that shark suit that Chevy Chase use to wear in the old Land Shark skit," said an excited Senator Franken. "And have Lieberman sneak up on me to the theme song of 'Jaws' and devour my head, just as I'm saying: 'Live --"

"How are you going to get Lieberman into the land shark suit?" asked Lorne Michaels as he began to scribble down some notes.

"Oh that," replied a confident Senator Franken. "That's easy. He wants my vote on some bill lifting the ban on assault riffles he's cosponsoring with some of his Republican friends. And get this. I even got him to agree to sing the intro with me, if I go along with him on another bill banning same-sex marriage, slashing the VA budget and eliminating the free lunch program for school kids. He's like putty in my --."

"Sounds great," said Lorne Michaels, as he stopped thumbing through the scripts and walked over to his office door.

"But you'll have to submit it just like any other writer here," continued Lorne Michaels now speaking a very loudly. "You know my rule. I show no favoritism among my writers. Even if they're Senators now."

Lorne Michaels then closed the door and returned to his desk, crouching under it.

"So you'll have to send me the details once you worked them out to my offshore encrypted e-mail account. You know the one, okay?" whispered Lorne Michaels into the phone before hanging up.

"I will. And oh, thank you so --" is all Senator Franken got to say, speaking halfway into a dial tone.

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