Quick Facts of
- First NameAl Franken
- Net Worth$ 8 million
- CareerComedian, Author
Al Franken is an American comedian, politician, author, and media personality who served as a United States senator from 2009 to 2018 from Minnesota. In 2019, he announced that he would be hosting The Al Franken Show Saturday mornings on SiriusXM radio.
He came to the spotlight as a staff writer and performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2014, Franken won the reelection with 53.2% of the vote over Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
Let Us Go Through Al Franken’s Career Highlight
Following his graduation, he was recruited as two of the original writers and occasional performers on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980 and 1985-1995. As per reports, the two writers made $350 per week in the SNL’s first season.
He received seven Emmy nominations and three awards for his work on television as the writer and producer. He left SNL after losing the role of Weekend Update anchor to Norm Macdonald.
In early 2004, he signed a one year contract to host a talk show for Air America Radio’s flagship program along with Katherine Lanpher. He announced his departure from Air America Radio on 29th January 2007.
He announced his candidacy for the United States Senate from Minnesota in 2008. He won the nomination of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party with 65% of the vote defeating Republican Senator Norm Coleman by 312 votes out of 3 million casts.
Similarly, in 2014, he won reelection, with 53.2% votes defeating Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
In 2019, he announced that he would be hosting The Al Franken Show Saturday morning on SiriusXM radio. He said that he would cover topics such as global affairs, the 2020 presidential election, politics, and entertainment as well.
What Is His Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Franken is estimated at around $8 million as of early 2020. He earns his million-dollar fortune from his successful career as a writer, comedian, commentator, politician, and media personality.
The average salary of a comedian ranges from around $45,000 to $62,753 per year, and a commentator earns around $18,824 to $75,754 annually.
On 16th November 2017, a conservative talk-radio host Leeann Tweeden alleged in a blog post and an interview that Franken forcibly kissed her on a 2006 USO tour during a rehearsal for a skit. She also wrote,
“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”
During the tour, he was also photographed, appearing to place his hands above Leeann’s chest area while she was asleep.
In response to the allegation, Franken said, “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann … As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
An hour later, he issued a longer apology, which she accepted.
Moreover, in the following days, seven additional women, including Lindsay Menz, came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior. After the allegations were public, Senate Majority Leder Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent Tweeden’s accusations to the Senate Ethics Committee for review.
After the investigation began, some liberal groups and commentators called on Franken to resign before the ethics committee could review the allegations.
Al resigned from his post on 2nd January 2018 after several sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. Following his resignations, Al canceled appointments with friends and families and ignored phone calls from others.
A Short Biography Of Al Franken
Alan Stuart Franken was born on 21st May 1951 in New York City, the United States of America, to Phoebe Franken and Joseph Franken. He is an American as per his nationality and mixed ethnic descent.
Franken wen and graduated from The Blake School in 1969 and later went to Harvard College, where he major in political science. Franken graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973.
Who Is He Married To?
The 69-year-old media personality is married to Franni Bryson, who he first met in his first year at Harvard. They exchanged their wedding vows on 2nd October 1975 and share two children: daughter Thomasin Franken and son Joe Franken.
Did You Know? In 2013, Al Franken received the Stewart B. McKinney Award for his work fighting homelessness.