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From South Orange Performing Arts Center: Franken is delighted to talk about his fifteen seasons at Saturday Night Live with behind-the-scene stories about the show’s evolution from Gilda, Chevy, Belushi, Aykroyd to Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Rock and Chris Farley. Franken wrote a lion’s share of the show’s political satire with Jim Downey, a Republican. Downey and Franken felt it was SNL’s job to not have a political bias, but rather to do well-observed political satire that made the audience laugh and had the virtue of not being stupid, rewarding viewers for knowing stuff about politics without punishing them for not. As we head into the 2020 elections, Franken will cut through the conventional wisdom and tell you how it really is. For example, President Trump has the tendency to exaggerate or just flat out lie. Really. More information.


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