Al Franken Is a Grandpa

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken – also known to SNL fans as the character Stuart Smalley – became a grandfather Thursday!

“Franni and I are thrilled that our grandson Joseph Bryson Greenwald was born [May 30],” Franken said Tuesday. “He came in at 6 lbs. 11 oz. … Somehow, in the last few hours, Franni and I have already managed to spoil the baby.”

Of proud parents Thomasin Franken and Brody Greenwald, Franken added: “Mother and baby are healthy and happy.”

Al Franken Claims Decisive Lead in Senate Race

Claiming a 35- to 50-vote lead over Republican opponent Norm Coleman, former Saturday Night Live regular Al Franken is declaring that he will win Minnesota’s contested U.S. Senate seat race.

“We are more confident than ever that Al Franken will be the winner of this election,” reads a posting on the Democrat’s Web site.

NEWS BRIEFS: Arnold Terminates Beer

TERMINATED: Reps for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have crushed an Oregon beer brewer’s plans to market Governator Ale, Reuters reports. The proposed libation alluded to Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” movies, and featured a Pumping Iron label, a reference to the actor turned politician’s early career as a professional bodybuilder. A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the governor had to protect against unauthorized uses of his name and image. Portland Brewing Co., makers of the beer, offered no comment, but has reportedly canceled plans to go ahead with the brew.

Stars Take Sides in '04 Voter Drive

In a major push to get out the youth vote – among Democrats, at least – the political activist group enlisted some star power this week at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as it announced the winner of its “Bush in 30 Seconds” ad contest, PEOPLE reports.

Treading a fine line between serious, silly and shrill, comedian Janeane Garofalo, Moby, Julia Stiles, Margaret Cho, Chuck D, Rufus Wainwright, Al Franken and Russell Simmons attempted to make politics look cool – but they also weren’t afraid to take some partisan jabs.

Al Franken Makes Funny in Washington

Satirist and “Saturday Night Live” alum Al Franken used a combination of facts and jokes for his speech about predatory lending at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week, reports PEOPLE. Acting as a spokesperson for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a group that helps communities access credit and capital, Franken, 50, highlighted the problem of exploitative lending to the poor, minorities, women and the elderly. He lightened up the heavy topic with comedy.


NBC may have unplugged “Lateline,” but its star, Al Franken, told PEOPLE’s Jennifer Zajac at last night’s National Press Club dinner in Washington, D.C., that the sitcom is being shopped around to other networks. “I was kinda hoping the show would be picked up, (but) I don’t know if that’s going to happen,” said Franken, whose latest book is titled “Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency.” As for things Presidential, Franken addressed some of the touchy issues that the Clinton Administration has thrust upon American households.