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Al Franken looks down on “Huge Dick” Ted Cruz on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Party guest

In the nearly five years since Al Franken resigned from the Senate in disgrace after several allegations of harassment and other inappropriate sexual behavior, he has slowly returned. But instead of trying to return to the political sphere, he returned to his original love of comedy.

There were late night guests with old friends like Conan O’Brien and Bill Maher, a Weekly podcast Where he has interviewed former colleagues such as Senator Amy Klobuchar and former SNL Cast member Chris Rock, and even a stand round theaters and comedy clubs across the country.

But on Tuesday night, Franken made what may be his most important move to date when he joined forces with comedians like Chelsea Handler and Dana Carvey in guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel.

He introduced himself as “the only former US senator to have a guest Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘, before insisting that ‘the night is not about politics, it’s about comedy and fun. “

Then came his first real joke: “So who’s here from out of state to have an abortion?”

He happened to host Franken on the same day President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, but rather than delve into the good news, he decided instead to talk about some of the other existential threats facing our nation. No, not the “massive wealth and income gaps” or “threats to our democracy,” but rather, he added, “I really believe that one of the most serious issues facing our country today is how big Ted Cruz’s dick is.”

He added, “I’ve said it before, but I probably like Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.” “Ted Cruz is probably one of the most famous senators, because like I mentioned, he’s a huge penis.” That was the kind of line Franken would never utter while representing Minnesota, but he’s back at every chance he gets now that he’s freed from those career constraints.

Ted Cruz is probably one of the most famous Senators, because as I mentioned, he’s a huge penis.

Later, he made some forced shots at Donald Trump, who indicated that he was “under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage and Obstruction Act” after the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. “It doesn’t look good,” he said. “Trump has screwed himself so badly that he will have to write himself a check for $130,000.”

“Now some are saying Trump could be an escape risk, which is crazy that the former president of the United States is an escape risk,” Franken said. “But the good news is that at least the official presidential photo of Donald Trump is back in every airport in the United States,” he added, and a picture of Trump with the words “No-Fly List” above his head also appeared on screen.

Finally, Franken joked, “There’s never been a better time to visit Palm Beach because in the rest of the summer, Mar-a-Lago offers a special weekend package that includes free breakfast, a room upgrade when available, and a nuclear secret of your choice.”

Given that he has mostly avoided discussing the disturbing circumstances in which he has left the Senate on his podcast, on stage or elsewhere for the past few years, there was no expectation of him to do so on late-night television. But there would have been something refreshing about him at least acknowledging why he no longer treats Cruise as a senator, but rather roasts him from afar as a comedian. Or even expressing a certain level of anger because he was forced out while Republican predators are allowed to continue serving.

Closer Franken came to admit that he wished he was still in the Senate and not going back to making jokes for a living during the drawing that he finished his monologue when he posed as a member of the January 6 commission interrogating a fictional witness played by his first guest at night, The best of Saul on demand star and colleague SNL Alum Bob Odenkirk.

Even while providing an increasingly absurd dialogue about how close Donald Trump came to celebrating his vice president’s hanging during the uprising, you can tell that Franken still feels at home on C-SPAN.

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