Jewish comedy legend, former U.S. Senator Al Franken hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight!


Al Franken speaking to the Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, June 2, 2019. (Jewish Family Service of St. Paul)

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

Well, it’s about time former U.S. Senator Al Franken and Jewish comedy legend Al Franken got his own late-night show, even if it’s just for one night.

On Monday, in an email to fans, Franken announced he’ll be hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night.

“Dear Person Who Still Opens My Emails,

Some of you might recall that before I went into politics and public service, I was involved in something called comedy.”

Franken continues: “As we have seen of late, comedians are the bravest people in the world. Witness Vlodymyr Zelensky. He, of course, has shown that Jewish comedians are the bravest comedians. And the very bravest of them all are Jewish comedians who went into politics!

“Well, tomorrow night I’m going back to my comedic roots and hosting ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’”

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The show airs at 10:35 p.m. on ABC Channel 30.

Franken’s first guest will be Bob Odenkirk, star of “Better Call Saul,” which just wrapped up its series finale. His second guest is Rep. Katie Porter, one of the members of Congress Franken says he admires most.

“And wrapping up – Los Lobos! I’ve been a huge Los Lobos fan for years,” wrote Franken.

It’s been five years since Franken stepped down from the Senate in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, which came during the height of the #MeToo movement. Franken has since said that he regrets resigning without a Senate ethics investigation.