He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.
Al Franken, famous for his Stuart Smalley character on “Saturday Night Live,” attracted an audience of about 300 Wednesday afternoon as he broadcast his liberal political radio show live from the Student Union auditorium for three hours.
He also had some help from his friends. Chapel Hill Town Council member Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson were among the guests who joined the author and commentator for talks on subjects ranging from North Carolina’s death penalty to reviled conservative icon Rush Limbaugh.
But first, Franken had to mention UNC’s recent sports successes.
“Can’t be here without mentioning the Tar Heels and the championship and mention how badly Duke sucks,” he said. “What an enormous dick Coach K is. I know how to pander, don’t I?”
Franken visited Memphis earlier this week and will broadcast next from Charleston, S.C.
“We decided to do a little Southern tour. I like this area of the country, Chapel Hill specifically. We are in some blue counties in some red states,” he said.
While UNC was just one stop on Franken’s tour, his road there was a long one.
Franken started his career as a performer, writing and acting with The Comedy Store in Los Angeles after graduating from Harvard University in 1973.