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September 17, 2005

Al Franken prank turns nasty

"Anybody else hear Al Franken and the phone sex worker on his Friday show?" Thankfully I missed that, but:
If you missed it, Al called a phone sex for hire that used the numbers of KATRINA. He wanted to ask if they would turn over their number to the government so people would be able to more easily phone for assistance.

The phone sex worker answered in a low, sexy voice. But as soon as Al identified that he was on a radio show and asked his question, she turned mean and nasty. She said that she was IN Louisiana, that she paid her taxes and that the victims of the hurricane were better off than she was (they were cashing in on government money)!
Did Al ask her why she might say that, or did he just chide her for not be a limousine liberal like he is?

Posted in StuartSmalley at September 17, 2005 07:44 PM


I caught this on a "Best Of" show this weekend, which tells me that Franken is REALLY scraping the bottom of the barrel for highlights.

Anyway, Al was trying to get the woman to share the name of her employer, so Franken & Company could act as a go-between between said employer and the Federal Government in order to either A) get her number back or B) get her compensation since the government more or less "eminent domain"ed her out of business. Needless to say, the woman isn’t all that willing to go around naming names, considering her line of work. Franken continues to needle her for a name until finally the woman has had enough: "Are ya'll that bored at your radio station?"

Judging by the ratings, yes. Yes they are.

Anyway, Franken says he just wants to help and that's when the woman starts going off about how the evacuee/refugee/victims already have all the help they need that they're starting to abuse it, namely the reports of using FEMA cards to buy liquor and Louis Vitonne. Franken then asks where she's getting her information, assuming it's Limbaugh & Hannity reporting this so Franken can go off on his "Lying Liars" bit. She trips him up though by saying the only radio show she listens to is Walton and Johnson (*warning: occasional boob shot), a regional morning show that have been in the business 30+ years. Franken, noted radio expert, fumbles around and asks "Walter Johnson? Who is that?" At this point, the woman becomes extremely exasperated. "C'mon Al. Don't pretend you've never heard of them." And while it's true that W&J don't currently have an affiliate in NYC, I wouldn't be surprised if they had a larger daily audience than Franken.

Anyway, see if you can track down the clip. It's priceless!

Posted by: SaveFarris at September 19, 2005 11:54 AM

C'mon now.

What is all this noise about "scraping the bottom of the barrel" due to an impromptu comedy bit by sometimes hilarious Al Franken?

I'm not particularly left-leaning, but I found it somewhat funny, hearing it after the fact. He's interesting enough to cause me to listen for a few moments a couple of times a week, just to catch oneof his bits.

On live radio – funny is subject to serendipity.
Apparently some people don't understand comedy.

The "SaveFerris" person must be a Walter & Johnson rah-rah groupie, if he/she is railing because someone doesn't know the obscure reference to ANOTHER radio show.

Who cares?

Posted by: Jamaica at October 21, 2005 04:43 AM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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