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Al Franken Lands Weekly Talk Show on SiriusXM

Comedian and former U.S. senator to launch show on Sept. 28

Ousted Democratic senator Al Franken has a new show coming to SiriusXM on Sept. 28.

“I’m excited to be back on SiriusXM, which carried my Air America show back in the day,” Franken said in a statement Wednesday. “The Al Franken Show” weekly radio show will air on SiriusXM Progress Channel 127.

“Listeners can expect a mix of guests from my comedian friends like Chris Rock, to my political pals like former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to policy experts on the issues in play in 2020,” the host and namesake continued. “When I’m interviewing Harry or former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, I’ll be the funny one. When I interview Rock or Patton Oswalt, I’ll be the one who served eight-and-a-half years in the Senate,” he joked.

Rock’s involvement tracks, as TheWrap reported exclusively in July that Franken worked with his former “Saturday Night Live” colleague to help punch up a new script that Rock wrote.

Earlier this year,¬†Franken said he “absolutely” regrets resigning from the U.S. Senate in 2017 amid the firestorm over accusations of inappropriate behavior by the comedian turned politician. He said he wished he had followed through on his request to appear before a Senate Ethics Committee hearing so that he would have had time to gather evidence to counter what he felt was a false narrative in the media based in part on anonymous accusers.

At SiriusXM, at least, he is getting back into politics in a way: In addition to hosting his own show, Franken will join the SiriusXM Progress team for special coverage of the 2020 elections, including presidential debates, primaries, and 2020 Election Night.