He worked on the show as a writer and performer until 1980, and returned from 1985 to 1995.
His paternal grandparents emigrated from Germany; his maternal grandfather came from Grodno, Belarus, and his maternal grandmother's parents were also from the Russian Empire.
Franken graduated from The Blake School in 1969, where he was a member of the wrestling team.
He attended Harvard College where he majored in government, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973.
Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, actor, politician, and writer.
He is currently the junior United States Senator from Minnesota.
He became well known in the 1970s and 1980s as a writer and performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live.After several decades as a comedic actor and writer, he became a prominent liberal political activist.Franken was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, narrowly defeating incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman.Franken is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party.Born in New York City, Franken moved to Minnesota when he was four but he later went back to the East Coast and attended Harvard College.With his writing partner Tom Davis, with whom he had developed an interest in improvisational theatre in high school, he was hired as a writer for SNL at its inception in 1975.