Franken to help launch ex-producer's 'progressive' radio show
November 13, 2013 — 1:31am
Former Saturday Night Live star Al Franken is taking a brief time-out Wednesday from his all-wonk-no-play political persona in the U.S. Senate.
The Minnesota Democrat will appear at the “progressive all-star launch” of a new comedy and politics show hosted by former Franken producer Ben Wikler, an activist whose previous political credits include MoveOn.org, Avaaz.org, and Change.org, which championed causes such as Trayvon Martin case.
The launch party for “The Good Fight,” a new podcast and radio show, takes place at Washington’s 201 Bar on Capitol Hill Wednesday night. Wikler, a former writer, producer and researcher for Franken, promises a blend of comedy, activism and interviews.
“’The Good Fight’ is a show about people changing the world, so it’s only natural that we’d start with an audacious attack on the idea that nothing fun happens on Wednesday nights,” Wikler said.
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