Celebrities Who Entered Politics
He was good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, the people of Minnesota like him. Al Franken went from Saturday Night Live writer/performer (where his best-known character was self-help maven Stuart Smalley) to movie actor (Stuart Saves His Family) to bestselling author of political books (Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot) to talk-radio host to the U.S. Senate. The Democrat won his 2008 election by just 312 votes, prompting a statewide manual recount and an unsuccessful lawsuit by his opponent. He has served since 2009.