CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Al Franken to kick off Riverfest activities with comedic lecture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Comedian Al Franken will deliver the annual Riverfest
Lecture at the University of Iowa Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hancher
Auditorium. His presentation, "An Evening with Al Franken," is
the final lecture of the year sponsored by the University Lecture Committee.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Franken is best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live,"
which he helped to launch in 1975. He remained with the show as a writer
until 1980 and returned in 1985 for another 10-year stint. Franken has
received four Emmy Awards for his Saturday Night Live writing and a fifth
for producing. He has also won recognition for his on-camera work, his
numerous characterizations of politicians, and his most popular character,
Stuart Smalley, the New Age cable TV host.
In recent years Franken has been an outspoken political critic and satirist.
His book, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations,
was published in 1996 and became a nationwide bestseller. In 1992 he anchored
Comedy Central's Indecision '92, winning critical acclaim for his
coverage of both the Democratic and Republican national conventions as
well as election night.
(Editors note: Franken will not be holding a press conference before
his lecture. It may be possible to arrange some telephone interviews before
he arrives in Iowa City. Contact Mary Geraghty, 384-0011, for information
about requesting an interview.)