The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the O'Franken Factor

The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the O'Franken Factor

by Al Franken


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The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the O'Franken Factor

Comedy is best served fresh -- especially the dry, topical, political comedy Al Franken delivers each day on his Air America Radio Network program, which was still dubbed The O'Franken Factor when these bits were aired. (It's now just The Al Franken Show.) So it's no surprise that this compilation, a mix of skits and extended riffs from the show's first several months, generates more smiles than belly laughs. Fans, especially the multitudes who have not been able to tune in to the show, will welcome this 80-minute CD from the bestselling author, humorist, and former Saturday Night Live fixture. Among the best of the disc's 27 cuts are four segments, spaced out through the collection, wherein Franken and co-host Katherine Lanpher check in on right-wing hatchet-girl-cum-glamour-puss Ann Coulter -- whom they claim to have locked up in their greenroom. It is such a spot-on Coulter impersonation that you could almost believe it's actually her, demonstrating a surprising talent for self-deprecation. Witty, too, are songs poking fun at such favored Franken targets as Rush Limbaugh and William Bennett, voiced by sound-alikes. The former ("My Drugs Are Red, White, and Blue") works better than the latter ("Outrageous in Vegas"), mainly because it's more cruel and vicious. Which is, it seems after listening to 80 minutes of Franken, not really his style. For all the put-up-your-dukes bombast built into his book titles (Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them), his forte is cleverness, and that comes through in subtle touches that you'll appreciate through repeated listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Artemis Records
UPC: 0699675156626
catalogNumber: 51566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Franken   Primary Artist,Spoken Word
Wayne Lammers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pete Levin   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Bebe Neuwirth   Composer
Jim Norton   Research Direction
Robert Smigel   Composer
Franken   Composer,Liner Notes
Stanley Tucci   Composer
Christian Rosén   Engineer
Billy Kimball   Composer,Executive Producer
Wayne Lammers   Composer
Katherine Lanpher   Composer,Contributor
Ben Wikler   Composer,Producer
Gabrielle Zuckerman   Composer,Executive Producer
Ben Wikler   Audio Production

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