The former comedian played it straight during his run for Senate. With a new book, he has returned to his roots – but ‘there are certain jokes I don’t tell’

“I may body-slam you.”

Senator Al Franken is joking. Spotting a Guardian reporter, he thinks of the former Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s body slam of the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, and cannot resist the quip. Having surgically removed his funny bone and gone serious, Franken is allowing himself to be funny again.

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