Conan O'Brien, Other Former SNL Stars Fundraise for Al Franken

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Minnesota Senator and former Saturday Night Live star Al Franken has been getting some political help from his old colleagues in the entertainment business.

Comedian Conan O'Brien, who was a writer for SNL while Franken was on the show, will headline a reception and dinner to raise money for the senator's political action committee, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

A minimum donation of $500 is required to attend the fundraiser, which will be held at a private home in Minneapolis on May 17, the newspaper reports. For $4,800, guests can get their photo taken with O'Brien and Franken. The money raised will go to Franken's joint fundraising PAC, "Franken MVPs," according to the Star Tribune.

Franken has also reportedly held fundraisers with other SNL alumni like Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey. Current SNL cast member Seth Myers has also helped the senator.

Franken has in recent months let more of his sense of humor show in his new role as a congressman, after initially trying to downplay his history as a comedian.

As a Senate candidate in 2008, Franken actually gave SNL writers inspiration for a sketch mocking Sen. John McCain. His his opponent at the time, then-Sen. Norm Coleman, attacked Franken for being "more interested in entertainment than service."

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