In these depressing times, a constant bright spot is watching Sen. Al Franken skewer GOP no-goodniks during whatever commission he happens to be sitting on. A former writer/performer for Saturday Night Live, Franken has risen within the Democratic Party to be one of the few politicians who still puts his constituents first—and he's pretty goddamn funny. That's why fans should grab their tickets now to catch Franken for his speaking engagement at the Newmark Theater on Sun June 18 at 5 pm to promote his new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. Here's what it's about from the Newmark's site:

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. Furthermore, Senator Franken’s memoir is about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

Sounds good to me! Tickets are $38 each and the price includes a copy of Franken's book. This is sure to be a popular event, so get those tix quick!