Al Franken will be Stuart Smalley to me for as long as he lives. But since he was elected to represent Minnesota in Congress, his Daily Affirmations have been replaced with ferocity on the Senate floor, and as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Franken's gotten quite a bit of attention for his unwavering scrutiny of the Trump administration's relationship with Russia. Somehow, he's still managed to squeeze in time to write a memoir about his 2008 election—one that included an eight month recount—and thanks to The Strand, he'll be in New York next week to discuss it.

On August 1st, Franken will join fellow political funnyman Seth Meyers at the Great Hall at Cooper Union to dig into Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, his aforementioned memoir focusing on his new-ish career in politics. And if the book is anything like some of Franken's previous work — Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations and Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them — it's bound to be good. (I have fond memories of basically crying on my parents' couch while reading the former as a tween, even though I was then blessedly ignorant about Phil Gramm and Newt Gingrich.) Bonus: a higher-tier ticket will get you a copy along with admission to the event.

You can also (probably) expect Franken to offer up a few fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the Capitol, as well as some highlights from his time at Saturday Night Live, where his political career has managed to net him his own caricature:

The event takes place from 8 to 9 p.m., with seating kicking off at 7 p.m. You can get the book with admission for $32, or just admission for $15, and tickets are now available for purchase online.