Al Franken quizzes Sonia Sotomayor on 'Perry Mason'

Yesterday, just days into his new job in the United States Senate, Al Franken finally did what we'd all been waiting for: He cracked a joke. And a pop culture-themed one at that! While questioning Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the former SNL-er asked her about Perry Mason. Earlier in the proceedings, Sotomayor had mentioned how influential the classic television show from the 1950s and '60s had been in her decision to become a lawyer. She'd also made reference to a bit of TV trivia: That Mason only lost a single case to his opposing counsel, prosecutor Hamilton Burger. A fan of Mason himself, Franken asked: "What was the one case in Perry Mason that Burger won?" When Sotomayor couldn't remember, Franken cracked: "Didn't the White House prepare you for that?" It wasn't exactly Stuart Smalley, but how cool was it to see a bit of levity injected into the heavy-duty hearings?

Check out the video below. Can any of you answer Franken's question? In which episode did Mason lose his case?

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  • Kate

    I am sad that this fool Senator is from my state…
    And how staged was her answer? If it wasn’t, then wow she was able to think of it VERY quickly

  • Ardent

    Kate – ME TOO!! This is exactly what I figured he’d do – start telling jokes. The man is a joke. Yuck!

  • Snarf

    I’m sure the folks at Fox News and Anne Coulter will have a lot to say about this.

  • Sir Clive

    Kate, you are obviously a massive ret*rd. The whole confirmation process is one massive, old-white-guy posturing and jerk-off session. It was tedious, boring and self-indulgent. AL FRANKEN IS FUNNY, WITTY, AND HAS MORE INTELLIGENCE THAN MOST OF THE A-HOLES AT THAT HEARING PUT TOGETHER. You should have enough sense to be glad you no longer have that parasite Norm Coleman siphoning money away from the state to himself. Duh.

    • Delilah

      Every time I find out some idiot from Minnesota voted for his clown, I do my best to distance myself from them, professionally and personally. I don’t want to know anyone THAT STUPID! That would include you, obviously.

  • Sir Clive

    btw, Ardent – you’re an idiot too

  • Jimmy

    Thats OK Kate and Ardont, most of us are sad your state is even a part of the United States!

  • Sir Clive

    Hahahahahahaha. Jimmy, you’re right. I was in Minnesota once…NEVER AGAIN. It was soooooo boring and ugly….I wish they would secede.

  • Kelly

    Sir Clive, you can stay out of Minnesota. We won’t miss you.

  • Kelly

    You either, Jimmy. Oh, and Kate, if you want to leave with them, that’d be alright – I’d take Franken over Coleman any day of the week.

  • To Sir Clive and Jimmy

    I’ve been to Minnesota several times and it’s lovely as are the people. You got angry at what other people said and chose to bash the state they live in. That’s a lame attempt at showing your anger guys.

  • Gary

    I’m not from Minnesota, but I am ashamed for them. I would have thought he would have had the decency to try to act professional to silence his critics.

    • Delilah

      I agree. I thought he’d at least try (i.e., pretend) to act like a normal person and ask a reasonably intelligent question. He’s such an embarrassment to my state.

  • Mark

    Honestly I was just happy to see a glimpse of humor and levity by a Senator. If they laughed once in a while, maybe the country would be a bit better off. And as for Minnesota, I’ve been to 42 of the continental states and each one has its bright spots and boring spots. I would trade the rurality of Minnesota any day for the bum peeing in a corner at Grand Central Station. Be Americans and stop bashing each other.

  • Sir Basil

    U-S-A. U-S-A. U-S-A. Like I said, the whole confirmation process is one massive, old-white-guy posturing and jerk-off session. Gawd, these geysers love the sound of their own voice. Your tax dollars at work!

    • Ildefonso

      You are my hero!!! I cant believe sotmiheng like this exists on the internet! Its so true, so honest, and more than that you dont sound like an idiot! Finally, someone who knows how to talk about a subject without sounding like a kid who didnt get that bike he wanted for Christmas.

  • hcarden

    She started to answer before he finished the question. How could that be, I wonder?

  • Sir Duke

    To SIRS with love as apparently you were deprived of it as children!!!

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