“Join us for a very special closing night featuring Senator Al Franken, No. 1 bestselling author and beloved ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum, whose new book, ‘Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,’ tells the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that,” the event listing read.
Actually, never mind.
Franken’s long-ago scheduled appearance at the Book Festival of the MJCCA, planned for Monday, was hastily canceled amid a national furor stemming from broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s allegations that he assaulted her when they were performing for troops abroad on USO Tour.
Tickets to Franken’s Monday event in Atlanta, which ranged from $32 to $75 for VIP access, had been sold out and organizers stressed in the event listing that no tickets would be sold at the door. So what happens now?
Facilitating the discussion was to be the affable and highly respected Atlanta broadcaster Bill Nigut, who in trademark style tried helping organizers come up with a Plan B, but scheduling a fill-in at the last minute could be impossible. (The person Nigut had in mind was booked, it turns out).
“Pam (Morton) worked incredibly hard to get Franken booked,” Nigut lamented Friday afternoon, referring to the festival’s tireless director. “She does such a great job running the festival and really didn’t deserve this tsuris.”
The AJC asked festival organizers what happens now. Refunds? A voucher for some future event? A possible new program? So far, they’ve said only that they were contacting ticket holders.
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