Kate Scanlon 2 hours
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken shared an awkward moment Thursday that just might become fodder for “Saturday Night Live.”
During his testimony at his confirmation hearing, Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s onetime Republican primary rival — who is now his choice to lead the Department of Energy — exchanged pleasantries with the Democratic senator.
“Did you enjoy meeting me?” Franken asked.
“I hope you are as much fun on that dias as you were on your couch,” Perry replied.
“Well—” Franken began before hesitating as Perry’s words sunk in and the crowd erupted in laughter.
“May I rephrase that, sir?” Perry interjected.
“Please, please, please,” Franken said. “Oh my lord, oh my lord.”
Perry, who had doubled over in laughter, replied, “Well, I think we found our ‘Saturday Night Live’ soundbite.”
Franken, who was once an ‘SNL’ cast member, laughed in response.