Too bad I missed this radio show since it happened this February even though I occasionally listen to Michael Medved's radio show. Be sure to click on the blogsite in the link above to download a video clip of the incident. It's not much.
Evidently what happened was that Medved ran into Franken and asked him if he would like to stop by the table to do a couple of minutes on the show. Getting an affirmative, Medved then ran into O'Neil and made the same offer. Franken's outburst was based on his paranoid claim that Medved "set him up" and "ambushed" him by setting up a debate with O'Neil without giving him a day or so to prepare.
As O'Neil said, if you are telling the truth, you don't need time to get yourself prepared. That, of course, was after Franken stormed off in a huff, carrying his hissy fit to the door.
I don't know what happened with Laura, but there was talk of Franken throwing a chair to the floor in another fit of rage earlier. Franken denied this, saying he had just pushed back and stood up and the chair fell over, but later O'Neil agreed with Medved that the chair had been thrown to the floor in anger, and they said something like 400 people saw this.But Franken did get in his pro-Kerry mantra, about Kerry serving "two tours of duty in Viet Nam', etc.Someone should tell him there is a difference between a fool and a comic.
Here's another account from commenter in that blogsite:
Al Franken reprised his role in "Trading Places" and went ape today on the Michael Medved show when he arrived at Michael's table on radio row for a brief appearance to find John O'Neill of SwiftVets fame sitting next to Medved prepared for a "debate" with Franken.
A crowd quickly gathered hoping for another RNC-Habib like outburst and, although disappointed, was treated to Franken tossing a chair and then Franken angrily denying that he tossed a chair ("it fell over when I walked away").
Franken'e eyes literally bulging out of his head. I was 3 feet free Franken and the corner of his mouth was twitching and his hands were curled up in close to a fist.
Here's a different website detailing the whole Franken fiasco.
Hey Al! Bring...it....on!
I think Al need to put up his fists and get it out of his system.
Uh, yeah. Right.