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Al Franken, with wife Franni at his side, answers reporters questions Tuesday after the Minnesota Supreme Court declared him the winner of the state's second U.S. Senate seat. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

As others see it: A comedy-free Franken

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Al Franken wasn't very funny at all in his debut as a U.S. senator -- and that's fine with us.

Sure, his stoic introductory news conference followed by his serious swearing-in ceremony may have disappointed the national media, especially pundits seeking to dissect a punch line or see Stuart Smalley resurrected.

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