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Picks and Pans Main: Tube

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Finding humor in politics (his season is about as challenging as finding broccoli in the While House kitchen. But that is not slopping the folks at Comedy Central, the all-comedy basic-cable channel beamed into 25 million homes, who have plans to make next week’s Republican Convention in Houston as hilarious as they did last month’s Democratic confab in New York City. From Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, starling nightly at 9 P.M. (ET), Al (Saturday Night Live) Franken will host two hours of speeches and interviews from the convention floor, to be supplemented by such in-studio bits as a round-table analysis by a panel of humorists. Maybe Comedy Central can take this sort of coverage to the next logical step: a George Bush—Bill Clinton debate moderated by Rip Taylor.