Franklin is a talk show host, comedian, musician, and filmmaker who has written for and appeared on shows and networks including: Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, CNN, HBO and Showtime. He has written speeches for Congressmen and jokes for Jay Leno. A winner of 7 Edward R. Murrow awards for radio and television writing, Franklin’s 2004 National Murrow award for writing was presented by Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Franklin hosted mornings on KOGO from 2007-2013, and writes position pieces and prep for guests on Real Time with Bill Maher, Good Morning America and Face the Nation. He also regularly appears at comedy clubs across the U.S.
Franklin said: “The current narrative is that San Francisco is all liberals, progressives and Democrats mixed in with the occasional 4.9. Maybe, but I see it more as a city that simply embraces freedom and more to the point, the free expression of ideas regardless of ideology. Whether it's politics, art, music or comedy, it all starts with a passion for discovery – discovery of life here in the Bay area, the wider world, and our inner lives.”
Most recently Franklin was on KOGO 600 AM in San Diego. Previously, he hosted on WBAL 1090 AM in Baltimore, Maryland and at WMAL 630 AM in Washington DC.