Stuart Smalley is a fictional character invented and performed by comedian and satirist Al Franken. The character originated on the television show Saturday Night Live, in a mock self-help show called "Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley." It first aired on SNL's February 9, 1991 episode hosted by Kevin Bacon. Stuart is Franken's middle name. Franken has stated that him "going to Al-Anon meetings inspired [the character] Stuart [Smalley]".