Submitted on Tuesday, 9/22/2020, at 5:01 PM

An article in the Des Moines Register highlights the collaboration between executive producer Romen Borsellino ’12 and actor Kal Penn on a new political comedy TV series aimed at young voters. Each of the six episodes of Kal Penn Approves This Message, airing on the Freeform network, “will tackle a big issue, from health care to education and the history of voting itself.”

Penn is perhaps best known as a star of the Harold & Kumar movie series, and was associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama. Borsellino first met Penn at a 2007 Iowa caucus event at his high school.

"I think any way you can engage folks and build as big a tent as possible and get as many people off the sidelines as possible, we should take advantage of," Borsellino says, referring to the potential of the new TV series to fire up viewers about political issues. "And if that means using comedy and storytelling and things that will connect with our friends and neighbors, then let's do it."