Saying goodbye to Tom Davis (1952 – 2012)

By July 20, 2012

Another member of Saturday Night Live has died.

Emmy award-winning and original SNL writer Tom Davis passed away Thursday at the age of 59 from tongue and neck cancer.

Along with writing partner (now U.S. Senator) Al Franken, they wrote the film “One More Saturday Night” and made frequent appearances on SNL as the comedy duo “Franken & Davis” and in films like “Trading Places” and “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash”.

You may not recognize the name but I guarantee you you’ll recognize the AMAZING and most memorable SNL character sketches he’s responsible for including: “Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber” for Steve Martin; “Nick The Lounge Singer” for Bill Murray; Julia Child and Irwin Mainway for Dan Aykroyd.

During his three terms at SNL (1975-1980, 1986-1994, 2003), not only did he create the aforementioned sketches, he’s also responsible for one of my favorite sketches EVER…The Continental.

Franken & Davis are the team behind “The Brain Tumor Comedian”, where Davis stands alongside a head bandaged Franken as he tells a joke but can’t remember any of the punch lines.

Davis wrote a book with Franken about their days at SNL (including the fact they had to split a single $350-a-week salary between them) titled “Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There” and before his death worked with Dan Aykroyd on a script that very well may be “Ghostbusters III”.

As someone who grew up in the Tom Davis era, I am deeply saddened by his death but extremely grateful that some of his greatest works can be enjoyed until the end of the world.

I leave you with two of my faves…enjoy.

Nick The Lounge Singer sings theme to “Star Wars”

The Continental (Christopher Walken)

Goodbye, Tom. You will be missed.

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  • Vince Blackshadow

    $350 a week in 1975 is equal to $1,566 in 2016 dollars, so it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

    • Yes, but that amount of split. Then you factor in New York, in addition to working on an actual TV show which would normally be considered a level of success. That’s pretty bad.