Tom Davis, Original ‘SNL’ Writer, Dies at 59

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Al Franken (left) and Tom Davis

Tom Davis, an original writer on Saturday Night Live and the longtime writing partner of comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken, died Thursday at the age of 59, after a long battle with cancer.

Davis, a native of the Minneapolis area, was part of the writing staff on SNL when it debuted in 1975, and was behind such classic sketches as “Bag O’ Glass,” the Coneheads and Dan Aykroyd’s Julia Child impression. Davis occasionally performed on camera along with Franken, and the two made a memorable cameo in the movie “Trading Places.” Franken and Davis later returned to SNL in the early ’90s.

While Franken and Davis had become estranged in recent years, they reconciled prior to Davis’ death. The senator issued a statement Thursday:

 “Today is a sad day for all of us who loved Tom. I spoke with his mom this afternoon and she recalled fondly all the laughter that would come from the basement when Tom and I first got started in comedy… I visited Tom two weeks ago, and though he was deathly ill, we did a lot of laughing. He was a great friend, a good man, and so funny.”

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