Via the New York Times, Tom Davis has died at the age of 59. Davis was an Emmy Award-winning American writer and comedian and is best known for his partnership with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live.
“In 1975, Mr. Davis, brilliant at improvisational comedy, and Mr. Franken, a whiz at plotting funny sequences, became two of the first writers on a new show called ‘Saturday Night Live,’ which has lasted 37 years. (The two should actually be called one of the show’s first writers: they accepted a single salary of $350 a week. Each, singly, was called ‘the guys.’)”
The duo is credited with creating what remains one of the most widely known and best skits on the show: The Coneheads. Working with Dan Aykroyd, Davis also helped create another SNL standby: Julia Child bleeding to death.
In 2009, Davis talked about his arrest for hashish with Al Franken.