Saturday Night's Children: Tom Davis (1977-1980)
by Megh Wright Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure. Wh... [Read More]
R.I.P. Tom Davis (1952-2012)
Tom Davis, who formed a comedy team with Al Franken before both Franken and Davis became original writers for Saturday Night Live, died today after a lengthy battle with cancer. Davis was 59. Davis won four Emmys for his comedy TV writing. On SNL, he... [Read More]
Tom Davis, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Comedy Writer, Dies at 59 | NY Times
In 2004, contestants on “Jeopardy!” were stumped by the clue “He was the comedy partner of Al Franken.” Tom Davis, that comedy partner, sighed as he watched. He was so inured to being second fiddle to Mr. Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, that he called himself Sonny to Mr. Franken’s Cher. [Read More]
Garry Shandling, Murphy Brown, Cloris Leachman, Airplane! and more! At the 10th annual SF Sketchfest
Among the big highlights are panels toasting: Airplane!, with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker & Robert Hays; The 25th anniversary of It's Garry Shandling's Show with Shandling & Alan Zweibel; Murphy Brown with Candice Bergen & Diane English; SNL'ers Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman & Tom Davis; Cloris Leachman; Brian Henson & Neil Patrick Harris on the Muppets. [Read More]
What the heck was The Saturday Night Live Movie?
in 1990, there was an attempt to make an actual theatrical release called "The Saturday Night Live Movie," an anthology comedy film a la "Kentucky Fried Movie" that was aimed at satirizing the experience of going to the movies, written by an all-star cast of writers who have been associated with the show over the years. [Read More]
Tom Davis is dying to tell you stories about the first years of Saturday Night Live and more
Tom Davis may be a scholar and a gentleman, or he may be neither of those things, but he was one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, and he did live a full life, which he shared parts ... [Read More]
Former Franken comedy partner Tom Davis steps into spotlight - AP book review
In the comedy duo of Franken and Davis, Tom Davis says, he was Garfunkel. The quiet guy, in other words, overshadowed by his flashier partner, Al Franken. "If we were Sonny and Cher, he would be Cher," Davis says. [Read More]
Tom Davis: The invisible man of SNL
Al Franken's former writing partner, Tom Davis, has written a connect-the-tokes history of the drugs, silliness and genius of "SNL's" early years. [Read More]
Tom Davis: SNL's Last Survivor
Looking back, Tom Davis doesn't appear to have many lasting regrets. His new memoir, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss details his triumphs and defeats, offering one of the more candid looks inside the original SNL. Davis lays it out so honestly that he had Grove Press delay the book's release until Minnesota's Senate race ended, not wanting to give Norm Coleman any ammo against his ex-partner Al Franken. This generosity of spirit permeates Davis' memoir, though he's not lax in the gra... [Read More]