Franken: Comedy partner Tom Davis dies

Former SNL writer Tom Davis died Thursday. He was 59.

Story highlights

  • Tom Davis was hired as comedy writer on "Saturday Night Live" in 1975
  • He and Al Franken appeared in comedy sketches
  • In its early years, "SNL" was "a writer's show," Davis said in a 2010 interview
Tom Davis, who teamed up with Al Franken and wrote comedy sketches during the early years of "Saturday Night Live," died Thursday, according to Franken.
"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," said Franken, a U.S. senator in Minnesota. "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."