Nightly News   |  July 19, 2012

Comedy writer Tom Davis has died

The comedy partner of Al Franken, Tom Davis first performed on "Saturday Night Live" in the 70s. As two of the show’s first writers they helped establish the show’s unique voice. Davis was 59 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> tom davis has died. viewers of "snl" in the early days will remember him as one-half of the duo franken and davis. franken became senator al franken and davis continued in comedy, wrote books, and famously experimented with and enjoyed to the fullest a slew of drugs from opium to lsd. lauren michaels discovered the duo doing stand up in l.a. they worked on "snl" for 13 years on and off and shared three emmys for their work. tom davis dead of cancer at the age of 59.