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Former Saturday Night Live writer, Tom Davis, to speak at Columbia College
Thursday, April 22, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 19, 2010) - Tom Davis, an original comedy writer for Saturday Night Live, will discuss the early days of the show, Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. After the lecture, he will hold a book signing for his memoir, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone who was There.

As half of the comedy team of "Franken and Davis" founded with Al Franken while still in high school, he first broke into the business in 1975. Lorne Michaels, SNL creator, hired Davis and Franken for a single apprentice writer position for a new comedy show that would be broadcast live from New York. Davis is a four-time Emmy award winner from 12 seasons at SNL. He also won a Writer's Guild Award for the SNL 25th Anniversary Special and wrote for The New Show, Coneheads, Steve Martin's Best Show Ever and The Paul Simon Special.

Copies of his memoir will be available at the Columbia College bookstore or can be purchased at the lecture.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit