I was at sea on Thursday (July 19th, 2012) when comedian and writer Tom Davis passed away from cancer, so I am just getting around to posting about this now. Davis was one of the first writers for Saturday Night Live and half of the comedic duo Franken and Davis, with partner Al Franken (now a Democratic Senator from Minnesota). Along with Franken, Davis was responsible for creating enduring SNL characters such as alien family The Coneheads and Irwin Mainway, whose toy company marketed the Halloween costume “Invisible Pedestrian” (an all black suit of clothes) under the disclaimer “Not for Blind Kids.” Davis also wrote the hilarious skit where Julia Child (Dan Aykroyd, in a spot on performance) accidentally cuts herself and bleeds to death on Live TV after discovering that the phone installed on the set kitchen is just a prop. Tom Davis was 59 years old.
By now everybody with an Internet connection has likely heard of Dan Aykroyd’sCrystal Head Vodka. Promoted by an ingenious viral video which many people mistook for some kind of a joke ad for Absolute Vodka, the product is actually real: its primary selling point being that it comes in a collectible clear glass, skull-shaped bottle designed by Bruni glass of Milano, Italy. And who wouldn’t like to make a bong out of that? The original run of the product quickly sold out, but can still find it for sale all over, including Here. View the very entertaining, original 8 minute video with Dan Aykroyd here on You Tube.