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Comedy – 1978 – Franken & Davis – Khomeini The Magnificient – Iran’s Mystical Leader


This 1978 Saturday Night Live skit features the comedic team of Al Franken and Tom Davis in one of their funnier pieces that ever aired…..as it features Franken as Khomeini the Magnificent, the spiritual leader of Iran….who is providing “sealed answers” resulting from his exceptional mystical powers know the questions to the “sealed answers” in the envelop he holds up to his head in order to give the questions to the answers without opening….in a format that is a takeoff of Johnny Carson’s Carmac the Magnificent.

Tom Davis was an American writer, comedian and author….who is best known for his comedy partnership with Al Franken….as half of the comedy duo of the “Franken & Davis Show” on the Saturday Night Live television show on NBC….as the two had attended The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota….where they began a friendship and professional partnership.  In 1975, Davis got his big break as one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live….where he and Franken also performed together.

The duo wrote the screenplay for and appeared in the film One More Saturday Night….while having brief appearances in the popular movies, Trading Places and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.  Davis created the SNL sketches “Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber” with Steve Martin….“Nick The Lounge Singer” with Bill Murray….“The Continental” with Christopher Walken…. and “Coneheads” with Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. 

After their stint of SNL….the “Franken & Davis Show” was laid to rest….as Tom Davis kept writing for SNL….while Al Franken got into politics….and was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008….as the nominee of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL, an affiliate of the Democratic Party), defeating incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman by 312 votes out of nearly three million cast….who then won reelection in 2014 with 53.2% of the vote over Republican challenger Mike McFadden…..as Franken resigned on January 2, 2018, after several allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him….as we at ImaSportsphile think he should of stuck to comedy….cuz in our opinion, the worst tics are poli-tics…..and anyway, this video proves he was much better at comedy.

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