In the mid-seventies, Lorne Michaels created the variety show which has been known as SNL or Saturday Night Live for most of its 38 seasons. The show's success has been due in large part to the trifecta of popular guest hosts, creative sketch writers, and a rotating ensemble of talented comedian-actors. For many, the hay-day of the show was in its first decade, with the likes of Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman, with frequent appearances by Steve Martin.
One of the most popular sketches to air during that early era of the show was The Coneheads. An alien family with tall, pointed heads, trying to assimilate into the ways of Earthlings, Aykroyd played the role of Beldar, the father, while Curtain played Prymaat, the mother, and their other-worldly daughter was played by Newman. They were a highly unusual looking family with odd manners, yet they worked to blend in and few who called on them made mention of their un-earthly ways. The Coneheads provided nonsensical humor while illustrating the relatable challenges of a couple raising a teenager and handling whatever live threw at them.
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