Elon Musk hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week like a man with nothing to lose.
That’s most likely as a result of his web price is $166 billion. What’s a 90-minute-long sketch present to a man with an revenue better than some nations’ protection budgets?
But 49-year-old Musk had been beneath stress for weeks. He was the most controversial guest host of “SNL” since then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015.
The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur appeared amid a flurry of anger as a result of of his monumental wealth and his early pandemic skepticism. Cast members Andrew Dismukes, Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant wrote essential tweets main as much as Musk’s gig, and there have been studies that they could even choose out of the episode solely in protest.
The boycott by no means occurred. Yang appeared alongside Musk in a number of segments, the deafening fracas fizzled out and we received yet one more mediocre episode of “SNL”
Shockingly, although, Musk was the most effective half.
The billionaire took the stage of Studio 8H dressed like a James Bond villain, and delivered a scorcher of a stand-up set that was funnier than the whole ensuing hour.
“I’m actually making history tonight as the first host with Asperger’s to host ‘SNL,’” he introduced to applause. “Or at least the first to admit it.”
Brilliant. Like his first joke, the others weren’t protected.
“A lot of times people are reduced to the dumbest thing they ever did,” he stated, acknowledging that he once smoked pot on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
“It’s like reducing OJ Simpson to murder. One time! Fun fact: OJ also hosted this show in ‘79. And again in ‘96. He killed.”
Then got here — ugh — the sketches.
They weren’t any good, however what was exceptional is that Musk — who, so far as I do know, by no means a lot as appeared in a highschool manufacturing of “Guys and Dolls” — held his personal with the extra skilled solid.
The first was “Generation Z Hospital,” a silly send-up of twentysomethings and hospital cleaning soap operas. He performed a physician that knowledgeable a group their pal had died. As a memorial, they handed round an urn with a Supreme brand on it and spoke in annoying youth-isms.
The subsequent one was “The Uli Show,” a form of “Wayne’s World” airing on Icelandic Public TV with Chloe Fineman and Mikey Day. Once once more, Musk was the funniest character as a TV producer named Ragnarok who was in love with Uli.
Later on, he livened up “Weekend Update” as a monetary professional making an attempt to elucidate cryptocurrencies to Michael Che.
“What is Dogecoin?” Che repeatedly requested him.
“Well, it was created in 2013,” Musk responded.
Prompted many times, he lastly concluded, “It’s an unstoppable financial vehicle that’s going to take over the world.”
“Oh, so it’s a hustle?,” replied Che.
“Yeah, it’s a hustle.”
Toward the tip, Musk received foolish. He performed Wario — Super Mario’s evil counterpart — and cracked Nintendo cocaine jokes.
“SNL” head honcho Lorne Michaels was sensible to carry on Musk now that the presidential election is lengthy over and viewers aren’t staying dwelling on Saturday nights as a lot whereas restrictions and curfews are lifted. The businessman, like him or not, reeled in viewers that hadn’t tuned into the present in years.
Even if it was a median episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the host was a Musk see.