Elon Musk Is Hosting SNL and God I Wish This Was Just a Clickbait Headline

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8, the show’s official account tweeted Saturday. And I have a lot of questions, namely: Why?

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Musk may be known for his unconventional sense of humor, for lack of a better word, on Twitter, but is he entertaining enough to sustain a 90-minute time slot of comedy sketches? SNL sure seems to hope so. And no, his partner Grimes isn’t the episode’s musical guest. That role goes to Miley Cyrus, in what will be her sixth SNL appearance.

As Variety notes, SNL has featured a few business hosts before, including New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in 1990 and NBC’s own Brandon Tartikoff in 1983, but Musk will be the first tech CEO to take the stage.

His businesses have been making headlines in recent weeks, for better or worse. Last week, NASA tapped SpaceX to build the first lunar lander since the Apollo program, and its Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station early Saturday morning, the company’s third crewed mission. Tesla, on the other hand, has come under fire yet again for its vehicles’ driver assistance system, or Autopilot, in the wake of a fatal crash in Texas. Federal safety regulators announced an investigation into the incident, in which a Tesla believed to be driverless crashed into a tree and burst into flames, earlier this week.

Musk has made a few pop culture cameos over the years—most notably in Iron Man 2 and The Big Bang Theoryand famously smoked a joint with Joe Rogan during one of his appearances on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. But can his outlandish public persona and meme-based humor translate well into live comedy skits? I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.

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lreinhart
LenR

Obviously you don’t care much for Musk, but there are few people who have taken on the tasks he has, and even fewer that actually accomplished them. It turns out the car didn’t even have the full driving package and even that is not to be left in sole control of the vehicle. Sure I don’t think he watches what he says enough, but his contributions to this country are pretty big, especially space, but in the long term electric cars will be even more important to fight climate change. It is good to see someone with a can do attitude these days, there seems to be a lot of negativity.