Elon Musk can now say he has hosted SNL. The question on most Saturday Night Live viewers’ minds: Does the most ballyhooed industrialist of our time, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, with a net worth in the hundreds of billions, have the kinds of comic chops to not completely embarrass himself on history’s first globally-livestreamed episode of SNL?
A little bit of context, before we get into things:
- On Saturday, in the lead-up to the broadcast, Musk tweeted about Doge being with him on SNL (sending Dogecoin prices soaring),
- Which came just a day after he advised caution over investing in Dogecoin.
- This was the same week Musk got majorly called out for stealing memes,
- and Tesla had to publicly eat crow over Musk’s exaggerated autopilot claims.
- And it all, of course, came on the heels of a few SNL cast members making their displeasure with Musk’s hosting gig relatively well-known.
So! To say there was a lot to anticipate about Musk’s performance would be to… mildly understate the case. And the reviews came swift and fast. Here’s what the world had to say on Elon’s SNL debut:
On the monologue, in which Elon guaranteed headlines by identifying as a person with Asperger Syndrome:
— Jarod Narag (@TheJrodBlog) May 9, 2021
On the “Gen Z Hospital” skit:
When Elon Invited his mom onstage:
He was awful:
SNL drew a lot of people with Elon as host only to drop the two worst opening sketches of all time.
— Ryan Mac🙃 (@RMac18) May 9, 2021
He was great:
Elon musk just basically said this about his tweets pic.twitter.com/eG5txrCteV
— Stock Market News (@StockMKTNewz) May 9, 2021
He was weird:
elon speaks and acts like a deepfake
— LAZAR (@Lazarbeam) May 9, 2021
— Thomas Aman (@itsthomasaman) May 9, 2021
He was awkward: