Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and something actually called The Boring Company, will host Saturday Night Live on May 6, according to a heavily ratioed tweet sent by the long running television program’s account.
While Musk and his partner Grimes certainly show that they have senses of humor (naming their kid X Æ A-Xii Musk just scratches the surface), Tesla’s “Technoking” (yes, that is his actual title) has yet to prove himself in the arena of sketch comedy.
While Musk does like to make jokes on Twitter (as well as blurt out ill-informed takes concerning the coronavirus), a recent SF Gate article by Miles Klee detailed how Musk “yoinked” one of the self-described shitposter’s memes. “Everyone who makes content for the internet knows your work will be reshared, aggregated and often stripped of credit,” Klee wrote. “What you don’t necessarily expect is that some dumb joke you make will end up on the Twitter page of a guy who was recently the richest person alive.”
SNL’s decision doesn’t come out of nowhere. Storied television shows seem to have a thing for Elon Musk. Star Trek: Discovery’s Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) made a reference to Musk’s greatness in the show’s first season, listing him alongside The Wright Brothers and Zefram Cochrane, the first Earthling to build a warp drive engine. The Simpsons also included him in a 2015 episode, with the usually politically conscious Lisa showing some slightly out-of-character affection for one of the world’s richest men.
While many have compared the announcement of Musk’s hosting to Donald Trump**’**s 2015 appearance, it takes a true head like Kurt Andersen to remember when conservative millionaire Steve Forbes hosted the show in 1996 “a month after he pulled out of the 1996 Republican presidential primary campaign.”
The musical guest on the Musk episode will be Miley Cyrus.
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