Elon Musk demonstrated a mix of modesty and excitement as he opened up his much-awaited “Saturday Night Live” hosting a concert.
The 49-year-old Tesla CEO, the founder of SpaceX, and one of the world’s richest men opened up his monologue by making fun of his monotonous speech style and claiming nobody can tell when he jokes.
“It’s nice to host ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I really mean,” Musk said with a black T-shirt in a black suit on the floor. “I have to clarify sometimes, after I say something, I mean it.”
In clarification, he added that he was the first person to host the show with Asperger’s syndrome. “Or the first person at least to admit it,” he said.
It may have been the first time that Musk claimed he had a mild type of autism.
Musk also joked about his Twitter account, with over 50,000,000 followers, and tweets that prompted some critics to oppose his invitation to host the show.
“See, sometimes I know how to say or post odd stuff, but this is how my brain functions,” he said.
Musk then made a boast that elicited his biggest laugh of the night and applause from the studio audience.
“I want to tell everyone that I have insulted. I have just reinvented electric cars and sent people on a rocket ship to Mars,” said Musk. “Did you think I was going to be a chill too, average guy?”
Musk did not appear in the unconventional heart-warming cold when cast members and their moms sang briefly during Mother’s Day when the musical guest Miley Cyrus sang the inspiring “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” to her godmother Dolly Parton.
But Musk brought his own mother, Maye Musk’s model, on stage to speak about how he was when he was twelve.
The decision brought backlash from those who thought the show celebrated an exorbitant man in an era of great injustice and a man who spread disinformation on his massive Twitter after playing down the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.
Playing on Musk’s image as an innovator, NBC has live broadcast the episode on YouTube internationally and “Saturday Night Live” has been seen worldwide for the first time.
Musk took her first stiff staff at the show’s first performance, a mock soap called “Gen Z Hospital,” and played a doctor in a fake beard who gave a group of youths bad news in their own lingo.
“Maybe all of you want to sit down, perhaps what I’ll say is a little cringe,” Musk said. “Your beast has taken a big L.”
In subsequent sketches, he had minor roles. For the first time since quarantine, he played the director of an Icelandic talk show, with a German-language accent and a bleached and spiced wig.
And on “Weekend Update,” he played a nearby character who was a financial analyst called Lloyd Ostertag, throwing an extended plug for Musk’s favourite cryptocurrency, Dogecoin.
After Michael Che had struggled to grasp the “update” anchor, Musk, as Ostertag admitted, “Yeah, it’s a rush.”
Although Musk is likely the most wealthy show host ever – Forbes Magazine estimates him to be worth USD 177 billion – the sketch comedy institution has hosted a number of other business owners, politicians, and non-entertainers over the course of its more than four decades.
In 1996, the show was hosted by Steve Forbes, a wealthy family publication manager and long-term presidential candidate.
Donald Trump hosted “The Apprentice” twice, as a businessman and host in 2004, and as a presidential candidate in 2015. The sketches of the show made him the main objective of the following year, but the choice of teams with him in the years since then has brought harsh criticism.
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