He’s sent rocket ships into space, revolutionized the auto industry and wants to power the world with solar energy: but judging by his first foray into comedy, Elon Musk shouldn’t be giving up his day jobs just yet.
Musk, 49, will host Saturday Night Live on May 8, a controversial decision that has sparked massive backlash against the polarizing multi-billionaire.
Following the announcement, cast members Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant posted sneaky Instagram stories targeting Musk, who is estimated to be worth $ 173 billion.
Undeterred, Musk spent Saturday tweeting chilling suggestions for SNL skits he could participate in – encouraging his legion of fans to propose their own ideas.
Throwing out a few sketch ideas for SNL. What should I do?’ Musk asked.
“Irony Man – beats villains with the power of irony,” Musk tweeted.
‘Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge into Baby Shark Tank’ was another.
He also suggested ‘Woke James Bond’.
Several members of the Saturday Night Live cast have pointed sly digs at Elon Musk in their Instagram stories, voicing annoyance that Tesla’s CEO has been selected to host the show.
Throwing out a few sketch ideas for SNL. What should I do?’ Musk asked his 52 million followers on Twitter
“Irony Man – beats bad guys with the power of irony,” was a joke he suggested
Musk, who has a reputation for his unfiltered Twitter feed, wrote, ‘Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge into Baby Shark Tank’
Musk tweeted, ‘James Bond woke up’. It was unclear if this was another idea for a joke
The tweets sparked a wave of suggestions from Musk’s 52 million followers on Twitter.
One person suggested doing a skit on ‘The Dogefather’, a reference to the Dogecoin cryptocurrency whose price has skyrocketed since it was first defended by Musk.
“Absolutely,” Musk replied.
Musk’s sprawling business empire includes Tesla, electric car pioneer SpaceX, who promises to colonize Mars, and believes he can build solar power to power the entire planet.
The serial entrepreneur, who has amassed approximately $ 173 billion in personal net worth, has proven to be a controversial choice to host the May 8 show.
There are early signs of tension between the long-running show’s main cast members and Musk.
Musk called himself ‘The Dogefathger’ – a reference to dogecoin cryptocurrency
One person suggested taking hard drugs with Joe Rogan, a reference to the time when Musk smoked marijuana on the famous podcast
Musk indicates his support for a skit about The Dogefather
Earlier this week, Musk, known for his unique chatter on Twitter, tweeted, “Let’s see what live Saturday Night Live really is.”
Yang posted the tweet on Stories with the response ‘what the f *** does this actually mean’.
And hours after the hosting announcement, Bryant appeared to have a subtle shot at Musk, the world’s second richest man, by posting an old quote from Senator Bernie Sanders calling it a “ moral obscenity ” that the 50 richest people in America own more than the bottom half combined.
A source said The New York Post that cast members wouldn’t be forced to appear with Musk if they didn’t want to.
They said Lorne Michaels, the boss of SNL, “will never let them do anything they don’t want to do.”
No cast members have been withdrawn from the show yet, the paper said.
Rehearsals start on Tuesday.
The source added, ‘Like him or not, Elon is a really interesting character. He is truly a showman. ‘
SNL cast members have been told they won’t be forced to appear alongside Musk if they don’t want to
Bowen Yang posted Musk’s tweet on Stories replying ‘what the f *** even means’ after Musk tweeted, ‘Let’s see what live Saturday Night Live really is’
Aidy Bryant seemed to aim a subtle shot at Musk, the world’s second richest man, posting an old quote from Senator Bernie Sanders
Andrew Dismukes, who became a featured player this season after serving as a writer since 2017, also joined, joking “The only CEO I want to sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” referring to a former SNL star.
The snide comments were made on Stories That Disappear After 24 Hours, but eagle-eyed fans took screenshots.
Musk’s selection as host is unusual for Saturday Night Live, which typically taps into actors, comedians, and other entertainers.
In one notable exception, Donald Trump hosted in November 2015, while pursuing his presidential bid, in a move that cast members grew to rue and hailed as “ embarrassing and shameful. ”
Musk’s scheduled appearance on May 8 on Saturday Night Live builds on his recent success.
Tesla’s stock is worth nearly six times more than before the pandemic started, leaving Musk an estimated fortune of $ 177 billion, second to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Forbes.
Andrew Dismukes, who became a featured player this season, also joined in, joking ‘Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri’ in reference to the former SNL star
And his SpaceX recently launched a mission that sent astronauts to the International Space Station.
SNL doesn’t make a habit of letting company executives host the show, but Musk is far from a stuffy business type.
He regularly jokes on Twitter, where he has nearly 52 million followers and has run into legal trouble for making disparaging comments about critics.
He also once hinted that he could lead a buyout of Tesla, where that nugget would result in a $ 20 million fine on Musk by stock market regulators.
Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest on the night Musk hosts. Fan reaction to Musk’s roster has been largely negative, although it is seen as a lucrative move that is likely to attract curious viewers.
Although visionary, Musk has become a controversial figure for his out-of-the-box business moves and his often-ridiculous Twitter antics.
While it was a surefire way to get eyeballs on the screen, many fans had issues with the tech wizard hosting as they felt it didn’t need more fame as it has a net worth of $ 177 billion.
He has shot himself in the foot more than once after going off on everything from the price of his Tesla stock to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2020 he will have tweeted: “Tesla stock price is too high imo,” wiping out $ 14 billion of the company’s value as angry people fired back that his statements caused them to lose thousands.
In response to the COVID-19 lockdown eh tweeted “FREE AMERICA NOW,” and some began calling him “Elon Mask.”
And the marijuana-smoking business tycoon again put his business in jeopardy when he made what he called a joke on the novelty holiday 4/20, to writeTo: Consider taking Tesla private for $ 420. Financing assured. ‘
That tweet landed a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) demanding that he pay a $ 20 million settlement fine in addition to stepping down as chairman of Tesla’s board of directors for three years.