NEW YORK: Elon Musk, one of the richest people in the world, will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ television program this weekend.
Musk turn as host of this week’s will be a light-hearted, brand-building break from the pressures of running Tesla and SpaceX. The uncertainty appears to be the point for both Musk and NBC Universal’s venerable comedy sketch show.
Musk has been encouraging fans and detractors to anticipate shenanigans, potentially involving the Dogecoin cryptocurrency. Musk has touted Dogecoin on his Twitter account, and the cryptocurrency’s value has soared ahead of his appearance.
“I’m a wild card, no telling what I might do,” Musk, wearing a black bandana, joked in a brief promotional video for the show alongside musical guest, Miley Cyrus. “Same here,” Cyrus said. “Rules? No thanks.”
Musk has been in New York this week preparing for the appearance. A photo posted to the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Twitter account showed him hunched over papers, wearing a ‘Nuke Mars’ T-shirt. Musk has mused about using nuclear weapons to reshape the Red Planet for human habitation.
ELON MUSK. MILEY CYRUS.
THIS SATURDAY pic.twitter.com/6miGBj90XJ
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) May 7, 2021
Some “SNL” cast members have expressed displeasure at the show’s decision to give its platform to one of the world’s richest people.
Musk’s appearance has drawn comparisons to the show’s controversial decision in 2015 to invite Donald Trump to host as he was preparing for his presidential run.
Although it is rare for a business executive to host ‘SNL,’ South Africa-born Musk is no stranger to pop culture or comedy.
He has appeared on ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Rick and Morty,’ and ‘South Park,’ and dates pop singer Grimes. Musk’s persona helped inspire Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of superhero Iron Man in a series of Marvel films.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) May 6, 2021