CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Wildly successful businessman. Father of X Æ A-Xii. When you think of Elon Musk, these are just some of the titles that jump to mind. While he is clearly a multi-talented and vastly creative individual, it is safe to say that when it was announced that he would be joining the like of seasoned actors such as Emma Stone, Tom Hanks and Matthew McConaughey as a host of the infamous sketch show Saturday Night Live, scepticism was rife. And, after the airing of the episode last night, the controversy and chatter have only increased.
Kicking things off with a slightly stiff monologue, which was filled with OJ Simpson jokes and a cameo from his mother, Musk made it evident that the episode would be unlike any other as he revealed he would be the first person to host SNL with Asperger’s. The candid nature of his confession was then followed up by the show’s usual hilarious barrage of sketches which saw Musk starring in post-quarantine conversations and a mission to Mars – which also featured appearances from the night’s musical guest Miley Cyrus as well as resident SNL comedian Pete Davidson. The episode was defined, however, by a bizarre Mario-inspired courtroom sketch that saw Musk playing the character of Wario who is placed on trial for murder. Donning a garish outfit, a questionable accent and showing off some interesting dance moves, the businessman was also joined by girlfriend Grimes, who stepped into the role of Princess Peach in a truly exaggerated and animated form.