For Some Reason, Elon Musk Will Host “Saturday Night Live,” And Some Of The Cast Might Not Be Too Excited About It
Over the weekend, it was revealed that billionaire car salesman Elon Musk would be hosting an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live, which makes almost zero sense to anyone familiar with the concept of the show. Because SNL is a live sketch comedy show, and one could argue that Elon is only funny in an accidental way. But still, we don’t know what was running through Lorne Michaels’ head when he decided that Elon Musk was qualified to host on May 8. Among those seriously questioning Lorne’s judgment might be a few people who could possibly have to act opposite Elon in sketches.
On Saturday, the SNL Twitter account tweeted this announcement, in which we learned that the SNL booking agent had officially reached the bottom of the talent barrel, causing that tweet to absolutely buckle under the weight of everyone roasting Elon as host. We also learned that Miley Cyrus would be appearing as the musical guest for the fourth time, which had almost as many people wondering why Elon was chosen when Miley is literally right there. I mean, I could understand if they needed a host of the Saturday Night Union Busters Meeting or Saturday Night COVID Misinformation Session, but this?
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 24, 2021
Here’s how much of the internet responded:
Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making "that's what she said" jokes who think they'd be great at hosting SNL.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) April 24, 2021
there are few things in this world that I want to see less than Elon Musk hosting SNL https://t.co/XTr2zXdqht
— negaoryx (@negaoryx) April 24, 2021
Guy Who Still Brags About Being Able To Quote All Of Anchorman Thrilled For Elon Musk To Be Hosting SNL
— Siobhan Thompson, mysterious European heiress (@vornietom) April 24, 2021
elon musk furiously hoarding viral tweets to prepare for hosting SNL
— amy b (@arb) April 24, 2021
Even former SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan had something (albeit very vague) to say about it:
Sometimes I tweet about SNL then get worried Lorne will see it and take it down like he didn’t fire me a decade ago. That place is wild.
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) April 25, 2021
Deadline points out that Elon Musk isn’t the first person without any talent, comedic timing, natural humor, or charisma to host the show. Political and business types have hosted before, like Steve Forbes (1995), Al Gore (2002), John McCain (2002), Ralph Nader (1977), Al Sharpton (2003), George Steinbrenner (1990), and Donald Trump twice (in 2004, then 2015). And we all know how hilarious all of those episodes were, right? Clearly, the bar has been set at an ankle-grazing height, and a few current cast members decided to chime in with their thoughts on this objectively dumb idea. First was Bowen Yang, who took his feelings to not one, but two Instagram Stories.
dying at bowen yang's instagram stories after snl announced elon musk is hosting pic.twitter.com/6VVQ47frkR
— megan (@chaoticmlkhotel) April 25, 2021
The Wrap reports that Bowen quickly deleted both of his Instagram Stories. Joining him in the IG-and-delete club was longtime cast member Aidy Bryant, who chose to express her feelings with a tweet from Bernie Sanders about the absolutely gross income inequality in the US. She didn’t call out Elon by name, but it’s pretty obvious who she’s talking about, considering Elon is a wealth-hoarder whose net worth has only grown exponentially during the past thirteen months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aidy deleted her Instagram Story, which might be a sign that she and Bowen just happened to have some regrets about posting, or maybe they were called into the Studio 8H punishment room, and forced into an 8-hour reeducation session, where they watched nothing but the More Cowbell sketch until they mentally broke.
— abby (@abbymorr11) April 24, 2021
Both Bowen and Aidy are right. Haven’t we learned anything? Elon himself proved that nothing good ever comes from Elon being around comedians! And I fully trust Bowen’s initial response to this news, no matter how hasty he might have been when he posted that IG story. One of Bowen’s most iconic characters has been the iceberg that sank the Titanic. It’s pretty clear he knows a disaster when he sees one.
POV you’re the iceberg that sunk the Titanic pic.twitter.com/AeQZlHejqZ
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 11, 2021