Ahead of his appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to pitch his “skit” ideas — and to crowdsource some more from his millions of followers.
“Throwing out some skit ideas for SNL. What should I do?” the 49-year-old billionaire tweeted Saturday.
He then followed up with a few other possible ideas, including: “Irony Man — defeats villains using the power of irony” and “Woke James Bond.” He also suggested a mash-up of “Baby Shark” and Shark Tank, “to form Baby Shark Tank.”
Musk, who is scheduled to host the sketch-comedy show on May 8, quickly received feedback from the internet, with his tweet drawing over 124,000 likes and 5,000 quote tweets as of Monday morning.
“First I’d call Em sketches,” SNL cast member Chris Redd fired back, alongside a laughing emoji.
Other users were more pointed with the CEO. “Play the tree that keeps smashing into Tesla’s on auto pilot,” tweeted @Dannyjokes.
American journalist Ashley Feinberg appeared to jokingly endorse Musk’s ideas, and “begged” SNL staff to let him act them out in the upcoming episode.
Canadian comedian Deven Green, best known for her satirical character Mrs. Betty Bowers, suggested a ‘skit’ for Musk that appeared to mimic the billionaire’s empty threat to move Tesla to Texas after being critical of California.
“How about a skit where a selfish billionaire has a tantrum and makes a showy to-do about moving his factory to another state, but that new state is so dysfunctional it has a third-world power grid and runs out of electricity to run his factories and cars?” she tweeted. “That would be hilarious.”
The initial announcement that Musk would be hosting SNLalso drew backlash from the internet — and from cast members themselves.
After the 49-year-old tweeted “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” last week, cast member Bowen Yang also took to his Instagram story to weigh in. “What the f**k does this even mean,” he wrote, alongside a screenshot of Musk’s tweet.
Another cast member Andrew Dismukes, who has also worked as a writer on SNL since 2017, posted a photo of former SNL star Cher Oteri to his Instagram with the caption: “ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKETCH WITH IS CHER-E OTERI”
Aidy Bryant, who has appeared on the show since 2012, shared a tweet from Senator Bernie which called America’s extreme wealth gap a “moral obscenity,” on her Instagram story.
“The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people,” Sanders tweeted in March. “Let me repeat that, because it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans.”
Despite not being a cast member for SNL, Josh Gondelman, a podcast host and writer for the comedy show Desus and Mero, also had something to say about the billionaire’s appearance on the show. “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,” he tweeted last week.
Musk was named the world’s richest person by Bloomberg earlier this year, with a net worth of almost US$200 billion in February. Page Six reports that SNL cast members who don’t want to appear alongside Musk this weekend will not be forced to.
“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” an unnamed source told the outlet. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels “won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do,” the source added.