© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk laughs after arriving on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Award in Berlin on December 1, 2020. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke / Pool / File Photo
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By Joseph White
DETROIT (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk dropped a surprise at the start of his much-anticipated twist as host of "Saturday Night Live," saying in his monologue that he is "the first with Asperger's" to host the show before leaving The first global livestream of the NBCUniversal Comedy Show goes through the skits.
Musk, one of the richest people in the world, opened his monologue by telling audiences in more than 100 countries that he was "the first with Asperger to host the SNL. At least the first to admit that." The billionaire made clear his tendency to speak monotonously, adding, "I'm pretty good at leading people in emulation mode."
Asperger's Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is associated with difficulty socializing and is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism.
Comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Dan Aykroyd has spoken in interviews about being diagnosed with a mild form of Asperger's. He hosted Saturday Night Live in 2003.
Many had wondered how Musk would treat himself during a live comedy show. The answer was that he and the show's writers tried to soften the rough edges of Musk's public figure. Musk gently poked fun at himself throughout the show, including his penchant for provocative tweets and the time he smoked a joint on a podcast.
"To anyone I've offended, I just want to say that I've reinvented electric cars and sent people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was a cool, normal guy?"
Musk's mother Maye took him on stage and the two joked about Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency that Musk was promoting. Cryptocurrency jokes popped up throughout the show. In one sketch, Musk was cast as a fly with cryptocurrency expert in the show's Weekend Update segment. Dogecoin and other digital currencies had seen prices spike before Musk's SNL appearance.
Dogecoin fell during the show and last fell about 12% to about $ 0.53 on late Friday. It hit a record high above $ 0.73 on Thursday.
The most compelling thing was playing a version of yourself as the head of SpaceX dealing with an emergency in a Mars colony. The crisis had a happy ending until it happened.
In the end, Musk will keep his day jobs. Still, the appearance of "Saturday Night Live" offered many synergies with his real appearances as "Technoking" and Chief Executive of Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc, head of the rocket launch company SpaceX and even head of the Boring Company, a tunneling company.
Musk garnered days of media attention prior to the show, sharing the spotlight with a prototype of Tesla's futuristic cybertruck that Tesla brought to Manhattan on Friday. The video of the giant, angular pickup truck roaming the streets of Manhattan has been blown up on social media.
During the show, a Tesla compressor made an incongruous cameo in a sketch in an old west salon. Musk played a gunslinger who had developed an electric horse and advocated tunneling through the earth to avoid a shootout.
Musk often boasts that Tesla doesn't spend billions on advertising like established automakers do. He doesn't have to as long as he has access to platforms like Twitter or Saturday Night Live.
Musk's looks also boosted NBCUniversal. The media company used Musk's worldwide fame – and the controversy surrounding his performance on a stage usually reserved for movie stars or professional comedians – to draw attention to the launch of the "Saturday Night Live" franchise that goes beyond the confines of broadcast television . The company announced that the show was broadcast live to more than 100 countries via Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc's YouTube on Saturday.