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Elon Musk to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in May

The Tesla and SpaceX founder is the show’s most outside-the-box host since Donald Trump.
 
In this 2019 photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk will host 'Saturday Night Live' on May 8, the show announced on Twitter.
In this 2019 photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk will host 'Saturday Night Live' on May 8, the show announced on Twitter.
Published April 25, 2021|Updated April 25, 2021

You’re among the world’s richest men, and you’re at the forefront of space and transportation technology. What’s left to accomplish?

How about hosting Saturday Night Live?

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX and other future-tech companies, will host SNL on May 8 alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus. Both the show and Musk broke the news on Twitter Saturday.

“Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” Musk tweeted.

Musk is currently worth $177 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time billionaires tracker, which puts him about $17 billion behind Jeff Bezos on the richest-human list. Earlier this year, as shares of Tesla and Amazon rose and fell, Musk passed Bezos (and current No. 2 Bernard Arnault) for No. 1.

Musk isn’t the only wildly wealthy showbiz outsider to earn SNL hosting duties. Former President Donald Trump famously hosted the show twice, once in 2004 and again during his run for the White House in 2015. Another former Republican presidential candidate, billionaire Steve Forbes, hosted the show in 1995. And while he’s never hosted, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg did appear in the opening monologue alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who portrayed him in The Social Network.

In addition to being a prolific Twitter meme lord and occasional podcast guest, Musk does have a few notable comedy credits under his belt. He’s appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory and Iron Man 2, and voiced himself on The Simpsons and South Park.

If he flops on Saturday Night Live, Musk will just have to console himself with the $2.9 billion federal contract SpaceX just landed to build a spacecraft capable of taking people to the moon.