Musk is doing his own share of needling too.
Four Saturday Night Live cast members and writers have publicly made comments about the decision to put Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the weekly live comedy sketch show. His guest appearance was announced earlier this week with Miley Cyrus as the musical number. Musk has been tweeting about the appearance, recently saying "Let's find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is," with a purple devil emoji.
New cast member Bowen Yang was one of the doubters. He reacted to the tweet with an Instagram story, a frowny face and a "what the f--- does that even mean?" comment. Andrew Dismukes, another cast member, put a picture of old SNL cast member Cheri Oteri with the line "the only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri."
Aidy Bryant, one of the funniest on the show, shared a tweet from Bernie Sanders where the presidential candidate criticized the wealth inequality in the country. Sanders said "the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 million Americans." Bryant didn't name check the tech CEO, but the message was clear. Sudi Green, a writer, shared the same post.
We don't know what Musk might do on NBC at 11:30 pm, Saturday, May 8. Like Twitter where he posts most often, Musk doesn't have an edit button. In previous public appearances, he's teased rival automakers, smoked weed on Joe Rogan's podcast, and called out foreign city's civil workers for being pedophiles. Who knows what he'll say next Saturday?
Also, Musk just doesn't seem like he'd be a good fit for SNL. He doesn't seem at ease with himself in public, though going off script won't be a problem. We also wonder what Tesla's volatile stock price might do if Musk says or does something controversial.
One thing we missed from those SNL Instagram stories were any thoughts on Tesla's most recent news hit, when a Model S hit a tree in a neighborhood, killing both passengers. And it looked like no one was in the driver's seat, according to police. We don't see any way that can be brought up tastefully, nor his early pandemic tweets, so we're assuming he stays away from both of those. We're guessing a few sketches on space travel, maybe something about Mars, and probably something about his cryptocurrency fetish. But dammit, we'll be watching.