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Elon Musk’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosting gig gets positive reviews from surprised viewers

Elon Musk’s gig as this week’s “Saturday Night Live” visitor host drew some surprisingly positive reactions from viewers on Twitter.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder’s casting alternative introduced criticism from those that felt the present was celebrating a person for his exorbitant wealth in a time of revenue inequality. Rumors even circulated that forged members have been contemplating not showing within the episode with him.

However, when Musk took the stage on Saturday, backed by the star energy of his mom and girlfriend, many viewers have been pleasantly surprised by his comedy chops.

After a chilly open that included his mother in honor of Mother’s Day, Musk took his first stiff stab at appearing within the present’s first sketch, a mock cleaning soap known as “Gen Z Hospital,” enjoying a health care provider in a faux beard who delivered unhealthy information to a bunch of youths in their very own lingo.

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Viewers seemed surprised at how much they enjoyed Elon Musk's hosting gig on 'SNL.'

Viewers appeared surprised at how a lot they loved Elon Musk’s hosting gig on ‘SNL.’
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He had small roles in subsequent sketches. He performed one in all a celebration full of individuals out for the primary time after quarantine, and he did a German-ish accent in a bleached, spiked wig because the director of an Icelandic speak present.

And on “Weekend Update” he performed a personality near himself, donning a bow tie and glasses as a monetary analyst named Lloyd Ostertag, throwing an prolonged plug for Musk’s favored cryptocurrency dogecoin.

After the episode aired, a number of viewers took to Twitter to share that that they had loved the episode and located themselves entertained by the billionaire enterprise mogul’s hosting.

“@elonmusk nice job final evening on Saturday evening dwell! Nailed it! Congrats!” one user wrote.

“@nbcsnl #ElonMusk was truly 1 of the extra attention-grabbing visitor hosts in a very long time. #elon was humorous in spots. Needs to enunciate although. & his look confirmed how unhealthy #SNL writing normally is–dull & unoriginal. #ElonMuskSNL had a number of the higher moments this season. @NBC #NBC,” another user wrote.

“I believe @elonmusk is superior however after this, I’ve entire new degree of appreciation the person! I suppose I simply love seeing him be so human? After all, did you suppose he can be a chill, regular dude? 🤣 Loved it! Great job,” a third user wrote.

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“What an ideal @nbcsnl ! Thank you @elonmusk for displaying different aspects of your implausible persona,” another user wrote.

On Sunday morning, “Wario” was trending on Twitter after Musk appeared in a sketch because the antagonist from Nintendo’s “Super Mario” franchise, Wario, in a spoof courtroom drama. Many have been perplexed by the sketch, particularly with how a lot they favored the improbably odd character alternative for Musk.

“OMG I can not consider Elon Musk truly dressed up as Wario for an #SNL skit,” one fan of the “Wario” sketch wrote.

“We dwell in a actuality the place the richest man on the planet dressed up as Wario for dwell TV. @elonmusk #SNL #SNLmay8,” someone else wrote.

“I undoubtedly wasn’t prepared for Wario Elon #SNL,” another wrote

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Musk claimed he made historical past on the episode as the primary “SNL” host with Asperger syndrome – “at the very least the primary to confess it” – referring to a developmental dysfunction on the autism spectrum, and kidded that he is been instructed his lack of intonation “makes for nice comedy.”

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However, many identified that authentic “SNL” forged member Dan Aykroyd, who returned to host in 2003, has previously shared that he too was recognized with Asperger syndrome.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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