We didn’t know what to expect when “Saturday Night Live” announced Elon Musk would host its May 8 episode. But as far as his opening monologue went and throughout the episode, he proved quite the comedian.
“I know I sometimes say or post strange things but that’s just how my brain works,” he said, referring to his confounding social media presence. “To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”
“I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift,” his mother said. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”
He quipped back: “It is. It sure is.”
Musk also spoke about his child. He has been dating singer Grimes (real name Claire Boucher), who now goes by “c,” since 2018. The two welcomed a baby boy last year and named him “X Æ A-Xii.” Musk joked during the monologue his baby’s name was pronounced “cat running across keyboard.”
Grimes and Musk made headlines after announcing the birth of their son, and his unusual name, on Twitter last May. A day later, Grimes tweeted a full breakdown of the name choice:
“•X, the unknown variable
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent
+ (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat)”
This week’s “SNL” was livestreamed internationally on YouTube for the first time ever, in more than 100 countries such as Australia, Mexico, Russia, the U.K. and more.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Charles Trepany