Elon Musk may not reach people as a natural comedian, but he isSaturday when he is and cast the traditional opening monologue. After an unusually cold open when Miley Cyrus sang and SNL characters joked with their mom on Moms Day, the CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX stepped on the plate.
Dressed entirely in black, he told a friendly audience that he was the first SNL host with Asperger’s syndrome, “or at least recognized for the first time.” Dan Aykroyd, who was a guest in 2003 long after he left the cast, also has Asperger Syndrome.
Asperger’s syndrome, or AS, is one of a group of neurological disorders known as the autism spectrum disorder. AS is kept at the slight end of the spectrum. As the CNET sister site, Healthline, notes, people with AS often have difficulty interacting socially, exhibit repetitive behaviors, persevere with their opinions, and focus on rules and routines. Often, those who are diagnosed with the disorder have normal or higher intelligence.
In keeping with the Mother’s Day theme, Musk brought out his mother, the Maye Musk model.
“I’m excited about my mothers day gift, I just hope it’s not Dogecoin,” Maye told Musk’s son. Elon Musk is clearly visiblehe even called himself “Dog Dad.”
“It is,” he replied.
The billionaire businessman’s monologue didn’t ignore many of the things that made pop culture famous outside of his business, joking about howone of his best jokes focused on the unusual name of his son. Musk and musician Grimes X called The 12 12, which Musk joked, “the pronunciation is ‘the cat running through the keyboard.'” (Musk really says that , He told.)
“Look, I know I say or post weird things sometimes, but that’s how my brain works,” he said. “To anyone I offended, I just want to tell you that I reinvented electric cars and sent people to Mars by rocket ship. Did you think I’d be a cold, normal dude too?”
Musk also joked with former SNL hosts, mentioning NFL star OJ Simpson, saying he “killed.” Yes, but yes, Simpson was still a host in 1978, long before his infamous murder trial.
Musk touched him too, pointing to a tweet where “69 days after 4/20 again haha.”
“I don’t know, I thought it was funny,” he said. “That’s why I wrote the word ‘haha’ at the end.”