Elon Musk Calls Dogecoin ‘A Hustle’ On A Painfully Awkward SNL
The man who once likened himself as a “real-life Tony Stark,” made another in a series of questionable decisions when he agreed to host a live sketch comedy show. Online, the furor surrounding this episode was only strengthened as cryptocurrency enthusiasts saw a chance to have their obsession shared with a mainstream network TV audience. Instead, Elon Musk hosted SNL with a series of awkward appearances, including a sketch where he called Dogecoin a hustle. This is probably not the outcome that anyone hoped for, especially since this was the first time SNL live-streamed their broadcast to international audiences via YouTube.
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The show was not without its bright spots. Musical guest Miley Cyrus delivered in all three appearances. She performed two songs during the show’s usual musical number segments. Also, the cold open of the show was a musical performance featuring Cyrus and a number of SNL castmembers and their mothers. The earnest cold opens are hit-or-miss (mostly “miss”), but this one was the pinnacle of the episode. There was also a sketch sending up the prominent Pennsylvania accents in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, but I am a sucker for PA accent-based humor.
Still, what was sold as a big night for SNL, Dogecoin, and Elon Musk himself was a hustle on all of us. Musk had almost zero stage-presence, and the sketches took some big swings that, at least according to Twitter, failed to land. Similarly, the price of the cryptocurrency (that started as a joke) began to plummet during the show. Whether the price continues to fall or goes back up, the future will let everyone know. Even the seasoned players on the cast couldn’t help Musk, who is not an entertainer, clamber his way through sketch after sketch.
Watch Elon Musk discussing Dogecoin via Reddit:
You can watch Musk’s SNL on Hulu or Peacock if you want to see for yourself.
What do you think? Ultimately, the stunt worked because people are talking about the show, Musk, and even the meme currency. Share your thoughts in the comments below, especially if you enjoyed it. Also, if you need a comedy palate cleanser, there’s always the SNL parody of Joker.
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