Elon Musk is about to strive his hand at comedy.
The SpaceX boss is internet hosting “Saturday Evening Dwell” this weekend, on a present that options Miley Cyrus because the musical visitor.
Musk appears fairly excited concerning the gig. He not too long ago requested his almost 53 million Twitter followers for sketch ideas and trotted out a couple of of his personal.
“Irony Man — defeats villains utilizing the ability of irony,” Musk tweeted on May 1. (Actor Robert Downey Jr. has mentioned he drew inspiration from Musk in shaping his portrayal of Tony Stark within the “Iron Man” movies, and the billionaire entrepreneur has a cameo in “Iron Man 2.”) “Child Shark & Shark Tank merge to kind Child Shark Tank,” Musk wrote in another tweet.
These ideas might not make it onto the present. However we should always anticipate some space-related sketches — one thing taking part in off Musk’s long-held dream of Mars colonization, maybe, or SpaceX’s upcoming launch of 4 non-public residents to orbit on the Inspiration4 mission.
The SNL look comes in the midst of a fairly good run for SpaceX. On April 23, the corporate launched its second contracted crewed mission to the Worldwide Area Station for NASA, and the astronauts who flew on SpaceX’s first operational flight to the orbiting lab got here all the way down to Earth on Could 2.
And simply yesterday (Could 5), a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship Mars rocket aced a high-altitude check flight for the primary time. The shiny silver automobile, often called SN15 (“Serial No. 15”), flew 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) into the South Texas skies and got here down for a tender touchdown — one thing that its 4 rapid predecessors had failed to realize. (A kind of earlier automobiles, SN10, landed in a single piece however exploded a number of minutes later.)
Musk has a longstanding curiosity in comedy. For instance, he reportedly as soon as wanted to buy The Onion, one of many longest-running and most commemorated satirical shops on the web. He additionally helped bankroll a rival comedy website referred to as Thud that was led by Onion alums however ended up backing out of the project.
Musk appears now to have soured on The Onion, which has put the billionaire in its satirical crosshairs a number of occasions. After a recent Onion slideshow joked that the South Africa-born Musk had gained his fortune through apartheid, Musk tweeted, “Disgrace on you, Onion. Because of this persons are switching to @TheBabylonBee!”
“Saturday Evening Dwell” hosted by Elon Musk will air on NBC on Could eight at 11:30 p.m. EDT.
Mike Wall is the creator of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a ebook concerning the seek for alien life. Observe him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Fb.