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Elon Musk Hosts SNL

Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus — how did he do?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk strikes a pose at a December 2020 awards ceremony in Germany. Source: Pool

Watching Elon Musk slouch his way through a stint hosting Saturday Night Live, I had one thought: Lorne Michaels, gentleman provocateur, has done it again.

Michaels, the sketch show's longtime executive producer and guru, does many things well. But his talent for poking the zeitgeist with attention-getting hosting choices may be one of his least appreciated talents – and his secret weapon for keeping SNL in the national conversation.

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