The entrepreneur and world’s richest man appeared on the sketch show last night and said he was making history as the first person to host with the neurodevelopmental disorder – ‘or at least the first person to admit it’.
‘It’s an honor to be hosting Saturday Night Live, I mean that,’ Elon said during his monologue.
‘Sometimes after I say something, I have to say I mean that so people really know I mean it. That’s because I’ve always had a lot of intonational variation when I speak, which I’ve been told makes for great comedy.’
He added: ‘I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it.’
Elon also referenced his son’s unusual name X Æ A-12 (pronounced X Ash A Twelve) during his monologue.
The businessman welcomed his son with partner Grimes last year, and Elon said the name was like a ‘cat running across the keyboard’.
The opening section of the show also saw him bring his mother onto the stage to talk about himself as a child, as well as saying that he ‘reinvented electric cars and is sending people to Mars on a rocket ship.’
Grimes also joined Elon on the programme, appearing in a Super Mario-themed skit together.
Elon’s booking on the show marked a real departure for the NBC programme. The last time a non-actor/comedian/musician/athlete hosted SNL was in 2015, when a pre-election Donald Trump took charge.
Saturday Night Live airs tomorrow night on NBC.
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