Read the full transcript of his monologue and his mother’s appearance:
It’s an honour to be hosting Saturday Night Live. I mean that, sometimes after I say something I have to say, “I mean that.” Some people rarely know what I mean, that’s because I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak, which I’m told makes for great comedy.
I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Aspergers to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it. So I’ll make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But already I’m pretty good at running human and emulation mode.
I’d first like to share with you my vision for the future. I believe in a renewable energy future. I believe that humanity must become a multi-planetary spacefaring civilization. Those seem like exciting goals don’t they.
I think if I just posted that on Twitter, I’d be fine. But I also write things like “69 days after 4/20 again haha.” I don’t know, I thought it was funny. That’s why I wrote haha at the end.
Look, I know I say or post strange things but that’s just how my brain works. To anyone I have offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill normal dude?
A lot of times people are reduced to the dumbest thing they ever did. Like one time I smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast and now, all time I hear, ‘Elon Musk, all he ever does is smoke weed on podcasts.’ Like I go from podcast to podcast, lighting up joints. It happened once.
It’s like reducing OJ Simpson to a murderer. It was one time. Fun fact, OJ also hosted the show in ’79. And again, in ’96 times. Killed both times.
One reason I’ve always loved SNL is that it’s genuinely live. A lot of people don’t realize that. We’re actually live right now, which means I could say something truly shocking… Like I drive a Prius.
SNL is also a great way to learn something new about the host. For example, this is my son’s name. It’s pronounced: Cat running across the keyboard.
Another thing people want to know is, what was it like as a kid? The answer is pretty much the same as now, but smaller. But we also asked my mother who’s here tonight.
[Musk’s mother walks onto the stage]
Her name is May, like the month, but with an E at the end.
Musk’s mother: Thanks for spelling my name, Elon
Mom, Do you remember when I was 12 and I created my own video game called Glastar about a spaceship that battles aliens?
[Musk’s mother] I do. I remember they paid you $500, but you were too young to open a bank account so I had to open one for you.
That’s right. Whatever happened to that bank account.
[Musk’s mother] That’s not important. You turned that video game about space into reality.
Unless you consider that reality might be a video game and we’re all just computer simulations being played by a teenager in another planet.
[Musk’s mother] That’s great Elon. Well, break a leg tonight. I love you very much.
I love you too mom.
[Musk’s mother] And I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift. I just hope it’s not dogecoin.
It is. We’ve got a great show for you tonight. Miley Cyrus is here. So stick around we’ll be right back.