Love him or hate him, billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared as the special guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL) last night, where, among other things, he played Wario in a sketch about the murder trial of Mario. It involves a sorrowful witness Luigi recounting how Wario iced Mario with a banana peel during some innocent go-karting, followed by some twists.
On paper, it sounds like there’s some comedy value there. In practice, it’s a painfully unfunny waste of nearly six minutes, with Elon Musk utterly incapable of being funny as Wario and most of the SNL jokes depending on “funny” Italian accents, even when a character having that accent doesn’t make sense. Then there’s the usual “haha mushrooms are drugs” joke, followed by some cheating accusations, and it’s just the usual bundle of crap comedy I would expect from SNL.
Credit where it’s due, making an extremely wealthy man like Elon Musk Wario is a pretty amusing angle — but when SNL chooses to fill the sketch with dick jokes instead of, like, actual comedy writing, it’s a wasted opportunity to be sure.