Chloe Fineman has proved to be one of the best players in the new generation of “Saturday Night Live” cast members. Her zany talkshow host Ooli, a character she originated on her Instagram years prior to “SNL” as a comedian, is no exception. In Saturday night’s new episode of “SNL,” hosted by Tesla CEO and self-described “Technoking” of Tesla Elon Musk, “The Ooli Show” was joined by Frances McDormand (as played by Kate McKinnon, who has done this impression before) and Steve Buscemi (as played by a well-cast, shrugging Pete Davidson). Watch the clip below.
Also joining McKinnon as McDormand and Davidson as Buscemi are Melissa Villaseñor as Icelandic singing sensation Björk, and Musk as Ooli’s interrupting producer.
Musk’s appearance as emcee of the show generated plenty of controversy prior to the night’s episode, including amongst the show’s own cast members.
Recent “Saturday Night Live” breakout star Bowen Yang was decidedly not shy about his feelings. As shared via an Instagram story, he reacted to the announcement of Musk’s casting with a disappointed, frowning emoji. He was then emboldened to post commentary over Musk’s tweet of “Let’s find out just how live ‘Saturday Night Live’ really is” that asked, “What the fuck does this even mean.”
Fellow cast member Andrew Dismukes, also a writer on “SNL” since 2017, posted on his Instagram: “ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKETCH WITH IS CHER-E OTERI” alongside a photo of former “SNL” star Cheri Oteri.
Longtime “Saturday Night Live” player Aidy Bryant was arguably more subtle in her criticism, but definitely more political. She shared a quote from Bernie Sanders soon after the announcement: “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half… that is a moral obscenity.”
Though not a cast member, “Desus and Mero” writer Josh Gondelman was able to take a lighter approach: “Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making ‘that’s what she said’ jokes who think they’d be great at hosting SNL,” Gondelman tweeted.
“Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che was more intrigued than anyone else, saying, “It’s kind of polarizing and stuff. To me, it makes it exciting, I mean, everybody wants to watch now, so that’s cool.”
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