Elon Musk brainstormed ‘SNL’ skit ideas on Twitter, including ‘Woke’ James Bond and ‘Irony Man’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Saturday posted possible “SNL” sketches, including “Irony Man.”
  • Musk will host the May 8 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Some cast members have raised concerns about the controversial billionaire’s hosting gig.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Saturday sought help with his upcoming “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, asking the public for sketch ideas.

“Throwing out some skit ideas for SNL. What should I do?” Musk said on Twitter.

NBC’s announcement in late April that Musk would host the May 8 episode of the long-running, late-night comedy show has proven to be polarizing.

Some cast members took to social media to express concern about appearing alongside the controversial billionaire, who also founded SpaceX. A few posts were deleted after being picked up by the media. On Saturday, Page Six reported that cast members could opt out of the episode.

Musk on Saturday offered a few of his own sketch ideas, with a focus on business, cryptocurrency, and international intrigue.

His ideas included “Woke James Bond” and “Irony Man.” The latter “defeats villians using the power of irony,” he wrote.

The entrepreneur also suggested “Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank.”

Another Twitter user suggested “The Dogefather,” perhaps a mashup of Dogecoin and “The Godfather.” “Definitely,” Musk replied.

“SNL” courted controversy in 2015 by inviting presidential candidate Donald Trump to host, which brought in the show’s highest ratings in years.

The sketch comedy show has aired since 1975 on NBC. Comcast bought NBC Universal in 2011. Last year, it launched its own streaming service, Peacock. Its Q1 earnings report last week said Peacock had 42 million subscribers.

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Comcast’s Peacock faces new tests from advertisers, viewers

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising. I’m Lucia Moses, deputy editor here.

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First, senior reporter Lauren Johnson is hosting a webinar about how advertisers can navigate the death of third-party cookies on April 22 with execs from The Trade Desk, Mars, The Washington Post, and R/GA. Sign up here.

What we’re following this week:

Peacock’s big test

Recess takes on PepsiCo

Playboy’s NFT

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Peacock’s big test

Claire Atkinson took the temperature on Comcast’s streaming venture Peacock, which is facing more competition for viewers and advertisers as it enters year two.

Peacock is key to NBCUniversal’s effort to keep TV dollars as viewers shift online – and to Comcast’s plan to grow broadband customers by offering them a freebie.

From Claire’s story:

As Peacock nears its first birthday, NBCUniversal’s streamer is facing fresh challenges – and doubts.

Peacock has delivered in its first year, providing average active user guarantees to launch partners like Target, Capital One, State Farm, and Verizon.

“Peacock has definitely met or exceeded expectations,” Horizon Media’s co-chief investment officer David Campanelli told Insider. “They are outperforming their average active user estimates, which is good to see, and content has been high quality as expected.”

But as NBCUniversal enters one of the most transformational upfront negotiating periods in years, advertisers are ready to cite Peacock’s growing competition to squeeze out better prices, narrower targeting, and more data from the ratings-free black box that is streaming.

Read the rest here: Comcast’s Peacock is facing a tough test as competition heats up and advertisers seek more viewer data

Recess products

Recess takes on PepsiCo

Recess got its start making CBD beverages meant to help its buyers relax. Now it’s betting on another calming ingredient, with magnesium-based beverages, Alex Bitter reports.

It’s a way for Recess to grow without waiting for the federal government to rule on CBD – and capitalize on the success of CPG giants like PepsiCo and Danone have had with similar products.

CBD lacks regulation at the federal level, which effectively bans CBD brands from key national retailers.

But while magnesium is recognized as safe, the science connecting it with reducing anxiety is less solid.

Read the rest here: Recess scored a hit with its millennial pastel-hued CBD seltzer. Now its CEO is challenging PepsiCo with a move into magnesium-infused ‘relaxation beverages.’

Former playboy model Esté Swanepoel holding an mosaic framed picture of the iconic bunny at the Playboy publishing gala event
Former playboy model Esté Swanepoel holding an mosaic framed picture of the iconic bunny at the Playboy publishing gala event

Playboy’s NFT

Playboy is joining the growing list of media organizations launching non-fungible tokens, in this case to showcase its art and photography archive and to release original works from artists, Kari McMahon reports.

If that doesn’t jibe with your image of Playboy, consider Playboy’s roots. “In the first issue of Playboy magazine, there’s this line, ‘Picasso, jazz, Nietzsche, and sex, those are the four ideal conversation topics for any sophisticated person’,” said Rachel Webber, Playboy’s chief brand officer and president of corporate strategy. “Right in the core of Playboy’s DNA is appreciation for art and for great artists.”

Other things you might not know about the more woke Playboy today: It’s no longer associated with the Hefners. The magazine said in 2019 it would predominantly hire women photographers to shoot Playmates and that it would have intimacy coordinators on set.

Read the rest here: Playboy is the latest company to hop on the NFT trend. The company’s chief brand officer explains why the digital asset revolution is ‘an enormous business opportunity’.

Other stories we’re reading:

Thanks for reading, and see you next week. And remember you can sign up for this newsletter here.

– Lucia

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Peacock offers free and premium plans with tons of NBC shows, including ‘The Office’ – here’s how to sign up

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Peacock is a new streaming service from NBCUniversal.

  • Peacock is a streaming service featuring NBCUniversal TV shows, movies, sports, and news.
  • The base plan is ad-supported so you can watch most of the catalog for free with commercials.
  • Peacock Premium ($5/month) has even more content, and Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month) is ad-free.

Peacock is the on-demand subscription home for NBCUniversal movies and shows, making it the only place to stream hit series like “The Office.” Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, launched free and premium versions of Peacock in July 2020.

Peacock’s rotating library is full of classic Universal movies, including franchises like “Jurassic Park” and “Fast & Furious.” The “Harry Potter” movies are also available on a rotating basis.

The service has brokered deals for new original series produced by Tina Fey and Kevin Hart, as well as rights to stream classic shows like “Law & Order” and “Will and Grace.” A new original series adapting the book “Brave New World” is also available, along with original films, like “Psych 2,” and exclusive documentaries, like Dale Earnhardt Jr’s “Lost Speedways.”

As live sporting events resume in 2021, Peacock will broadcast the Premier League and the 2021 Olympics. The service will also be the exclusive home of WWE Network shows and events starting March 18. A number of popular sports radio shows, including “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Rich Eisen Show,” and “PFT Live with Mike Florio” are streaming exclusively on Peacock, too.

With Peacock now available for everyone nationwide, we’ve broken down some of the basics, including full details on pricing, plans, content, and supported devices.

What is Peacock?

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Peacock launched nationwide on July 15.

Peacock is a streaming service created by NBCUniversal with three subscription plans: Free, Premium, and Premium Plus. The platform offers a collection of TV shows, movies,  and original series, along with live sports and news updates. 

Content can be viewed via an on-demand library or via special streaming channels broken down by genres and franchises.

Peacock’s catalog includes a mix of new and classic NBC shows, like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Office,” and Universal films. Peacock original programs will also be offered to premium subscribers.

For detailed impressions, you can read our Peacock review here.

When can I sign up for Peacock?

Peacock launched nationwide on July 15, 2020. You can sign up for a Free, Premium, or Premium Plus subscription right now through the Peacock website. Premium and Premium Plus plans both come with a free seven-day trial for new members.

Where can I watch Peacock?

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Peacock Premium gives you early access to late night shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

Peacock’s streaming app is available on Vizio and LG smart TVs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices, Roku, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Chromecast, Xfinity, and Flex devices. The service is also available through its official website. You can browse a full list of supported devices here.

Unfortunately, Fire TV products are still missing official support for the Peacock app.

Is Peacock free?

The base version of Peacock is free, but there are commercials. Peacock promises more than 7,500 hours worth of movies and TV with the free version of Peacock, but you can get access to twice as much content by upgrading to a Peacock Premium plan.

Though Peacock Premium usually requires a subscription fee, if you’re an Xfinity X1 or Flex customer you can access Peacock Premium for free by searching for the app on your Comcast device and entering your email. 

How much does Peacock Premium cost?

Peacock Premium costs $5 per month or $50 per year. However, Peacock Premium still has commercials. If you want to watch without ads, you need to upgrade to the Peacock Premium Plus ad-free plan for $10 per month or $100 per year.

The Peacock Premium catalog includes new original series, gives subscribers access to exclusive content from NBC shows, and lets you watch ongoing series, like “Saturday Night Live,” the day after they air on TV.

Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus plans both come with a free seven-day trial for new subscribers. If you already subscribe to Xfinity internet or cable you get Peacock Premium for free with your current subscription. 

What shows and movies are on Peacock?

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Universal films like “Jurassic World” are available through Peacock on a rotating basis.

Peacock features more than 15,000 hours worth of TV and movies, though you’ll need a Premium subscription to access the full catalog. NBCUniversal says about half of the catalog, more than 7,500 hours worth, is available for free.

You can stream classic NBC shows, like “The Office,” “Law & Order,” “30 Rock,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Saturday Night Live.” Peacock Premium users can access new episodes of ongoing NBC shows the day after they air. Daily broadcasts from NBC News and MSNBC also stream on Peacock, and subscribers can access past documentaries and “Dateline” investigations.

Universal film franchises, like “Fast & Furious,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Bourne Trilogy,” are part of the rotating catalog, along with classic movies like “E.T.,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Lost in Translation.” The “Harry Potter” series is also part of Peacock’s rotating library. Peacock’s movie selection isn’t permanent, however, so some titles may be removed or added back from time to time. 

Peacock Premium subscribers will also be able to watch new original shows, including a new Tina Fey-produced series called “Girls5Eva,” as well as a new comedy special and an interview show from comedian Kevin Hart .

Peacock even includes exclusive children’s content with new episodes of shows like “Curious George,” “Where’s Waldo,” and “Cleopatra in Space.” Universal kids films, like “Shrek”, “Despicable Me,” and “Trolls World Tour,” will also be part of the Peacock library.

Peacock features live sports for free, including matches from the Premier League and the PGA Tour’s US Open. “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Rich Eisen Show,”and “PFT Live with Mike Florio” also stream exclusively on Peacock. Starting March 18, wrestling fans will be able to watch WWE Network shows and PPV events as part of a Premium or Premium Plus membership.

Though the platform’s launch was meant to coincide with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the Summer Games until 2021. Instead, Peacock has offered past Olympic highlights and exclusive interviews with Olympic athletes.

For more streaming coverage, be sure to check out our guides to the best streaming services and the best streaming sticks and devices.

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