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Social Media Gets Last Laugh When Zuckerberg Satirized Himself On SNL

Rumors abound, whether or not Lorne Michaels will be successful in luring Mark Zuckerberg to his SNL TV show January 29, when Jesse Eisenberg is scheduled to appear as host.  With all the bad blood that has passed between Team Zuckerberg and the producers of 'The Social Network' movie, fans of both the network and the flick are wondering if the FB founder will be 'man enough' to show the world he can laugh at himself.

Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerTina Fey & Amy PoehlerSimilar to walk-ons by Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton coinciding with their doppelgänger counterparts portrayed by comediennes Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler - it is hoped that Mark Zuckerberg will appear in a cameo - while Eisenberg who played him in the movie and Andy Samberg who has imitated him in previous SNL sketches - collectively would show up on the stage together.

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According to the NY Post, with Eisenberg as guest host, sources indicated that Zuckerberg - who previously complained that he was misrepresented in the movie - has shown some interest in making a guest appearance on the show - if for no other reason, than to show the world he has a sense of humor.

Critics believe it would be a major coup for the movie producers, writer and actors, who would like to see 'The Social Network' receive this year's best movie Oscar nod on February 27. Zuckerberg has rebuffed commenting to the media whether or not he feels the movie is worthy of an Oscar. (see "Social Media As New Movie Genre May Take Home Oscar Gold").

At the time of this post, both Team Zuckerberg and Lorne Michaels have declined to comment - but a source said, "(the SNL producers) add and throw things out right up to the broadcast, so nothing is guaranteed."

With Zuckerberg's image badly in need of a make-over to counter some of the negative plot-lines in the movie, his public relations team has worked hard to represent him as a corporate leader and philanthropist donating $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey School System. The announcement received a ton of publicity when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show together with NJ Governor Chris Christie and the city's mayor. In this scene from the graphic novel "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," the book satirizes the generous gift as a means for Zuckerberg (aka Z-Man) to compete with China for Internet dominance.

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As far as guest spots on TV shows, Zuckerberg has already cut his teeth on one very popular situation comedy - The Simpsons. However, appearing in person, versus lending your voice to an animated cartoon is something else entirely.

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To the press and news outlets, Zuckerberg has always appeared as a thought leader who was proud of geekiness, and while self-effacement humor would add a welcome wrinkle to his public persona, I'm not sure if he has the chutzpah to pull it off on a national stage like SNL. In this scene from the graphic novel, Zuckerberg is not at all pleased with how comedian pundit Stephen Colbert portrayed him at last year's "March to Keep Fear Alive Rally" in DC.

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However, if one really wanted to confirm whether or not the Time Magazine Person of the Year will actually show up on SNL, all they would have to do is check the flight manifest records of all planes departing from the Silicon Valley to NYC - to see if he actually bought a ticket. I'm surprised TMZ or one of the entertainment news shows hasn't already scoped out that possibility!

UPDATE: January 29, 2011 - 11:35 PM - Prediction was spot-on!!!

Comments
Jan 29, 2011
by Anonymous

Who would want to see that

Who would want to see that guy on TV?