Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a ‘surprise’ appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” joking with the actor Jesse Eisenberg, who played him in “The Social Network.”
Then there was cast member Andy Samberg, who was portraying Mark Zuckerberg in the show’s opening number. Then there was the real Mark Zuckerberg, who joined Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Samberg on stage.
“Those guys are such nerds – I invented poking,” Zuckerberg said backstage with Lorne Michaels, executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” while watching Eisenberg and Samberg on a monitor. When asked how he liked “The Social Network,” Mark called it “interesting.”
Zuckerberg’s brief appearance was a genius – and surprise – turn. Zuckerberg handled himself well, particularly since the Facebook guru wasn’t exactly wild about “The Social Network” and had never met Eisenberg. As the rumors suggested, the goal was to show Zuckerberg’s sense of humor, and he did an excellent job, appearing to have a great time in the spotlight at NBC’s Studio 8H in New York.
Zuckerberg showed up three times on the show — a brief backstage bit with Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the on-stage shtick with Eisenberg and Samberg (see the video above,) and the obligatory “Saturday Night Live” goodbye waltz, where Zuckerberg gave Eisenberg “a seemingly heartfelt hug to show all was forgiven.” (see it below) [Video courtesy of NBC via Mashable]