Actor Sterling K. Brown is set to host a March episode of Saturday Night Live this season.
Saturday Night Live is one of the longest running programs on television and in its 43rd season continues to go strong. The late night sketch comedy show is in the midst of yet another resurgence, due largely to the polarizing political climate that was created with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016.
This season there have been several notable guest hosts, ranging from Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot to Chance the Rapper, who have all made memorable appearances while series regulars like Kate McKinnon and Michael Che continue to reinvigorate the show. SNL creator Lorne Michaels has kept the program on the airwaves for five decades by always having his finger on the pulse of pop and political culture and this season is no exception.
The full roster of guest hosts for a season is rarely finalized in advance, so part of the fun of being a fan is finding out which pop culture icon will be leading the show next. According to TVLine, Michaels has secured his second host for the month of March with Black Panther’s Sterling K. Brown. The actor has been scheduled as the host for the March 10th episode of Saturday Night Live and will be joined by musical guest James Bay, who will also be making his first appearance on the show.
Brown has been riding a huge wave of success after bursting into the popular consciousness with his scene stealing role as former Los Angeles county prosecutor Christopher Darden in American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson, where he garnered award consideration. However, it’s his role as Randall Pearson in the NBC dramedy, This Is Us, that has solidified the actor’s growing stardom with a win as best actor in both the Golden Globes and the Emmys. The actor can also be found on the big screen where he has a crucial role in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Black Panther, as N’Jobu, the brother of the Wakandan king T’Chaka.
While Brown has proven to be an actor of immense dramatic gravitas on both the big and small screen, it’s still unclear if the thespian has the comedic chops and timing to make a memorable SNL host. The preceding week’s guest host Charles Barkley – along with musical guest Migos – should be evidence that you don’t need trophies in acting to get the gig. However, it should be interesting to see if there are actual boundaries to Brown’s acting range.
Sterling K. Brown can be seen on the March 10th episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC.
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