As one esteemed member of the This Is Us casting ensemble, star Sterling K. Brown is partly responsible for one of the most emotionally draining hours of TV each week. He'll soon be inspiring many more laughs than tears, though, as the Emmy-winning actor has been tapped to take on hosting duties for an upcoming Season 43 installment of Saturday Night Live.
As most TV fans can attest to, Sterling K. Brown is endlessly watchable when he's on the stage (any stage), and we can't imagine his first trip to the Saturday Night Live spotlight will do anything to overhaul that opinion. Brown is set to be SNL's guiding light for its March 10 episode, and it won't just be a big synergetic NBC promotion for This Is Us, since millions of people have seen him grace the big screen as N'Jobu in Ryan Coogler's mega-blockbuster Black Panther. I would bet any amount of money that viewers will get to see both a Marvel-based parody and a sketch poking fun at This Is Us' impact on pop culture.
This Is Us is one of TV's biggest dramas, and its heavily promoted post-Super Bowl episode earned some gargantuan ratings, cementing Sterling K. Brown's position as one of the small screen's most familiar faces. (He's also the show's best crier, according to Mandy Moore.) Of course, he'd already won over audiences with his award-winning work on The People v. O.J. Simpson, as well as Army Wives, but the role of Randall Pearson is definitely his biggest break yet. And on SNL, we'll get to see more of that comedic side that's occasionally shows up on This Is Us, usually through silly songs.
Joining Sterling K. Brown as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live's March 10 episode will be the English singer-songwriter James Bay. The multi-platinum musician will also be making his SNL debut, and he'll be promoting his latest single, "Wild Love," which will be included on an upcoming album.
It was also announce that SNL vet Bill Hader will return to the stage to front the March 17 episode, marking his second excursion as guest host. He'll be promoting his upcoming HBO hit man comedy Barry, which he created, produces, writes and stars in. The popular rock band Arcade Fire will make their fourth trip to SNL for that episode.
Remember to watch Sterling K. Brown's SNL debut on NBC on Saturday, March 10, and check our updated rundown of Saturday Night Live guest hosts to see who's on the way. (Charles Barkley is next!) While waiting, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what other new and returning shows will arrive soon.