If you’re Sterling K. Brown, its’s certainly good to be alive. The months encompassing the second half last year and what we’ve experienced so far in 2018 have been a non-stop ride accomplishments for the actor, best known for his award-winning role as Randall Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us drama.
After making history throughout the awards season—becoming the first black actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama as well as the first black actor to win a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor—he also made an appearance in the box-fice-shattering Black Panther film this year.
All his accomplishments culminated to his very first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, a rite passage for some our greatest entertainers, and he did not disappoint, calling on his tear-jerking allure as he delivered on an emotional opening monologue.
“It’s SNL, you know. I mean, how lucky am I to be here, and on top everything I’ve gotten to do in the last few years, it’s just like the icing on the cake,” Brown expressed, holding back tears before being met with a call to get it together from SNL star Leslie Jones.
Among the skits to which Sterling lent his chops were parodies This Is Us and Black Panther. We even got a hilarious sketch in which Sterling portrayed a disgruntled Shrek aficionado who took issue with the Oscar win the animated film Coco at this year’s ceremonies.
Check out his monologue and sketches below: