During his monologue, the actor poked fun at his hit NBC show This Is Us by breaking down in tears in between jokes. SNL castmember Leslie Jones joined him onstage and also brought the waterworks.
The episode further made fun of This Is Us with a commercial for a show called “This Is U.S.,” a dramatic series about the current state of politics in the country. “A drama so unnerving, you can’t look away,” the narrator declared in a dramatic voice over clips of Jared Kushner and Sarah Huckabee Sanders impressions. “Like This Is Us, but without the parts that feel good.”
In another sketch, Brown played a superfan of the movie Shrek, who vehemently defended his favorite film against the Oscar-winning animated pic Coco.
SNL castmembers Alex Moffat and Mikey Day reprised their impressions of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. on “Weekend Update.” But the big surprise of the segment was the subtle return of former castmember Vanessa Bayer, who reprised her tongue-tied character Dawn Lazarus.
Brown also participated in a Black Panther sketch in which SNL‘s Kenan Thompson played one of T’Challa’s distant uncles who didn’t quite fit into the royal bloodline, with the skit weaving in a lot of in-jokes about the movie.
In another sketch, Brown played a doctor incredulous about how much sex his patient, played by castmember Beck Bennett, has with his girlfriend.
And one of the final sketches of the night hinged entirely on “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback, with Brown belting out a pretty accurate Chad Kroeger impression.