Josh Brolin's 'SNL' Debut: A Chilly Plunge Monologue

Josh Brolin dazzles in a daring 'SNL' return.

by Nouman Rasool
Josh Brolin's 'SNL' Debut: A Chilly Plunge Monologue
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In an electrifying return to "Saturday Night Live," Josh Brolin delivered a monologue that was anything but ordinary, stripping down to take a daring cold plunge, emblematic of the thrill and chill of hosting the iconic show.

Marking his third appearance as host, Brolin couldn't help but draw parallels between his long-standing practice of cold plunges and the unique rush of leading SNL's charge. "This is my third time hosting, and man, there's just nothing like it," Brolin enthused, highlighting the invigorating yet daunting experience akin to an icy immersion.

"Hosting is like jumping into an ice bath. It's scary; it's exhilarating, your penis is in your stomach, there's just no way to prepare for it. So, what you gotta do is just jump right in. Surrender to the discomfort!" Reflecting on the passage of time since his last stint on the NBC late-night staple—12 years to be exact—Brolin expressed a mix of nostalgia and amazement at how the show had evolved, yet remained reassuringly familiar.

"I've missed this place. So much has changed," he shared, noting the subtle shifts in the show's dynamic and his own experiences, including his encounters with musical guests who've since risen to global fame or, humorously, become "just someone that I used to know."

Pop Culture Musings

Moreover, Brolin took the opportunity to muse on the curious developments in popular culture since his previous hosting gigs, such as Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg's unexpected friendship and the meteoric rise of Cardi B's provocative hits.

He also reminded the audience of his role as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during that period, showcasing his versatility as an actor. In a poignant yet whimsical twist, Brolin recited a "creepy poem" dedicated to Timothée Chalamet, capturing the essence of the young actor's allure through evocative imagery and a touch of humor.

This creative expression served as a reminder of Brolin's multifaceted talent, seamlessly blending his prowess in both dramatic and comedic realms. Josh Brolin's SNL monologue was a masterful blend of humor, introspection, and raw vulnerability, capturing the essence of live performance's unpredictable thrill.

As he stood, metaphorically nak--, before the audience, Brolin exemplified the courage and authenticity that have defined his illustrious career, inviting viewers to embrace the discomfort and dive into the exhilarating world of live comedy.