We had no doubt that Quinta Brunson would be an amazing Saturday Night Live host. Not only is she the creator and star of one of network TVs funniest comedies, Abbott Elementary, but Brunson has been making us laugh for years now. With her incredible performances in A Black Lady Sketch Show, viral memes, and her work on BuzzFeed Video, she will always hold a special place in the hearts of millennials and older Gen Z folk.
One sketch that landed particularly well was titled “Traffic Altercation.” The sketch starred Brunson and SNL cast member Mikey Day as the portrayed two drivers on a freeway. The sketch also featured appearances from cast members Chloe Fineman as Day’s teen daughter, and Ego Nwodim as Brusnon’s mother.
The sketch began with Day using huge, obnoxious hand gestures to signal to Brunson that she had cut him off in traffic. Then Brunson returns the favor, miming to Day, “Eat me.” Honestly, the best part of this sketch was watching Brunson and Day come up with ways to mime insults to each other, and they got pretty creative. A highlight was Brunson finding a way to mime “eat my butt” to Day.
As per usual, Ego Nwodim was a delightful (and hilarious) addition to the sketch. At one point, Brunson mimes, “you are a giant puss” to Day, in which Day responds by miming, “What would your mother say if she saw you do that?” To which Brunson responds (still miming) “My mom told me to do it!” To which Nwodim pops in from the backseat miming “You white devil!” Sometimes the smallest moments are the funniest moments.
We weren’t the only ones who loved this sketch—fans found “Traffic Altercation” to be one of the best of the season.
Brunson had many other stand out roles throughout Saturday’s episode, including playing a frustrated doctor delivering a baby, and a cocaine dealer who had to prove how “white” her cocaine is (which also gifted us with the iconic line, “This stuff here is so white, it takes its’ shoes and socks off on a plane.”)
We hope that Quinta Brunson gets to host again in the future, we could see her becoming a part of the five timers club (celebs who have hosted SNL five or more times) in no time!
Top image: Screen grab from “Traffic Altercation – SNL” from @SaturdayNightLive on YouTube