Quinta Brunson Sets Her “Saturday Night Live” Hosting Debut

Quinta Brunson in June 2022
Quinta Brunson at Time Celebrates the 100 Most Influential People in the World in June 2022. Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/Shutterstock (12977756mg)

Quinta Brunson has been making us laugh for two seasons of Abbott Elementary, and she’s getting ready to lead another hit comedy show. The Emmy-winning actress and writer will make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live on April 1.

Brunson’s hosting gig was announced during the most recent episode of SNL, hosted by the Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega. She’s fresh off Abbott Elementary’s awards season success, having won Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her lead performance, in addition to the SAG Award for the best ensemble in the comedy series with the rest of the cast.

Brunson will cast the April 1 show alongside the musical guest Lil Yachty, but the episode will be overshadowed by the drama brewing behind the scenes. Around 20 of the show’s post-production editors have threatened to strike over pay and benefits and announced a walk-out on April 1.

Saturday Night Live is currently well into its 48th season, and Brunson will host the show’s 16th episode. Miles Teller hosted the first show of the season on October 1, and he was followed by the likes of Brendan Gleeson, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Pedro Pascal, Michael B. Jordan, Aubrey Plaza, Austin Butler, and Steve Martin & Martin Short.