Quinta Brunson: Memes are a form of communication that shouldn’t be dismissed

I discovered Quinta Brunson years ago through her hilarious Buzzfeed videos and later watched her on A Black Lady Sketch Show. Quinta is hysterical and her face is hella expressive. Quinta’s expressive face led her to be one of the first people to be made into a meme. Quinta became the “He Got Money” meme, from a sketch that she did about a man who bought her popcorn and skittles at the movies. That became the inspiration for her new book, She Memes Well. Quinta was on Seth Myers’ show this week. She said that she keeps her family from watching her shows and reading her books. Quinta also hilariously recalled how she got her name. She said that her mother was just too tired to even try and they decided to name her Quinta because she was the fifth and final child. Below are a few highlights from that:

On memes
Memes are a form of communication that shouldn’t be dismissed because it’s how an entire culture of people communicate. Sometimes memes say what I can’t. It gives the emotion that I mean to give that too many words can kill.

On if her family has read her book
I kind of don’t want them to read it. My parents don’t like when I curse. Sex, drugs. I don’t need them to read it.

On how her mom came up with her name
My mom came up with the beautiful name of Quinta by being too tired because I came too late in her life to think of anything else other than the number of the child I am. I’m number five. My brothers and sisters have like “prince of faith,” “princess of Africa” and I’m just five. I kind of like it, it gave me some freedom in my life.

[From Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube]

Quinta is funny, smart and beautiful. She is absolutely hilarious because she has such dry, deadpan humor. I like how her voice may be conveying one thing but her face is saying something wholly different. I thought it was hysterical that she ruined a prank because she couldn’t hide the disappointment on her face. The fact that the film team wanted to pay her $1000 instead of $50 because she was so expressive is even funnier. My favorite part of this interview was the back and forth between Quinta and Seth because Seth was “upset” he wasn’t mentioned in her book like her other castmates. You could tell that Quinta and Seth are actual friends and it was so cute. I am still laughing at the fact that her mom was too tired to give her a name like her siblings and opted for naming her a number. I mean Quinta can always claim that she started the trend of naming your children numbers like Blue IV. My aunt named me from a name she saw in the phone book because she thought the name was pretty. I was supposed to be a Tangela (don’t ask). I look forward to Quinta’s book. I am sure there will be many funny anecdotes in it. I am also looking forward to Quinta’s new show that she created called Abbott Elementary, which will air on ABC. In the meantime, I need to catch up on A Black Lady Sketch Show. It’s been a minute and those women always manage to make me cackle.


The entire interview:

Abbott Elementary Trailer:

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  1. Darla says:

    I have never heard of her or the meme, but I googled it and it’s hilarious. This show looks good too.

  2. StephB says:

    I am missing her so much on this season of Black Lady Sketch Show. Her delivery is perfection.

  3. Miss Margo says:

    Black lady sketch show is absolutely amazing. She is so good in it. I started watching season 2, and Quinta isn’t in it and I was worried! But then I saw all this amazing stuff she’s doing and I’m so happy for her she’s so cute!

  4. GRUEY says:

    I’m missing her too on BLSS. I was binging it and the switch between season 1 and 2 was so abrupt, I was like buh buh buh…..where’s the star of the show???

    Her new show looks like the kind of thing I’ll watch like 5-6 episodes of, maybe more if it’s really good. I’m happy for her that she’s getting her own show. She’s a star and so loveable.

  5. ClaireB says:

    I saw her on Season 1 of BLSS and she was so adorable and funny that I instantly had a little crush! Missing her this season!

  6. Kalana says:

    Quinta is amazing! I’ve been following her since her Buzzfeed days too. She is hilarious and so talented.

  7. Sally says:

    Ahhh, she’s so pretty, loved her too on buzzfeed, good to see she’s thriving!

  8. Riverandtree says:

    Her new show looks cute and I’m looking forward to it but I have to admit that seeing that Tyler Jesse Williams (Chris from Everybody Hates Chris) is a full grown man now made me feel ancient.

  9. TaraBest says:

    I started watching Quinta on Buzzfeed and she was so good on A Black Lady Sketch Show. She’s so cute and her face IS so expressive! It makes her so fun to watch. I didn’t know she had a new book out, I’ll have to get a copy and check it out.

  10. MissMarirose says:

    She is hilarious! I can’t wait to see the new show.

  11. KNy says:

    I love her on A Black Lady Sketch Show! All four of the women are hilarious, actually!

  12. Barbiem says:

    So I only know her from buzz feed and I thought she was HILARIOUS! I have a to do list of shows to watch and BLSS is on it

  13. Anna says:

    Love her so much! Especially the meme “people be gay”! She wrote a sweet note on her IG about how touched she was that the LGBTQIA* community had embraced that meme and how much it gets shared every June. I’m gonna post it again, too.

    Oya, your beautiful name is also from the Yoruba orisa Oya, goddess of whirlwinds and thunderstorms. Also the name of the main character in Octavia Butler’s prophetic Parable of the Sower who leads a ragtag group of folks northward in California to freedom. I love the name Oya so much. Powerful and epic.