Get ready to laugh because Quinta Brunson is bringing some comedy magic to our screens. The funny gal created and stars in Abbott Elementary, an upcoming ABC television series. Here's everything you need to know before the show ahead of its December premiere.
Abbott Elementary centers around - you guessed it - an elementary school. The Philadelphia educational institution is home to passionate and big-personality teachers and a somewhat disconnected principal. Quinta stars as the protagonist, Miss Janine Teagues, who is determined to make a mark in her students' lives. But in between the LOL-worthy lessons, there is plenty of hilarious drama happening amongst the staff.
A short trailer was released by ABC earlier this month, giving a peek into the shenanigans we can expect from Abbott Elementary. "I thought one of my colleagues here hired a stripper for me," one of the characters says to a new substitute teacher in one of the many awkward/cringy scenes that will have audiences giggling. Check out the teaser for yourself below.
The show's creator rose to internet fame with her self-produced Instagram series Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date. After going viral, BuzzFeed hired Quinta, and she spent a couple of years creating a ton of content that got millions of views. Since leaving the media company, Brunson has starred in Magic Girl Friendship Squad and the first season of A Black Lady Sketch Show.
In some ways, the comedian's latest endeavor is bringing her back to her roots. Quinta was born and raised in Philadelphia and snuck off to Chicago after high school to pursue a career in comedy. "I kind of split off into this separate world, where secretly I was doing improv classes," Brunson recalled. The aspiring comic didn't even tell her parents what she was doing as she took classes at Chicago's The Second City, an improv comedy club, theater, and school.
"I, like, came back home. My mom was like, 'Where were you?' I was like, 'Doing drugs,'" Brunson joked, adding that "anything was better than taking improv classes." Quinta's parents wanted her daughter to pursue a traditional career. And in some ways, Abbott Elementary is fulfilling that wish - at least for the 31-year-old's on-screen character.
You can catch the new series come December 7th on ABC.