Profile: Quinta Brunson (1989-)

Quinta Brunson is an American writer, producer, actress, and comedian. Brunson gained prominence for her self-produced Instagram series Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date. She went on to produce and act in content for BuzzFeed Video, and developed two streaming series with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She is the creator, executive producer, writer, and star of the ABC comedy series Abbott Elementary.

Early life and education

Brunson was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Her name means “fifth” in Spanish and signifies that she is youngest of five children. Her mother, Norma Jean Brunson, taught kindergarten. She was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.

She has described herself as “obsessed” with comedy from the time she attended the Charter High School for Architecture & Design, and nurtured her interest by taking an improv class. Brunson attended Temple University and took classes at Second City in Chicago her sophomore year. She dropped out of school shortly after to pursue a career in comedy

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