Abbott Elementary’s Top Teacher

Comedian Quinta Brunson gives lessons in laughs on ABC’s Abbott Elementary.


Episode Notes

How do you make a struggling public school—with outdated textbooks, a shady principal, and broken everything—funny? Ask comedian Quinta Brunson, star and creator of the new ABC show Abbott Elementary. Brunson joins Jason Johnson on today’s episode of A Word to discuss the sitcom, her work on HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, and her unconventional path to comedy stardom.

Guest: Quinta Brunson, writer, producer, comedian, and actress. She’s the author of the memoir She Memes Well. Brunson’s new show, Abbott Elementary, is out now on ABC.

Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis.


About the Show

America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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