Quinta Brunson Biography
Quinta Brunson is a writer, producer, comedian, and actress based in the United States. She was born on December 21, 1989. Brunson rose to notoriety thanks to the success of her self-produced Instagram series titled Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date. She later moved on to produce and act in content for BuzzFeed Video, and she also worked with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to develop two streaming shows.
In addition to starring roles in the television shows iZombie, Single Parents, and Miracle Workers, Brunson has provided her voice for the animated series Lazor Wulf and Magical Girl Friendship Squad. She also played the lead role in the pilot episode of the sketch comedy series A Black Lady Sketch Show, which airs on HBO.
She is the brains behind the Abbott Elementary comedy series on ABC, as well as the show’s creator, executive producer, writer, and star (2021–present). At the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, she made history by becoming the first Black woman to be nominated three times in the comedy category.  She received nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (which she won), Outstanding Comedy Series (as an executive producer), and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She went on to win the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award. [S]he was also the first Black woman to be nominated three times in the comedy category. On the list of Time’s 100 People Who Will Have the Most Influence in 2022, Brunson was included.
Early life and education
Brunson spent his childhood in the neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Spanish origin of her name, which translates to “fifth,” reflects the fact that she is the fifth and youngest of five children. Norma Jean Brunson, the woman’s mother, was a kindergarten teacher. She was brought up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
She attended the Charter High School for Architecture & Design, where she cultivated her passion by enrolling in an improv class. She has stated that she has been “obsessed” with comedy ever since she attended that institution.
Brunson received her education at Temple University and continued her studies at Second City while she was a student there. Soon after that, she decided to pursue a career in comedy instead of continuing her education.
Brunson first gained a following on the internet in 2014 when she began posting hilarious videos on her Instagram account. In particular, her series titled “Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date” became quite popular and helped her expand her online following. After beginning her relationship with the company as a freelancer, she went on to take a position with BuzzFeed Video as a video producer. The majority of her films were devoted to discussing issues that people in their twenties face.
In 2016, Brunson sold two web series as a development partner with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures: the first was a scripted comedy called Broke for Youtube Red, which she wrote, produced, and starred in; the second was Up for Adoption, which was produced by Verizon’s go90 video platform, and she also starred in it. Both of these series were sold.
In 2017, Brunson’s work in the web series Broke earned him a nomination for the Streamy Award in the category of Best Acting in a Comedy.
Soon after Brunson departed BuzzFeed in 2018, she co-starred in her first network pilot, which was the CW pilot The End of the World as We Know It. However, the program was not picked up by the network and did not go on to be produced. In addition to that, she penned and produced an online series called Quinta vs. Everything that was available to watch on Facebook Watch from 2017 to 2018. On October 4, 2018, it was revealed that a pilot that Brunson, Larry Wilmore, and Jermaine Fowler had collaborated on producing would be further developed by CBS into a multi-camera comedy series to be titled Quinta & Jermaine. However, the project was not taken up after the pilot was filmed with Fowler and Brunson playing longtime friends who are forced to deal with the unexpected pregnancy of one of their own.
In 2019, she had roles on the supernatural comedy-drama series iZombie as Dr. Charli Collier and her twin sister, Laila. She also provided the voices of numerous characters in the animated series Lazor Wulf. Alongside Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis, and Ashley Nicole Black, Brunson began co-starring and writing for the HBO sketch comedy series A Black Lady Sketch Show that fall. However, she was unable to continue with the show into its second season owing to schedule issues. In the year 2020, Brunson played the role of Anna Akana’s co-star in the animated series Magical Girl Friendship Squad, which aired on Syfy.
In the year 2021, Brunson had a recurring role on the third season of the show Miracle Workers. In the month of June of that same year, she published her first book, titled She Memes Well, which was a collection of essays about her personal life and career.
In May of 2021, ABC ordered a series based on the single-camera pilot created by Brunson and formerly known as Harrity Elementary. The series will now be known as Abbott Elementary.
Alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Tyler James Williams, and Janelle James, Brunson is not only the creator of the show but also a co-executive producer and one of the stars.
The first episode of the series aired on December 7, 2021, and it was met with praise from reviewers.
On the website Rotten Tomatoes, it has been given a score of 97% based on the opinions of 38 different critics.
Brunson has been lauded for bringing a novel perspective to network television with her show Abbott Elementary, which she named after Ms. Abbott, the educator who she had in real life while she was in middle school.
She was selected to be one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022 for the inaugural season of the show.
In July of 2022, writer Christine Davis filed a lawsuit against Brunson and ABC for allegedly infringing upon her copyright.
Brunson will make an appearance as a guest star on the upcoming revival of the series Party Down.
Brunson and Warner Bros. Entertainment entered into a multi-year overall contract in August of 2022. Television, the co-production studio in which she works on her show Abbott Elementary.
In September of 2021, Brunson tied the knot with Kevin Jay Anik, a sales manager.
|2018||“Come Over”||The Internet||Neighbor||Plays the role of the nosy neighbor|
|2020||“Dragonball Durag”||Thundercat||Girl||Plays the role of the first love interest|
|2016||Broke||Miloh||Web series; creator and producer|
|2017||Up for Adoption||Michelle||go90 streaming series; creator|
|2017–2018||Quinta vs. Everything||Quinta||Web series; creator and producer|
|2018||New Girl||Annabelle||Episode: “Mario”|
|2018–2020||Single Parents||Bess||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2019||iZombie||Dr. Charlie Collier / Laila||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2019; 2022||A Black Lady Sketch Show||Various characters||Main cast, writer (Season 1); guest (Season 3)|
|2019–2021||Big Mouth||Quinta / Girl (voice)||4 episodes|
|2019–2021||Lazor Wulf||Blazor Wulf / various roles||Main cast|
|2020||Magical Girl Friendship Squad||Alex (voice)||Main cast|
|2021||Miracle Workers||Trig||Recurring role|
|2021–present||Abbott Elementary||Janine Teagues||Main cast, creator, writer, and producer|
|2022||Cars on the Road||Ivy||Voice; 3 episodes|
|TBA||Party Down||Guest star|
|2020||An American Pickle||Female Interviewee|
|2021||As of Yet||Lyssa|
|2022||Weird: The Al Yankovic Story||Oprah Winfrey|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Streamy Awards||Best Acting in a Comedy||Broke||Nominated|
|2022||Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Abbott Elementary||Won|
|Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series||Won|
|Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series||Abbott Elementary (for “Pilot”)||Won|
|Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series||A Black Lady Sketch Show||Won|
|Dorian TV Awards||Best TV Performance||Abbott Elementary||Won|
|Wilde Wit Award||N/A||Nominated|
|HCA TV Awards||TV Breakout Star||Abbott Elementary||Won|
|Best Broadcast Network Series, Comedy||Won|
|Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy||Won|
|Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy||Abbott Elementary (for “Pilot”)||Won|
|Humanitas Prize||Comedy Teleplay||Pending|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Abbott Elementary||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Abbott Elementary (for “Pilot”)||Won|
|TCA Awards||Program of the Year||Abbott Elementary||Won|
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
|Outstanding New Program||Won|
|Individual Achievement in Comedy||Won|