America’s Funniest Community College

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The NBC show “Community,” the highly entertaining program about Greendale Community College, a fictional community college in Colorado, was controversial at first.

Community college administrators, not a group generally defined by its sense of humor, worried that a comedy about community college would involve a lot of making fun of community colleges. This worry was not entirely inappropriate; the “Straight A’s of Greendale Community College,” for instance, are Accessibility, Affordability, Air Conditioning, Awesome New Friends, and A Lot of Classes. As a reporter for Community College Times asked “Community” creator Dan Harmon last September,

Are you sensitive to any particular issues regarding community colleges, such as the stereotype that they offer low-quality education? How will you handle those issues on the show, if at all?

It turns out the show actually handles these issues with grace and aplomb. And the popularity of the television show has attracted a new actor.

Apparently the incredibly popular 88-year-old Betty White will guest star on the show as June Bauer, “an esteemed but slightly unhinged anthropology professor,” according to the Los Angeles Times. White, who graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939, actually did not attend college herself. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer