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Amber Ruffin: 5 Things To Know About NBC’s New Late Night Host

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If the name Amber Ruffin doesn’t sound familiar, it’s ok. That’s why we’re here to help. The standout Late Night With Seth Meyers writer and performer is getting her own late night series, on NBC’s new streaming platform, which the network revealed is named Peacock. The network announced its line-up of shows including The Amber Ruffin Show, which will stream in 2020. We’re just excited that another black woman is coming to late night. But if that’s not enough, here’s 5 other facts about Ruffin to help get you hype like us.

SHE GOT HER START ON KEY & PEELE

Awww now does the name sound familiar. We thought so. If you were a Key & Peele fan than you may remember Ruffin from the skit called Party Wife. Amber played the role of the party wife, and well she was hilarious.

YOU KNOW HER WORK

Ruffin has been a writer in the business for quite some time. In addition to Late Night, the Omaha, Nebraska native writes on the Comedy Central show Detroiters and is a regular narrator on another Comedy Central show, Drunk History, and HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show. 

SHE’S SMART & FUNNY

If you watch Late Night than you know Ruffin is hilarious. During her “Amber Says What” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” segments she wittingly tackles current events and trending topics. NBC obviously took notice and offered her a platform to do what she does best. The network describes her weekly series as “a late-night show with just the good parts — the comedy” and will show off Ruffin’s “signature smart-and-silly take on the week.”

SHE’S AN INDUSTRY PIONEER

While it has gone under the radar, when Amber took on her role with The Late Night with Seth Meyers production, she became the first African American woman to write for a late-night talk show in the Western hemisphere. Before Ruffin auditioned to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live back in 2014 and while she didn’t get cast, she caught Seth Meyers attention.

THIS IS NOT HER FIRST SHOW

Ruffin has had other comedies in the works at NBC within the past few years. Back in 2017, the network put into development a pilot from Ruffin titled Going Dutch. It was based on Ruffin’s own experiences of moving abroad to escape an overbearing family only to return home with a Dutch boyfriend. But ultimately they didn’t order the series. Before then, she had a show about a 1980s sibling singing group who was trying to get by in present times. Earlier this year, the network ordered a comedy from Ruffin and Meyers called “The Village Gazette,” in which Ruffin would star as a journalist who only cares about fluff pieces.

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