Seth Meyers’ Late Night Added Amber Ruffin to its Writing Staff
3:33 pm, January 10th | by Colette McIntyre and Kady Ruth Ashcraft
TGIF but also TGALNSFHABW! Oh sorry, that’s THANK GOD A LATE NIGHT SHOW FINALLY HIRED A BLACK WOMAN. Seth Meyers has added a new writer for his iteration of Late Night and inadvertently (or perhaps very advertently) made history in the process: according to the Chicago Tribune, former iO and Second City performer Amber Ruffin has been selected to join the NBC show’s staff, making her the first Black woman to write for a network late night show. Wait — wut?
Yup, we just went back and checked our notes and it’s true! Ruffin, who was invited to SNL‘s exclusive audition showcase for Black women performers, is the first Black woman to write for a late night talk show, EVER.
Ruffin’s late-night gig is just the latest in a slew of exciting hires: SNL finally added their first Black woman performer since Maya Rudolph’s exit in 2007, selecting the incredibly talented Sasheer Zamata for the cast, and then quickly added two Black women, comedians LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, to its writing staff.
Celebrate all this great news with a video that newly-anointed Late Night writer Ruffin wrote and co-produced.
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