Amber Ruffin is a comedian and writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers since 2014. When she joined the show, she became the first black woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the United States.
Ruffin first began performing in 2001 in local theater productions in her hometown. She later moved to Chicago where she studied improv at the iO Theater. She moved to Amsterdam in 2008 to work as a writer and performer on the improv comedy troupe Boom Chicago. She also performed as part of The Second City in both Chicago and Denver. Ruffin moved to Los Angeles in 2011 where she joined the YouTube comedy team RobotDown and appeared on an episode of Key & Peele. In 2014, she auditioned for a part on Saturday Night Live, but was hired by Seth Meyers to write for Late Night with Seth Meyers instead.
In addition to Late Night, Ruffin writes on the Comedy Central show Detroiters and is a regular narrator on another Comedy Central show, Drunk History. As of September 2016, she was working on a then-untitled single-camera comedy show as its co-executive producer.] In 2017, it was reported that NBC had put the show, entitled Going Dutch, in development, and that it would be based on Ruffin's life. The show will be co-written by Ruffin and Michael Starrbury. Also in 2017, she was nominated for, but did not win, a Writers Guild of America award in the category "Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) Series".
In February 2018 she hosted the 70th Writers Guild of America awards ceremony. In 2019, NBC ordered a new comedy, "Village Gazette," written by and starring Ruffin.
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