“Late Night with Seth Meyers” made its debut last night, and an Omahan was behind some of the funny business.
Amber Ruffin, a writer for NBC's new “Late Night,” got her comedy start doing improv in Omaha. She's also an alumna of Second City Chicago Mainstage, iO Chicago, iO West Los Angeles and Boom Chicago Amsterdam, and she's been on a season two episode of "Key & Peele." Ruffin's currently part of a comedy group called RobotDown.
Last year, Ruffin was one of the 11 black female comics who auditioned for "Saturday Night Live," following the media criticism that the cast lacked diversity.
Ruffin was brought onto Meyers' writing staff last month, making her, Jezebel pointed out, "the first black woman to write for a network late night talk show."
In addition to writing, Ruffin's already been in front of the camera for "Late Night," at least in the promos. Given this and Ruffin's performance background, it's not too far-fetched to think she might get some screen time.
Here's one of the aforementioned promos, with Ruffin coming in at around 15 seconds.