Late Night's Amber Ruffin to star in a Lorne Michaels-produced NBC comedy pilot
Ruffin has become a breakout star as a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Now, she'll co-write and star in the comedy pilot Village Gazette, which counts Meyers and Late Night executive producer Michaels as executive producers. Ruffin will play Amber, the editor of the local newspaper, the Benson Village Gazette. "She loves fluff pieces that demonstrate the idyllic nature of life in her hometown," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "But when the newspaper owners hire a reporter who's looking to uncover a juicy story in Benson, he threatens to unravel the happy denial Amber has been living in." Ruffin was part of Seth Meyers' Late Night staff when his show premiered in 2014. Ruffin auditioned as part of SNL's midseason talent search in 2013 to find a black female cast member following complaints over lack of black female representation. After she was rejected, Meyers hired her for his writing staff.
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