Amber RuffinLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Late Night's Amber Ruffin remakes House of Cards and The Cosby Show to omit their disgraced stars
Watch her take on Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, as well as Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Late Night with Seth Meyers writers tout the benefit of having a diverse staff
Writer/performer Amber Ruffin says "it's just impractical today" to have an all-white writing staff. Fellow writer/performer Jenny Hagel adds: “If you have 14 identical people in a writer’s room you’re going to get 14 identical jokes off that headline. But if you have people with all different backgrounds, different ages, different genders, ethnicities, people are going to see a different way into that story or have a different reaction. So I think you just get a wider variety of jokes.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Whitney Cummings departs as Roseanne's co-showrunner for Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The comedian, who said she "became the PC police" on Roseanne while helping shepherd the revival, "is going to be too busy" for next season, according to her fellow co-showrunner Bruce Helford. He adds that "Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she's got so much going on. I don't know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don't think she'll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season." Cummings, who co-created 2 Broke Girls, was working with Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner of Carsey-Werner when he proposed that she help lead the revival. Cummings said when Werner “called me and he said, ‘We’re doing this. Do you want to be a part of it?’ … I canceled everything I had going on and made myself available, if anything just to go in and learn from these writers.” Helford also said Roseanne will bring in a group of new writers for Season 2: "We have a lot of new voices, younger voices, which I think is important on the show. I'll be showrunning next season. We run a democratic room, almost nobody has a stronger voice than anybody else; everybody's input is there. I'm excited because there are a lot of new voices and because I believe we've got the best of the voices who have been part of it continuing." UPDATE: Cummings confirms her exit on Twitter: "Due to work commitments and my tour schedule, I'm gonna have to watch the Conner's from the sidelines next season."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
TMZ releases an extended clip of Kanye West's controversial TMZ Live slavery comments
The 12-minute clip shows more footage of the rapper shouting at the TMZ newsroom during taping of TMZ Live, and more of Van Lathan's eloquent response. ALSO: Late Night's Amber Ruffin raps a response to Kanye's comments.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Tiffany Haddish convinces Seth Meyers to tell one of the "Jokes Seth Can't Tell"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Haddish participated in the recurring Late Night segment on Monday with Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Amber Ruffin: Bill Maher, "go f*ck yourself"
The Late Night writer/performer, in her monologue as host of the Writers Guild Awards last night, praised her boss Seth Meyers as "the first woke late-night host" and called BET host Robin Thede "the most woke late-night host." She also name-dropped Jordan Klepper and John Oliver for also being "woke." As for Bill Maher? He can go "f*ck himself," she said.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Seth Meyers had a big year on Late Night, but so did Amber Ruffin
“As good as Meyers is at delivering Late Night’s topical bits...the show this past year has also made me wonder if he’s going to end up a footnote in the Amber Ruffin story,” says Tara Ariano, noting that Ruffin has broken out this year on Late Night’s “Amber Says What?” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” segments.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Reese Witherspoon on Amber Ruffin: “Why doesn’t this woman have her own talk show?!”
Witherspoon tweeted a link to the Late Night writer/performer’s piece from last night hailing black women for voting for Roy Moore's opponent and “saving America,” calling her “amazing.” Ruffin responded: “I take your tweet as a proposal of lifelong friendship!”
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Late Night’s Amber Ruffin apologizes like a sexual harasser to Seth Meyers
Source: The Mary Sue
Ruffin “punched” Meyers in the face to show how she, too, could provide an evasive apology like the high-profile men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Here are 13 women who could’ve hosted the Golden Globes instead of Seth Meyers
Source: Fast Company
In response to Forbes praising Meyers as “a feminist host" for the Globes, Fast Company offers a rebuttal, arguing that top female stars like Kristen Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones could’ve easily hosted next year’s Globes.
# TOPICS: Amber Ruffin, Andrea Martin, Chrissy Metz, Debra Messing, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenny Hagel, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Mandy Moore, Megan Mullally, Meghan Markle, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, Golden Globe Awards, Lists, Women and TV
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Did Ken Burns’ The Civil War teach John Kelly that the war was the result of “the lack of an ability to compromise”?
Source: New York Magazine
As Jonathan Chait notes, the White House chief of staff’s controversial claims about the Civil War “are an almost verbatim recapitulation” of the thoughts of Shelby Foote, who was given the most screen time with 89 appearances in Burns’ epic 11 1/2-hour PBS documentary. “For all the technical skill Burns brings to bear on his subject, which he brings to life without any historical footage, his analytic framework is a disaster,” says Chait. “Burns relies heavily on Shelby Foote, a novelist and quasi-historian whose ability to spin colorful tales gobbled up large chunks of airtime. Foote presented (Robert E.) Lee and other Confederate fighters as largely driven by motives other than preserving human property, and bemoaned the failure of the North and South to compromise (a compromise that would inevitably have preserved slavery).” Chait adds: “It was Burns who chose to give Foote literally nine times as many appearances as Barbara Fields — a real historian whose perspective Burns scants.”
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 7:15PM EDT
Late Night star Amber Ruffin is set to turn her life story into an NBC comedy
Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels are producing Going Dutch, based on Ruffin’s life as a black woman who returned home from Amsterdam with a Dutch boyfriend (who’s now Ruffin's husband). Ruffin became the first black woman to write for a late-night show when she joined Meyers’ Late Night in 2014. If Ruffin's show is picked up, would this mean she would be done appearing on Late Night, specifically "Jokes Seth Can't Tell"? "Oh, we are gonna make her come back and do those," tweets Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker. "Also this is how she’s finding out."
- ABC developing a Middle Eastern superhero comedy with Larry Wilmore and Bassem Youssef
- Erotic novelist Abby McDonald’s life is being turned into a CW comedy
- Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg sells a CIA comedy to CBS
- Amy Poehler is producing a single family comedy for NBC
- William Friedkin is turning his 2011 movie Killer Joe into a TV series -- without Matthew McConaughey
- Issa Rae and HBO are developing an early 1990s Los Angeles-set black family drama
# TOPICS: Late Night with Seth Meyers, Abby McDonald, Amber Ruffin, Amy Poehler, Bassem Youssef, Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore, Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Simon Helberg, William Friedkin, Late Night, Pilots
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Amber Ruffin still can’t believe she’s part of Late Night
Source: Chicago Tribune
Nearly four years after joining Seth Meyers — soon after SNL rejected her — Ruffin is still thrilled for her role on screen and behind the scenes as the first black woman to write for a network late-night show. “Every day I am shocked,” she says. “I can’t believe it and everyone acts like it’s normal. I am literally skipping down the hallway, I cannot believe it, I love it so bad.”