Amber Ruffin

Amber Mildred Ruffin (born January 9, 1979)[1] is an American comedian and writer.[2] 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.

Early life

Ruffin was born in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] where she attended Omaha Benson High School Magnet.[3]


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. After returning to the United States, Ruffin performed as part of The Second City in both Denver and Chicago, where she first met future Late Night co-writer Jenny Hagel. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined the YouTube comedy team RobotDown and appeared on an episode of Key & Peele.[4]

In 2014, Ruffin auditioned for a part on Saturday Night Live, but instead was hired by Seth Meyers to write for Late Night with Seth Meyers.[5] In addition to her writing, she also appears in several recurring segments of the program: "Amber Says What?", "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" and "Point, Counterpoint".[6]

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. Ruffin developed a single-camera comedy show Going Dutch in 2017, but the series was not ordered.[7][8][9] Also in 2017, she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award in the category "Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) Series".[10]

In February 2018, Ruffin hosted the 70th Writers Guild of America awards ceremony.[11]

In 2019, NBC ordered a pilot presentation for Ruffin's single-camera comedy series, Village Gazette.[9] Since 2019, Ruffin has been a writer for A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

Personal life

Ruffin married Jan Schiltmeijer,[12][13] a native of the Netherlands, in 2010. The couple met when Ruffin was working in Amsterdam with Boom Chicago.[14]


  1. "40 Under 40 - Amber Ruffin". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  2. Mertes, Micah (February 25, 2014). "Omaha comic writing for 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  3. Monroe, Waverle (July 11, 2018). "Local comedian remembers her roots, comes home for Fourth of July". KETV. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  4. Metz, Nina (January 8, 2014). "More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show". Chicago Tribune.
  5. Rockett, Darcel (October 6, 2017). "Amber Ruffin gives us 'Late Night' laughs while forging her own path". Chicago Tribune.
  6. "Amber Ruffin Says What!?" (National Public Radio)
  7. Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 26, 2016). "Seth Meyers Developing Two Scripted Comedies at NBC". Variety.
  8. Andreeva, Nellie (October 23, 2017). "'Late Night's Amber Ruffin To Co-Write & Star In NBC Comedy Based On Her Life From Lorne Michaels & Seth Meyers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  9. Wright, Megh (February 1, 2019). "Amber Ruffin Has a New Seth Meyers–Produced Comedy in the Works". Vulture.
  10. Lauder, Thomas Suh (January 24, 2017). "Who's been nominated, who are the winners (WGA)". Los Angeles Times.
  11. McNary, Dave (December 4, 2017). "Amber Ruffin to Host Writers Guild Awards in New York". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  12. Amber Ruffin. Verified Twitter account. September 10, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2018
  13. Jan Schiltmeijer Instagram account. August 31, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018
  14. Ruffin, Amber (February 23, 2018). Angelo, Megan (ed.). "The First Time My White Husband Witnessed Someone Discriminate Against Me for the Color of My Skin". Glamour.
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