The Gist

Inside Late Night With Amber Ruffin

The sketch writers sit here, the monologue writers sit there, and someone is probably wearing a dinosaur costume.

Late Night host Seth Meyers and writer Amber Ruffin on Dec. 17, 2014.

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In 2014, Amber Ruffin became the first black woman to write for a late-night network comedy when she joined NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. On The Gist, Ruffin explains the banality of being a trailblazer: “We’re just dicking around in a different room.”

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