The Amber Ruffin Show
This official promotional poster depicts star Amber Ruffin in a pastel pink blazer, plum colored pants, and a white button up top with a plum bow tied at the neck. Ruffin is smiling, with her hands splayed on either side of her.
GenreLate-night talk show
Created byAmber Ruffin
Presented byAmber Ruffin
StarringAmber Ruffin
Tarik Davis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producersJenny Hagel
Amber Ruffin
Seth Meyers
Mike Shoemaker
ProducersJason Carden
Jennifer Sochko
Zoie Mancino
Justin McGriff
Production locationsStudio 8G, NBC Studios
Midtown Manhattan
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesSethmaker Shoemeyers Productions
Universal Television
Original release
NetworkPeacock
ReleaseSeptember 25, 2020 (2020-09-25) –
December 16, 2022 (2022-12-16)
Related
Late Night with Seth Meyers

The Amber Ruffin Show is an American comedy late-night talk show. Produced by Universal Television and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions and starring Amber Ruffin, it features a mix of sketches and monologues. The series was ordered for nine half-hour episodes and premiered on NBCUniversal's video-streaming service Peacock on September 25, 2020. Peacock ordered an additional 10 episodes in December 2020, and the series was promoted with a brief run on the NBC broadcast network in February and March 2021. The third season premiered on September 30, 2022.[1] In 2023, it was announced the program would only return on occasion as specials but these were never ordered.[2]

The first season received nominations from the Primetime Emmy Awards, TCA Awards, and the Critics' Choice Television Awards, among others. The second season which premiered on October 8, 2021 received nominations from the TCA Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and the Critics' Choice Television Awards, among others.

Format

The show features comedic monologues and sketches with Ruffin and sidekick Tarik Davis.[3][4][5] The jokes cover topics including current events and politics.

Ruffin's recurring segment "How Did We Get Here" provides an in-depth look at the intersection of race,[6] gender, and politics in America and abroad, including segments on police brutality, Meghan Markle,[7] violence against Asian Americans, white supremacy, the filibuster, and the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.[8]

Production

Development

On September 19, 2019, it was announced that Amber Ruffin would host her own show on Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal.[9] Peacock ordered nine episodes of the limited run series which could receive a full order.[3] The running time is 30 minutes.[10]

The Amber Ruffin Show is produced by Universal Television and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions,[3] and the executive producers are Jenny Hagel, Amber Ruffin, Seth Meyers, and Mike Shoemaker.[3]

The show premiered on September 25, 2020, on Peacock.[4][11] As of its premiere, Ruffin was the only Black woman on television in the United States headlining a late night talk show.[4] On December 10, 2020, it was announced Peacock had ordered an additional ten episodes of the series.[12] On September 14, 2021, Peacock renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 8, 2021.[13]

Writers

Ruffin co-writes the show. She retains her job as a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[14] Hagel is the head writer[11] and additional writers are Demi Adejuyigbe, Shantira Jackson, and Dewayne Perkins.[15] Patrick Rowland, Nnamdi Ngwe, Corin Wells, Ashley Nicole Black, Ian Morgan, Mike Poole, Zackery Stephens, Erica Buddington, Jill Twiss, and Michael Harriot joined the writing staff in 2021.[16]

Set

The show uses the same studio, Studio 8G, as Late Night with Seth Meyers, though a more intimate set is placed in front of the regular Late Night set, and the show tapes on Fridays for same-day airing when Late Night is usually dark. A running gag at the end of each week's Thursday/early Friday morning Late Night is Ruffin comically intimidating Meyers off his set so her show can set up and record.[17][18]

Broadcast

On February 19, 2021, NBC announced that The Amber Ruffin Show would air on the NBC broadcast network at 1:30 a.m. ET/PT for two consecutive Friday nights (early Saturday mornings), February 26 and March 5, replacing A Little Late with Lilly Singh (which typically aired reruns on Friday nights) in its timeslot.[19]

Reception

The Amber Ruffin Show received critical acclaim. The first season holds an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 8 critic reviews.[20] Garrett Martin of Paste wrote in a review, "if you’ve seen her on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you know how charming and disarming Ruffin can be...For a first episode, last Friday’s debut was remarkably confident and consistent, which is a great sign for the show’s future."[21] Of Ruffin's persona as a host Melanie McFarland wrote for Salon, "In attempting to describe her specific appeal, one struggles to write around terms that are typically disempowering to women like "adorable" or "spunky" or any other descriptor that would rightly merit a slap in the face. Ruffin's plugs into them, though. They're her power sources."[22] Kathryn VanArendonk of Vulture described the show warmly, writing, "Even from the first episodes on Peacock, Ruffin’s host persona was already in place, in all its iterations: her sweet, slightly sly baseline; the heightened camp of her goofiest sketches; the pivot toward directness and exasperation in her political segments. She delights in toggling between the broad and the specific."[23]

The show was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.[24]

Award nominations for The Amber Ruffin Show
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2021
Primetime Emmy Awards[25] Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Jenny Hagel, Demi Adejuyigbe, Ashley Nicole Black, Michael Harriot,
Shantira Jackson, Ian Morgan, Dewayne Perkins, and Amber Ruffin
Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards[26] Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch The Amber Ruffin Show Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards[27] Comedy/Variety Sketch Series Jenny Hagel, Demi Adejuyigbe, Shantira Jackson, Dewayne Perkins, Amber Ruffin,
and John Lutz
Nominated
2022
Black Reel Awards for Television[28] Outstanding Variety, Talk or Sketch – Series or Special Jason Carden, Jen Sochko, Zoie Mancino. Amber Ruffin, and Jenny Hagel Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards[29] Best Talk Show The Amber Ruffin Show Nominated
Dorian Awards[30] Best Current Affairs Program Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards[31] Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode The Amber Ruffin Show (for "Bisexual Superman Is Not Ruining Your Childhood, B*tch Please") Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards[32] Best Streaming Variety Sketch Series, Talk Series, or Special The Amber Ruffin Show Nominated
NAACP Image Awards[33] Outstanding Host in a Reality, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) Amber Ruffin Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards[34] Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch The Amber Ruffin Show Nominated

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