Amber Ruffin on ‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ and Keeping Fashion Silly

“Honey, do you need a margarita?” is the first question asked by Amber Ruffin, host of her eponymous late-night talk show Peacock when I meet her after filming The Amber Ruffin Show. The backstage space dedicated to Ruffin and her writers at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is already a party room at 3 p.m. Ruffin is ready to relax.

Ruffin, who has been nominated for four Emmys for her writing Late Night With Seth Meyers and once for The Amber Ruffin Show, greeted me in the room, with a margarita in her hand, and dived right inside, discussing the state of the world and her inspiration for commenting on the news. “I couldn’t have a sad show! I can’t do that, “she said. The host has just interviewed Cynthia Erivo and played a match with her sister, Lacey Lamar, and El DeBarge for the finale of the second season of her show – it was certainly not sad. The audience, warmed up by comedian Marie Faustin, was energetic, and the show, described as a “smart and stupid” understanding of current events, justified its reputation. Below, Ruffin talks about her hopes for the show, the story behind her distinctive looks and her favorite guest in an interview.

Wear a different colorful suit for each episode The Amber Ruffin Show. Why did you decide to stick to the suit?

They told me I was doing a show and asked how I wanted to look, and I said, “Kurt Hummel from Glee. ”

How would you describe your style?

Once I was out of work – and it’s true – I was standing and had a cup of coffee that I drank and a cigarette in my hand, and someone put money in my cup of coffee. That’s how I usually look, like Eddie Murphy Trading venues. On the outside, I’d say it’s a bit androgynous, but on the inside, I’d say it’s the sweetest. It is too much to wear a fashionable dress. No! No one sees my arms and legs except my husband. I want to be covered. If I could wear a sweatshirt, I would.

Can you keep something that the wardrobe team will train you to perform?

I never managed to keep anything, but I also don’t like things. If you had come to my house, you would have said, Oh, this is a hotel. I have so few things. I am a minimalist. I have nothing. If I have to throw away half of my wardrobe tomorrow, I could do it. I wouldn’t blink.

Who is your style icon?

Cynthia Erivo. She said something along the lines of, “My goal is fun.” I’m like, that’s it. Clothes are a fun, stupid, silly thing. me always [think], what is the dumbest thing I can wear and not feel too ashamed? I like to feel little ashamed.

Who is your favorite guest you interviewed on your show?

I have no favorites. I bet when I interview Seth [Meyers], that will be my favorite. Because it’s bad.

You wrapped up two seasons of the series. What do you want people to take from the episode when they finish watching?

I want them to feel a little more comfortable in their skin. The fire behind the show was the period when the news would not call racist things “racist”. And then I went completely insane. I just thought, if only one human being came out on TV and called shit “shit,” we wouldn’t have to feel this way. And like every black woman in America, I said, Fuck. I will do it. And that’s why I do it.

What is the first thing you read in the morning?

I open my Apple news app and read the news. Then I get out of bed unless I have to work that day. If I don’t have to work that day, I don’t read shit. I just get up and have fun.

What shows kept you awake at night?

I watch every TV show. There’s no TV show I don’t watch. I loved it Killing It with Craig Robinson. I just sat down and thought, I work for Peacock, I should support this show. And I adore Craig Robinson. I turned it on, and a second later, the whole season was over. It was a very good show. I’m shocked that more people didn’t get caught up in it. But I bet he will. Let me tweet it.

What are your favorite social media accounts you follow?

Rex Chapman is good for you. He gives you what you need to be a human being in this world. He is very aware that the world sucks and you have to see a dog puppy biting its tail. I Michael Harriot. He writes our “How did we get here?” segment. He got the job because he will tweet these topics and they destroy everything you thought you knew. I thought, I need to catch this guy.

Is there a book on your nightstand?

I’m sorry you have to be the one to hear this. I almost never read books.


No, I can’t sit still. I either watch TV or do something actively, but I can’t read a book calmly. I’d rather die. My memory is too slow to read. It makes me angry.

What was the last movie you watched in theaters?

All Everywhere All at once. That was great. It was cracked! I thought it wouldn’t come to life, but it did. It was wonderful.

What was the last concert you were at?

Stevie Wonder in Amsterdam. I was in a meeting.

What was the last song you repeated?

Beyoncé’s song “Get Me Bodied”.

Extended remix?

The Back home version.

You are a Capricorn. Do you think astrology is right for you?

I have no idea what it is, but I’m sure it’s great.

What is the last thing you do before bed?

I go to the bathroom and wash myself and take out the contacts. Then I change into my sleepy clothes. I will tell my husband to come to bed and then he does, he reaches out and I squeeze into her. I play one Wordle game and two Candy Crush games. And then I pass out.

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