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Amber Ruffin turned a rejection from "Saturday Night Live" into a blossoming career as a late-night TV host and author.
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Amber Ruffin has a message for her older sister, Lacey Lamar. 

“Tell her she stinks,” the comedian jokes during a video interview from their parents’ home in Omaha, Nebraska. “You can smell her right through the Zoom.” 

That kind of childish teasing is one reason Ruffin has become one of the brightest stars in comedy, garnering laughs through her regular sketch routines on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and her own program, Peacock’s “The Amber Ruffin Show,” which is now in its third season. 

Her comedic talents are also why she was tapped to co-write the upcoming Broadway production of “Some Like it Hot,” a musical adaptation of the 1959 romantic comedy film that made running from gangsters seem as intoxicating as a drag-queen brunch. 

‘I would have been the happiest mail carrier,’ Amber Ruffin says 

Despite her ascent in the entertainment world, Ruffin, 43, who has received multiple Emmy Award nominations, is likely to skip the A-list parties for a booth at a chain restaurant. 

Comedian Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar co-wrote two books about race.

“She’s horribly boring,” says Lamar, who, it turns out, gives as good as she gets. “People think she’s fun, but she just wants to eat at The Cheesecake Factory. She could do that three or four times a week. That’s her idea of excitement.” 

Ruffin’s cheerful attitude – she practically sings her lines in both conversations and sketches – is in sharp contrast to many comics who act like they’re one heckle away from leaping off the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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