WGA Awards: 'Late Night's' Amber Ruffin to Host New York Ceremony
Patton Oswalt will return as host of the bicoastal show's West Coast edition, with both ceremonies set for Feb. 11.
Late Night With Seth Meyers writer and on-air personality Amber Ruffin is set to host the New York edition of the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.
Ruffin has become known for her recurring segments on NBC's Late Night, including "Amber Says What?" and "Jokes Seth Can't Tell." She also participated in Late Night's memorable first response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations. Ruffin also had the audience laughing at the 2017 WGA Awards during an award presentation.
“I'm so excited to host the 2018 Writers Guild Awards!” Ruffin said Monday in a statement. “If you're looking for hard hitting satire on sexual assault allegations, Russia and the Republican tax plan... too bad! This is gonna be all hugs and rainbows! (The hugs will be consensual.)”
Ruffin has been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild Award for her work on Late Night. She also currently writes for Comedy Central's Detroiters and serves as a regular narrator on Drunk History. And NBC is developing her semi-autobiographical sitcom Going Dutch.
The 70th annual Writers Guild Awards are set to be held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles. The New York ceremony will take place at the Edison Ballroom, while the L.A. ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton.
The New York ceremony will be co-executive produced by Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker. Ann Cohen will serve as the show’s head writer.
Patton Oswalt will return for the third year in a row to host the L.A. ceremony.
“This is the year that I finally complete the Shifting Maze and am at last freed from the curse of having to host this wretched hellscape of an awards show," he said in a statement. "No guild can hold Oswalt forever!"
The L.A. show will be executive produced by Hugh Fink, for the fourth year in a row, and Joe O'Brien will return as head writer.
Dec. 5, 2:22 p.m. Updated with news that Oswalt will host the Writers Guild Awards' L.A. ceremony.