Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin anchor weekly late-night shows

  • FILE - Larry Wilmore attends the 2019 Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 17, 2019. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Wilmore and Amber Ruffin. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Larry Wilmore attends the 2019 Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 17, 2019. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Wilmore and Amber Ruffin. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Amber Ruffin attends the NBC midseason 2020 press day party in New York on  Jan. 23, 2020. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Ruffin. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Amber Ruffin attends the NBC midseason 2020 press day party in New York on Jan. 23, 2020. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Ruffin. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/10/2020 12:34 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin to focus on current events.

'We can't wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!'" Ruffin said in a statement Monday announcing the 'The Amber Ruffin Show."

 

A writer and performer on NBC's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers," Ruffin was among the first African American women to write for a late-night show.

Wilmore is a sitcom creator ("The Bernie Mac Show," 'grown-ish') who's also known for his on-camera Comedy Central work that included the 2015-16 'The Nightly Show.' His Peacock show is as-yet untitled.

"Apparently there's a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I'm happy to have a place in the conversation,' Wilmore said in a statement.

The shows are set to launch in September, with 11 episodes ordered for Wilmore's series and nine for Ruffin's, Peacock said.

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