EXCLUSIVE: Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and comedian Amber Ruffin is set to host the 22nd annual Webby Awards. Honoring excellence on the Internet and celebrating Internet culture, the Webby Awards will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on May 14.
As a first-time host of the ceremony, Ruffin will serve as a cruise director of sorts for the show. She will also keep all the winners in check, making sure they adhere to the Webby Awards’ 5-word acceptance speech rule.
“I’m so excited to host this year’s show!” said Ruffin about her new post. “It’ll be surprising, hilarious, and a little embarrassing, just like the internet!”
The Webby Awards also announced today that long-time Managing Director Claire Graves has been appointed Executive Director, overseeing the Webby P&L and brand.
Ruffin is known for her regular segments on Late Night including “Amber Says What?” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell.” She became the first black woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the United States. She has also written for Comedy Central’s Detroiters and is a regular narrator on Drunk History. Ruffin is currently working on a new version of the Broadway musical The Wiz that will premiere this summer at The MUNY in St. Louis.