Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin anchor weekly late-night shows

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

Larry Wilmore attends the 2019 Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 17, 2019. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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

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“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.

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Amber Ruffin attends The 22nd Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

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.

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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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