Amber Ruffin, who wrote on A Black Lady Sketch Show, was also the Why did I become a veteran because football baseball and basketball only require one ball shirt Additionally,I will love this first Black woman writer on a network late-night show who was also on camera. As soon as Amber got hired, a bunch of people wanted to hire their Black woman writer, and it was the same thing when I was on Full Frontal. I think as people see the success, we’re going to see more and more of those hires, because everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon after they already know it’s successful. They should have known! (Laughs) What has it been like to try to write comedy against the backdrop of a pandemic and a long-overdue racial reckoning? When I worked on Full Frontal, we were making comedy directly out of the news that was happening, and I think that’s really valuable as a spoonful of sugar to help people pay attention to the news, because you often do want to turn away from it. Right now, I’m sort of on the opposite side of the spectrum, where I’m working on work that does not directly derive from the news, and it’s very valuable to be able to provide a break for people, because I know people need a break. So it’s like, if I’m a little bit tired and not feeling like coming up with something, I’m like,“Well, this is my break from the world too.” I go into my imagination and imagine something a little bit more calming and funny, and I know that the mom who’s working full-time while her kids are running into the Zoom…she can take a little break, then get up the next morning and get back to it.
Do you have practices or anything else that grounds you, or enables you to step away from the Why did I become a veteran because football baseball and basketball only require one ball shirt Additionally,I will love this news (however briefly)? I put a strong limit on the amount of time I spend watching the news and scrolling. I pretty much engage in it first thing in the morning, then I cut myself off by 9 a.m. and spend most of the day working. Then I’ll check back with the news in the evening. After working at Full Frontal, which forced me to engage with the news 24/7, it became really important to me to put boundaries on it. One of the things about being a writer is that you sort of have to shut off your brain enough to go to a creative place, so for me, exercise or taking a walk or doing something that puts your brain in a different mode—almost tiring yourself out!—is really helpful.