Late Night with Seth Meyers, Amber Ruffin, Jenny HagelPhoto: Screenshot
A slice on Late Night with Seth Meyers pokes fun at the idea that LGBTQ TV and movie characters are often killed off.
The “bury your gays” trope, as it’s called, is especially true for lesbian and bisexual female characters. The writers poked fun at it in a segment called “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” in which he brings in two of his female writers, Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel, who are black and gay respectively, to tell jokes that would be inappropriate coming from a straight, white man.
Midway through the segment, Myers says, “Hey Jenny, what’s the difference between a lesbian rom-com and a straight rom-com?”
Hagel replies, “In straight rom-coms, everyone survives.”
The camera then zooms in on Hagel.
“Hi guys, Jenny Hagel here,” she continues. “I don’t know if you know this, but in lesbian movies and TV shows, lesbians always die. Everytime. I may not live to the end of this segment.
At the end of the segment, Hagel is lying face down on the desk with a dagger sticking out of his back, while Ruffin shouts, “My friend! My gay, gay friend!
“It’s for the best,” jokes Myers.
The segment also included a joke in which Seth brought up a study that found lesbian medical students had higher burnout rates than straight female students.
“Because it’s hard to do all these studies and take care of 5 dogs,” retorts Hagel.
In addition to writing for Meyers, Hagel and Ruffin also serve as executive producers. The Amber Ruffin show, which Ruffin also hosts.