Omaha-native comedian Amber Ruffin, a Benson High grad, will set her new single-camera comedy at a newspaper in the town of Benson.

According to Deadline, NBC has ordered a pilot for “Village Gazette,” in which Ruffin will star as Amber, editor of the Benson Village Gazette. Amber is partial to fluffy features that highlight the inherent goodness of her hometown. But “when the newspaper owners hire a reporter who’s looking to uncover a juicy story in Benson, he threatens to unravel the happy denial Amber has been living in.”

It’s unclear where in the country the town of Benson will be located or to what degree it will reflect Ruffin’s own hometown. Ruffin could not be reached for comment, but we hope to clarify this with her at some point.

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Ruffin wrote the pilot with “Saturday Night Live” writer Shelly Gossman. “Village Gazette” is being co-produced by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s Sethmaker Shoemakers Productions, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Universal TV.

Ruffin, the official “Class Clown” of Benson High School’s class of ’96, got her start in Omaha comedy clubs and the local theater scene.

In fact, she popped up in quite a few World-Herald theater reviews. My former colleague Bob Fischbach called Ruffin a standout in his 2000 review of the production “Hellcab” at the Millennium Theater, formerly at 16th and Jackson Streets.

Ruffin spent years in various improv troupes and comedy teams. After a failed “Saturday Night Live” audition in 2014, she got a job on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and became the first black woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

Ruffin soon got to do her own segments and skits on the show, including “Amber Says What.”

Ruffin has also written for the Comedy Central series “Detroiters,” provided material for the Golden Globes and narrated a few episodes of “Drunk History.”

“Village Gazette” was a late pilot order for NBC. It’s unclear how quickly it will go into production.

Ruffin doing an “Amber Says What” segment.

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