Steve Higgins

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Steve Higgins
Born (1963-08-13) August 13, 1963 (age 51)
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Occupation Comedian, writer, announcer
Years active 1988–present

Steve Higgins (born August 13, 1963) is an American writer, producer, announcer, actor, and comedian.

Higgins' start in entertainment was as one of the creators, stars, and writers of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series The Higgins Boys and Gruber;[1] he also was the head writer for the short-lived The Jon Stewart Show

Higgins was the co-head writer of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1997. Since 1997, he has served on the writing staff of the show, and since 1996, he has served as a producer of the show.[2][3] Higgins served as announcer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for its entire run, from 2009 to 2014. Since 2014, he has served as the announcer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Life and career[edit]

Steve Higgins was born on August 13, 1963 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Marian (née Coppola) Higgins and Harold Higgins, who managed the custodial operations in West Des Moines schools.[4] Along with his brothers David Anthony Higgins and Alan Higgins, and actor Dave Allen, he toured in the comedy troupe Don't Quit Your Day Job[4] and performed at notable places in Iowa including the Hotel Kirkwood, Gabe's, and the Spaghetti Works.[5] They eventually moved to California where they started performing in Los Angeles[6] and soon got their big break on The Higgins Boys and Gruber. In the early 1990s, Higgins was a writer for the MTV programs Trashed and The Jon Stewart Show.[7] He has been nominated for several Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2008, for his work on Saturday Night Live and as a writer.[8]

In addition to being a television series, The Higgins Boys and Gruber was also a sketch comedy trio featuring the Higgins brothers (Steve & David Anthony Higgins) and comedian Dave Gruber Allen.[9] In 1989, Higgins performed at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois for HBO's One Night Stand television series, along with his brother Dave, and Gruber.[10] With Nick Bakay, Higgins performed at the Girly Magazine Party show at Theatre/Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 1993, acting as "a sleazoid male chauvinist comedy duo who exchange off-color ethnic jokes and prance around in suits and ties like Steve Martin on acid". His brother, Dave, performed in the show and in a separate act. Steve Higgins was praised for his ability of knowing "when to go over the top and when to rein it in", and how he was able to be "acutely tuned in to the comings and goings around them and know how to play off each other".[11]

In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, The Office and Parks and Recreation co-creator and former SNL writer Michael Schur revealed that Steve Higgins was the inspiration for the Parks and Recreation character Andy Dwyer after Higgins would playfully fight with him when they worked together at SNL.[12]

Since 2013 Higgins has voiced Mr. Awesome in the Hulu original series The Awesomes.


  1. ^ Rhodes, Joe (2007-01-14). "It’s Like ‘Hee Haw,’ Only Nakeder". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Fallon's Behind The Scenes Talent". Radar. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  3. ^ Porter, Rick (2009-02-19). "Jimmy Fallon Lines Up First Guests". Zap2It. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  4. ^ a b Longden, Tom (2004-11-04). "Famous Iowans - David Anthony Higgins". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  5. ^ Curtis, Jared (2012-02-23). "A laughing matter". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  6. ^ Shirley, Don (1988-09-09). "Testing Negative' at McCadden Place; Comedy-Improv Group at Cast; 'Supreme Bean' at Haunted Studios; 'Thorns of Fire' at Act One Stage". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  7. ^ Mendoza, N. F. (1995-08-02). "Ellen's Resident Cynic Hopeful About Career". The Plain Dealer. 
  8. ^ "60th Primetime Emmy Awards". Emmy Awards. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Questions & Answers". Akron Beacon Journal. 1996-03-17. 
  10. ^ Tucker, Ernest (1989-12-03). "Look back in laughter: Is the comedy boom just about to go bust?". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  11. ^ Leader, Jody (1993-05-07). "At This Party, Sleazy Does It". Daily News of Los Angeles. 
  12. ^ Adams, Erik (2012-06-19). "Showrunner Michael Schur on building Parks And Recreation’s fourth season (Part 2 of 5)". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 

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Preceded by
Joel Godard
Late Night announcer
March 2, 2009 – February 7, 2014
Succeeded by
Ron McClary
Preceded by
Wally Wingert
The Tonight Show announcer
February 17, 2014 – present
Succeeded by