Steve Higgins

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Steve Higgins
Born (1963-08-13) August 13, 1963 (age 60)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1988–present
GenresSketch comedy, observational comedy, political satire, social satire
Ellen Higgins
(m. 1993)
Relative(s)David Anthony Higgins (brother)
Alan J. Higgins (brother)
John Higgins (son)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Higgins Boys and Gruber

Steve Higgins (born August 13, 1963) is an American writer, producer, announcer, actor, and comedian. Higgins has served as the announcer of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014, and as a writer and producer of Saturday Night Live since 1995. Prior to The Tonight Show, he was the announcer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. Early in his career, he was part of the sketch comedy trio The Higgins Boys and Gruber, who had their own eponymous sketch series on Comedy Central from 1989 to 1991.

Early life[edit]

Higgins was born on August 13, 1963, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Marian (née Coppola) and Harold Higgins, who managed the custodial operations in West Des Moines schools.[1] He was one of five children, including his brothers David and Alan. Higgins formed the comedy troupe "Don't Quit Your Day Job," with brothers David and Alan and friend Dave "Gruber" Allen.[1] Country music star David Allen Coe was also seen playing Iowa backwoods clubs during this time period, causing much confusion among fans and promoters and leading to some embarrassing double bookings of Coe and Gruber or of Coe and Higgins. The comedy troupe did make it through these times with Dave Allen at the helm. They performed at notable places in Iowa including the Hotel Kirkwood, Corky's, and the Spaghetti Works.[2]


They eventually moved to California, where they started performing in Los Angeles[3] and soon got their big break on the Comedy Central sketch comedy series The Higgins Boys and Gruber.[4][5] Following a very lean year after their third year performing the group was suddenly relegated to selling donated "merch" at yard sales in the Mississippi backwoods. These forays into sales usually netted the group lunch money or at least Vienna sausage money.

In 1989, Higgins performed at The Vic Theatre in Chicago for HBO's One Night Stand television series, along with his brother Dave, and Gruber.[6] Alongside Nick Bakay, Higgins performed in 1993 at the Girly Magazine Party show at Theatre/Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles. They played "a sleazoid male chauvinist comedy duo who exchange off-color ethnic jokes and prance around in suits and ties like Steve Martin on PCP". His brother, Dave, performed in the show and in a separate act. 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".[7] Soon after, Higgins went on to become a writer for the short-lived MTV programs Trashed and The Jon Stewart Show.[8]

From 1995 to 1997, Higgins was the co-head writer of Saturday Night Live. Since 1997, he has served on the writing staff of the show, and since 1996, he has served as a producer of the show.[9][10] In 2000 he played the inspirational AV teacher in the last episode of Freaks and Geeks. 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.[11] In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, former Saturday Night Live writer Michael Schur revealed that 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]

From 2009 to 2014, Higgins served as announcer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. When Jimmy Fallon was selected by NBC to succeed Jay Leno, Higgins was brought on as announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. From 2013 to 2015, Higgins voiced Mr. Awesome in the Hulu original series The Awesomes. He voiced the character "Chadwick the Edible Blargmonger" in the 2014 animated special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.[13] In 2017, he won an Emmy for his work on SNL.

In July 2015, while Jimmy Fallon was recovering from surgery after suffering a serious injury to his finger, Higgins was hospitalized for Lyme disease. He returned to the Tonight Show fully recovered and on the same night as Fallon's return.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b Longden, Tom (November 4, 2004). "Famous Iowans - David Anthony Higgins". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Curtis, Jared (February 23, 2012). "A laughing matter". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Shirley, Don (September 9, 1988). "Testing Negative' at McCadden Place; Comedy-Improv Group at Cast; 'Supreme Bean' at Haunted Studios; 'Thorns of Fire' at Act One Stage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "Questions & Answers". Akron Beacon Journal. March 17, 1996.
  5. ^ Rhodes, Joe (January 14, 2007). "It's Like 'Hee Haw', Only Nakeder". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Tucker, Ernest (December 3, 1989). "Look back in laughter: Is the comedy boom just about to go bust?". Chicago Sun-Times.
  7. ^ Leader, Jody (May 7, 1993). "At This Party, Sleazy Does It". Daily News of Los Angeles.
  8. ^ Mendoza, N.F. (August 2, 1995). "Ellen's Resident Cynic Hopeful About Career". The Plain Dealer.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Fallon's Behind The Scenes Talent". Radar. February 17, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (February 19, 2009). "Jimmy Fallon Lines Up First Guests". Zap2It. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  11. ^ "60th Primetime Emmy Awards". Emmy Awards. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  12. ^ Adams, Erik (June 19, 2012). "Showrunner Michael Schur on building Parks And Recreation's fourth season (Part 2 of 5)". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Jim Parsons To Star In Animated 'Elf' Holiday Special On NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. October 24, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Kimberly Truong (July 14, 2015). "Here's how Jimmy Fallon almost lost his finger". Mashable.
  15. ^ Stark, Phyllis (July 15, 2013). "Jimmy Fallon nearly lost finger in kitchen accident". Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2023.

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