Steve Higgins

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Steve Higgins
Born(1963-08-13) August 13, 1963 (age 50)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
OccupationComedian, writer, announcer
Years active1988–present
 
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Steve Higgins
Born(1963-08-13) August 13, 1963 (age 50)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
OccupationComedian, writer, announcer
Years active1988–present

Steve Higgins (born August 13, 1963) is an American writer and comedian. He is the announcer for the NBC late-night talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[1]

Higgins was best known as one of the stars and creators of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series The Higgins Boys and Gruber.[2] Since 1995, he's had an association with Saturday Night Live in mostly behind-the-scenes roles as writer and producer.[1][3]

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 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, California 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 after Higgins would playfully fight with him when they worked together at SNL.[12]

Now Higgins voices Mr. Awesome in the Hulu original series The Awesomes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jimmy Fallon's Behind The Scenes Talent". Radar. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  2. ^ Rhodes, Joe (2007-01-14). "It’s Like ‘Hee Haw,’ Only Nakeder". The New York Times. 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". desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  5. ^ Curtis, Jared (2012-02-23). "A laughing matter". dmcityview.com. 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". latimes.com. 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)". avclub.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 

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Preceded by
Joel Godard
Late Night announcer
March 2, 2009–present
Succeeded by
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