The Higgins Boys And Gruber were three dudes (Steve Higgens, Dave Higgins and Dave "The Gruber" Allen) who would sit around, smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, tease each other and play clips from films and television shows that they would then comment on. They would also do these little skits but not in the traditional sense but more like kids playing with toys and letting their imaginations run wild. They'd have faux shows like "Gruber After Dark" where Gruber would be a talk show host and interview the Higgins Boys in various costumes. They would sometimes play songs like on their Christmas episode (which also had a bunch of hilarious skits) and did songs like "Funky Christmas" and "Funky Little Drummer Boy" where they had an faux fourth member of the group Jerry, the tambourine player, who left the group mid-song. Their songs were usually very funny. They'd occasionally have guests like Penn Gillette and The Kids In The Hall. They later used to play shows like Clutch Cargo, Supercar and films like Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams and pretend not to get any of the drug references. This show was on from late 1989 - mid 1991 - virtually the entire existence of The Comedy Channel. I used to tape it all the time. Steve Higgins is now a writer/producer for SNL and frequently pops up as an audience member during hosts monologues. Dave Higgins went on to be on Ellen and Malcom (whom their other brother Alan writes for). And The Gruber has had bit parts in lots of great comedies (Mr. Show, Arrested Development). In a perfect world the best bits from the show (like when Steve was quarantined to a small part of the set) would all come out on DVD. A great show from a channel full of great interesting programming. The Comedy Channel went on to be The Comedy Network (i.e. The great HA! merge) and then Comedy Central.
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