Steve Harvey got his start in stand-up comedy, which resulted in TV characters including host of Showtime at the Apollo as well as the star of a WB sitcom. He was among the four comics featured in the Spike Lee Movie The Original Kings of Comedy. He now hosts a syndicated radio show as well as the TV game show Family Feud.
Comic, actor, radio host, writer. Created Broderick Steven Harvey in Welch, West Virginia, on January 17, 1957.
After finishing school, Harvey spent his early twenties working in several occupations— insurance salesman, postman, even wannabe professional fighter — without finding anything that actually looked like his real calling. Harvey finally found that around the stage, performing standup comedy for the very first time in 1985.
From that point, Harvey’s career really took off. Harvey would remain on Showtime at the Apollo until 2000, but his hosting duties on the iconic show were far in the sole thing on his plate.
In 1996, he got his own situation comedy, The Steve Harvey Show, to the fledgling WB network. Some of the few programs to gain any traction whatsoever on the WB before the development of Dawson’s Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Steve Harvey Show got a loyal following among a largely African American audience and remained on the air until 2002.
Harvey and his three sidekicks became national stars, a standing just heightened from the launch of Spike Lee’s 2000 documentary, The Original Kings of Comedy, which gained the highlights of a two-night show in North Carolina before a extremely excited crowd. Buffs who viewed the show on screen believed exactly the same manner; the movie, which cost just $3 million to make, eventually brought in more than $38 million in the box office.
While Harvey’s character as the Kings of Comedy’s M.C. stays the most iconic performance of his profession, the comic used the recognition that came from the film as the base upon which to construct a virtual one man multimedia conglomerate.
In 2000, he started a daily talk radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Initially aired just in La and Dallas, the show eventually got national syndication as well as a Nyc main. It now airs every day on dozens of stations nationally. Harvey won Radio & Records magazine’s national Syndicated Personality/Show of the Entire Year award in 2007.
Even while transforming himself into an important radio personality, Harvey continued to pursue work in standup and acting as well. The Steve Harvey Show on the WB went off the air following a six-year run in 2002, but Harvey shortly took on different jobs. He hosted a short lived reality show competition, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, which aired on the WB from 200305.
Ultimately, and possibly most out of the blue, in 2009 Harvey became a bestselling writer of relationship guidance publications. Growing out of a section on his radio show where he served up hilariously frank guidance to girls callers frustrated within their relationships with guys, Harvey’s novels appear to be in line with the overall principle that men are dogs as well as girls should treat them so. While critics blown off Harvey’s guidance as little more than the usual number of overblown stereotypes, supporters took to his frank, comedic way of self help for the lovelorn. Both Harvey’s introduction, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (2009), and its followup, Straight Talk, No Chaser (2010), broke onto bestseller lists.
In 2010, Harvey won another iconic TV character, taking over as host of the venerable game show Family Feud. On Family Feud, Harvey found a really agreeable market. Not only does he get to flash his quick brain and try out new stuff on a national crowd, however he also extends to work with regular folks. “The producers are going, ‘Wow, you actually learn the best way to take care of regular folks,’ and yeah, because actually I simply got this cash I got lately,” Harvey explains. “I have been an regular man for 38 years.” He appreciates appearing on screen alongside normal folks, saying he adores “seeing regular people become stars to get a day.”
He loves spending time together with his big, blended family (his present wife, Marjorie Bridge Harvey, whom he wed in 2007, brought three preceding kids of her own into their union).
Harvey describes his present concentrate on family and charity: “I am 53, I am thinking in regards to the responsibility of being a true dad, and my listeners, and I Have only gotten to an area where it is got to be more than jokes. I know it sounds corny, but I am beginning actually to consider my entire life when it comes to ‘What are they going to say about me?’ Do I need it only to be said this man was a king of Humor? Well, it is inadequate. Been there, done that. The feeling of needing to do something significant is upon me now.”