In comedy, youâ€™re pretty much put out to pasture by the time youâ€™re 50. Thatâ€™s certainly not the case for one of the â€œOriginal Kings of Comedyâ€ Steve Harvey. With his new daytime talk show on NBC and his host gig on the nationally syndicated game show Family Feud, Harveyâ€™s doing double duty on TV. Factor in his top-rated morning radio show boasting a listenership of 7 million, best-selling books Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (recently transformed into a No. 1 movie) and a fashion line with K&G, and youâ€™re looking at a multipronged media maverick. And heâ€™s 55.
Not too shabby for Broderick Steven Harvey, a former Ford Motor Company plant worker whoâ€™s not ashamed to tell his own rags-to-riches-back-to-rags-to riches story (after he left a successful six-season run of WBâ€™s The Steve Harvey Show, he only had $1,700 in the bank). Though he recently retired from stand-up, the happily married father of seven is showing no signs of slowing down.
I amâ€¦ a positive person. Iâ€™m an enjoyable person. When Iâ€™m doing my thing as a comedian and itâ€™s at the expense of something or someone, people take that as being mean, but it is the business Iâ€™m in.
Comedy isâ€¦ not what it used to be. Look back to when I was coming up on Def [Comedy] Jam. It was me, Bernie [Mac], Cedric [The Entertainer], Bill Bellamy, Simply Marvelous, D.L. [Hughley], Adele Givens, Sheryl Underwood, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Damon Wayans, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, and the list goes on and on and on. You had to be a lot funnier back then because the competition was great.
My new talk show is unique… because of its male perspective, which is missing from daytime television.
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