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Born Broderick Steven Harvey in Welch, West Virginia, in 1956, Steve Harvey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After stints as an insurance salesman and boxer, Harvey moved to stand-up comedy and was a finalist in the 1989 Johnnie Walker Comedy Search. From 1993-2000, Harvey hosted the long-running Showtime at the Apollo. While hosting Showtime, Harvey also starred in two sitcoms: Me and the Boys from 1994-1995 and The Steve Harvey Show from 1996-2002.
Steve Harvey is part of a group of stand-up comedians known as the "Kings of Comedy," which also includes Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and the late Bernie Mac. The quartet was featured in the 2000 Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy, based around a Charlotte, North Carolina, tour stop. The movie produced a number of spin-offs, including Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Harvey has continued doing stand-up work, performing regular tours and releasing three comedy DVDs including Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet, and Still Trippin'.
Harvey is also the host of a syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which has aired in two iterations since September 2000. The first, which ran until 2005, was based out of studios in Los Angeles and Dallas. The show currently airs on 51 stations across the United States and is based out of New York City. In addition to his work in comedy, Harvey often takes part in speaking engagements and activities where he advocates academic and professional success for children and teenagers.