Born in Welch, West Virginia on January 17, 1956, Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate personified whose career began doing stand-up in the mid-1980s. His success as a comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, multiple TV shows and movies, assorted acting roles, and to hosting, writing and producing.
Steve starred on the big screen in such movies as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, You
Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Madea Goes to Jail. This year, he’s
celebrating his 12th year as longtime host of BET’s Celebration of Gospel.
In 1997, he toured as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric The Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. That led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy concert films in history – The Original Kings of Comedy – directed by Spike Lee.
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