Steve Harvey

America's Funniest Comedian

Who is Steve Harvey?

Steve Harvey got his start in stand-up comedy, which led to TV roles such as host of Showtime at the Apollo and the star of a WB sitcom. He was one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee Film The Original Kings of Comedy. He now hosts a syndicated radio show and the TV game show Family Feud. Comedian, actor, radio host, writer. Born Broderick Steven Harvey in Welch, West Virginia, on January 17, 1957. Steve Harvey was the youngest of five children born to Eloise and Jesse Harvey, a coal miner who passed away in 2000 of black lung disease.

When Steve Harvey was young, his family moved to Cleveland, where he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974 before heading back to his home state to attend West Virginia University. After finishing school, Harvey spent his early twenties working at a number of jobs— insurance salesman, postman, even wannabe professional boxer — without finding anything that really seemed like his true calling. Harvey eventually found that on the stage, performing standup comedy for the first time in 1985. After honing his act through several years of performances in small clubs, he came close to hitting the big time by the end of the decade, making it to the finals of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search in 1989. From there, Harvey's career really took off. In 1993, he took over as the host of Showtime at the Apollo, the fame syndicated variety show filmed at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater. Harvey would stay on Showtime at the Apollo until 2000, but his hosting duties on the iconic show were far from the only thing on his plate.