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Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey (born November 23, 1956) is a popular African-American actor, entertainer and comedian.

Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the early 1990s, eventually leading to a long stint as host of It's Showtime at the Apollo, picking up where his friend Cedric the Entertainer left off. His success as a stand-up comedian led to The WB network giving him his own show, the top-rated Steve Harvey Show. While wildly popular in the African-American community (the show won multiple NAACP Image Awards), the show never reached critical acclaim outside of the African-American community, a point that Steve Harvey has been very critical about.

In 1997, Steve Harvey continued his work in stand-up comedy, touring as one of the Kings of Comedy, along with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. The comedy act would later be put together into a film by Spike Lee called The Original Kings of Comedy.

Following the end of his runs on Showtime at the Apollo and The Steve Harvey Show, Steve Harvey continued acting in some minor roles, but has become a major figure in many African-American functions and is a staple on BET. In addition, he has also released an audio CD of up-and-coming hip hop and R&B artists on a record label he founded and a book, Steve Harvey's Big Time. In addition, Steve Harvey hosted his own syndicated morning radio show from September 2000 till May 2005.

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