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, which ran from 1996 to 2002. 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 Steve Harvey's runs on Showtime at the Apollo and The Steve Harvey Show, 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, which is also the name of his current comedy and variety show. In addition, Harvey hosted his own syndicated morning radio show from September 2000 till May 2005. In September 2005, Harvey signed a joint syndication deal with Premiere Radio Networks and Inner City Broadcasting Corporation; his show will be based out of WBLS in New York and counts Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM in Detroit among its affiliates.
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