Laughing in the Face of Adversity

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The comedian, “Family Feud” host, and bestselling author says his expert advice on success comes from his life’s many failures. CBS NEWS

Article written by Special Correspondent James Brown | CBS News

“It took many years — and a lot of hard work — for Steve Harvey to get where he is. And he’s not about to take any of it for granted,” according to CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown.

Steve Harvey arguably is one of the hottest daytime stars in show business right now. Last year, he won not one, but two Daytime Emmys as host of “Family Feud” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Harvey said, “I tape 180 shows in 34 weeks, and then as soon as I’m done, I go home to Atlanta to tape ‘Family Feud.’ In eight weeks I tape 185 shows. Then on the radio, I do 240 live shows a year.”

Brown asked Harvey about his appeal across the racial spectrum. “It is that I’m transparent,” Harvey replied. “My color’s not a crutch. See, funny crosses a lot of color barriers. I’m going to take this God-given gift of being funny and I’m going to spread it out like peanut butter on everything I do.”

God and manhood are two constant themes in Harvey’s life — a life that has had a lot of ups and an equal amount of downs. He dropped out of college, and worked in a series of menial jobs, from assembly line worker to carpet cleaner, before he found his calling.

Brown asked, “What in the world pushed you into standup comedy?”

“I had, like, 11 jobs. I’ve been fired 11 times!” Harvey¬†laughed. “Cause I’m not cut for that. You know, I was a great employee, man. Everybody loved me coming to work — I’m singing, tellin’ jokes on the assembly line. I was miserable, man. I was dying. I was dying. Because I always knew, man, that this was not my life. That there had to be more to this than that.”

So Harvey took a leap of faith — and trusted his gift.


Thanks to James Brown for writing the article; CBS News for committing its resources to the article; Steve Harvey for sharing his story about overcoming adversity; Google for helping me find the article; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

1 Comment

  1. No Harvey, I watch TV. quite often. Yeah…I like that in your program there is always laughter. I truly hope that there are just the normal sad things in your life as others…but that most of your life is made beautiful because of your joking mannerism…thank you for your show…The family feud…I find it very entertaining…

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