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Steve Harvey ending stand-up tours next year to focus on talk show

Steve Harvey at a Mableton K-Mart in August, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Steve Harvey at a Mableton K-Mart in August, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

With his daily talk show set to debut in the fall of 2012, Atlanta-based entertainer Steve Harvey recently told listeners he will suspend stand-up touring after his summer  Hoodie Awards.

Harvey’s associate Terrance Mohammad confirmed that Harvey will be taking a break from stand up because of a lack of time. No word yet on where his talk show will be based though Harvey hopes it will be in Atlanta since this is his home.

Harvey is already a busy man. He is currently host of “Family Feud” and heads his own morning radio show, which airs on about 60 affiliates nationwide, including Majic 107.5/97.5 locally.  He also has a new movie coming out March 9, 2012 based on his best-selling book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” The romantic comedy includes Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart.

Currently, Harvey books about two stand-up dates a month, though in his earlier days, he’d do far more. His last Atlanta stop was the Gospel Comedy Tour with gospel artist Kirk Franklin in March, 2011 at Philips Arena. His upcoming tour dates on his website include stops in D.C., Augusta, GA., Richmond, VA., Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.

On his radio show, Harvey denied rumors he’s ending his radio show because of the talk show, which is set to air locally on Fox 5 starting in September, 2012.

“This is my Jamaican background,” Harvey joked. “I don’t quit no job. No, sir. That’s not me.”

Naturally, if the talk show does not work out, Harvey can easily fall back on his established stand-up comedy for income.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

4 comments Add your comment

Mo Schreibman

November 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

To be called a comedian in the old days you had to be funny now you just have to be called Steve Harvey or that Lopez person and I mean George and not that other one. As my grandmother used say if you are trying to be funny save it for your mother she is supposed to pick you up soon so wait by the curb and maybe she will be on time for a change if that is even possible I do not know.

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pw

December 1st, 2011
8:18 am

Atlanta just has so many hateful people it’s sad.

Congratulations to comedian, entertainer, tv and film actor, show host and businessman, Steve Harvey. This man works him behind off every day and it is evident in what has manifested itself in his life. I am happy for his success and wish that I and many others had just a little of his talent but more importantly, his work ethic. Congratulations and keep moving forward – the haters will fall by the wayside from the swiftness of your forward progress.

E

December 1st, 2011
8:58 am

Yes, “pw.” It’s sad that negative comments always appear on the message boards. :)