“It’s not a popularity contest, it’s what your community thinks of you,” Harvey said as he arrived on the red carpet.
Later, his longtime buddy Cedric the Entertainer surprised him on stage when it was time for the presentation.
Afterwards, the two cut up back stage for a few minutes.
“If I told you some of the road stories y’all wouldn’t have given me the Pinacle Award or any kind of award,” Harvey cracked, referring to their time touring with the Original Kings of Comedy tour.
Fans can rejoice that he has no plans to slow down.
“I look forward to the day when I can be rich and retire,” he said. “Our problem is we’re still buying stuff. I’m still shopping!”
We scored about a 30-second interview with Cedric, trotting along with him as he made his way to his waiting car. He said comedy always has its place in society, especially as the country confronts serious issues like conflicts abroad and economic troubles here.
“My Halloween costume last year is I was a foreclosure sign,” he quipped, launching into an impromptu bit. “I’d just stand in people’s yards and they’d come out and go, ‘Oh, Jesus!’ ”
The Trumpet Awards, honoring achievements by African Americans, also saluted Frankie Beverly, Judge Clarence Cooper, Dr. Farrah Gray, Rev. Jim Holley, Don Jackson, Clarence Otis Jr., John W. Rogers Jr., Synthia St. James and Gen. William E. Ward.
The Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Lowery were honored for their civil rights work, although he was unable to attend. The AJC has since learned he’s been hospitalized with breathing problems.
- Jennifer Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org