Steve Harvey Quitting Stand-Up, Launching Daytime Talk Show

The entertainer describes it as "Oprah, with a sense of humor."

Posted: 12/07/2011 11:15 AM EST
Steve Harvey quitting stand-up

A nationally syndicated morning radio show, a long-standing game show franchise, two best-selling books (one of which is now a major motion picture) and more than two dozen stand-up dates per year: all of this is just the opening act for Steve Harvey's main event.

The comedian and all-around entertainer announced this week that he will launch a new daytime talk show on NBC starting next fall, reports the New York Post. He describes the show, which he says will have an emphasis on "everyday people" rather than celebrities, as "Oprah, with a sense of humor."

“I think it’s going to get absolutely crazy,” Harvey predicted, though he did indicate he will take stand-up off his plate to make room for his ambitious new endeavor. "It’s been a complete joy to stand on the stage and tell jokes, but I don’t want to be 60, hoping people buy a ticket to come see me,” he says. “It’s tough, because stand-up is really dear to me. I know it is the thing that led to all of this—the movies, the TV shows. I always know that it comes back to that core gift of being able to make people laugh.”

The talk show will be the fulfillment of a long-standing dream for Harvey, who worked on the margins of the comedy scene for years before breaking through to major success with Black audiences. Now, he will have the chance to reach a larger, mainstream audience by filling the void left by Oprah in the network talk show scene since her departure from the airwaves last May.

 

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