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Steve Harvey in town to promote new TV show

7/18/2012, 11:38 a.m.
Comedian and best-selling author Steve Harvey visited Boston to promote his new daytime television show, premiering on WCVB Channel  5 at 10 a.m. on September 4.  Harvey posed with (L-R):  Darryl Settles, owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, where the special VIP taping took place, “CityLine” Host Karen Holmes Ward and WCVB-TV General Manager Bill Fine.

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Comedian and best-selling author Steve Harvey visited Boston to promote his new daytime television show, premiering on WCVB Channel  5 at 10 a.m. on September 4.  Harvey posed with (L-R):  Darryl Settles, owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, where the special VIP taping took place, “CityLine” Host Karen Holmes Ward and WCVB-TV General Manager Bill Fine.

Steve Harvey in town to promote new TV show

Jacquinn Williams

Comedian Steve Harvey knew a long time ago what he wanted to do with his life.

“I decided when I was 9 years old [to be a comedian], but my parents never came to that decision,” he said to the audience at Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen on Columbus Avenue. Harvey was in town doing a live taping of “CityLine” with WCVB Channel 5’s Karen Holmes Ward in anticipation of his new daytime talk show, “Steve Harvey,” which debuts September 4. Though he will book some celebrity guests on the show, he said “regular folks are best.”

Harvey—now a bestselling author, actor, radio show host, and philanthropist—used to stutter severely. Growing up, no one believed that the tongue-tied young man would end up a top-notch comedian.

“It took me 27 years,” he shared. “The first time I tried stand-up I won an amateur night. The next day I went into my job and quit.” He made $50 that night.

That first month, Harvey earned $125 making people laugh, and that first year he says he made $3,000. Despite his struggles in the beginning, giving up was something he just wouldn’t do. For him, comedy is “almost a necessity.”

He loves it, and when he is doing a good job of it, “it’s indescribable.”

Harvey grew up in Cleveland and admits to getting into his fair share of trouble. ‘The Relationship Guru,’ a title he claims he was forced to carry, is on his third marriage and can clearly recall being homeless and dirt poor.

When he was younger and still playing the field, Harvey said he used to “sleep with his cell phone duct-taped” to his thigh.  He juggled women and was still collecting numbers at 40.

Some have given him flack for the success he’s garnered with his two books “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man” and book-turned-movie, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”

Harvey says he’s no expert in relationships, but he is an expert on how men think and behave. “I’ve been practicing being a man my whole life,” he said.

He only wrote the books for his daughters, he told the crowd. He wanted to have something to give them that would help them navigate the dating landscape. “I just didn’t know I had 3 million daughters out there,” he said of the success of his books.

He’s done well hosting “Showtime at the Apollo” and “The Family Feud,” and acting in “Me and the Boys,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Fighting Temptations” and the “Johnson Family Vacation,” as well as doing stand-up in the notoriously funny “The Original Kings of Comedy” with D.L. Hughley, the late Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer.

“Our objective is to make you laugh [so hard] you almost throw up,” said Harvey.

His big personality and humor are on full display during his radio show “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” which airs 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and is “syndicated everywhere but Boston.”