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Steve Harvey To Leave Stand-up Comedy To Host New NBC Talk Show

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From the New York Post:

The comedian Steve Harvey has a nationally syndicated morning radio show. He’s the host of “Family Feud.” A movie based on his bestselling dating advice book is due out in March. He still does about 25 dates of stand-up a year.

And yet all this, he said, is “the calm before the storm.”

Next fall, NBC plans to begin airing his new daytime talk show, which Harvey envisions with an emphasis on “everyday people” rather than celebrities, variety-show elements such as singing contests and an overall feel he described as ” ‘Oprah’ with a sense of humor.”

“I think it’s going to get absolutely crazy,” he predicted.

He has good reason to be optimistic. Harvey, 54, has been a working comedian for half his life, ever since he quit his job after performing at a Cleveland club’s amateur night. He hasn’t exactly toiled in obscurity — he toured as one of the “Kings of Comedy” with Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley, an act featured in the 2000 Spike Lee film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He starred in “The Steve Harvey Show” on the WB from 1996 to 2002, and his radio show has lasted more than a decade.

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