Steve Harvey is one very busy man. From hosting his morning radio show and his popular Daytime Talk Show, the comedian, actor and author is everywhere. AS the host of the syndicated game show “Family Feud,” Harvey puts his comedic skills and his people skills to good use in the show so successfully hosted by Richard Dawson for so many years. How does he manage to have such a good report with the family of contestants he interacts with on each show? Does he ever meet the contestants back stage? Harvey tells Daytime TV Examiner that he likes to keep it spontaneous.
“No, that’s the one thing I’ve never done,” Harvey told Examiner.com during a press call. “I don’t rehearse on either of my shows, Family Feud or my talk show. I never rehearse with the guests. I don’t want to have any preconceived thoughts, notions, because that kills my creativity as a host and as a stand up. If you go out there and prep a bunch of stuff, then everyone has got to say the line at the right time and hope you nail it.
The best timed joke or the best timed phrase comes at spontaneous moments and just relies on me as the host to be very quick, and that’s what I do. If I rehearsed it would come across as stale and not real, because I can’t depend on these regular folks, who have regular jobs, and are the core and essence of our show to be required to act, or say a thing, or say a line, or remember to say it a certain way, so I can come back with this prepared joke. I think that would ruin the show for me.”
With all of his experience in relationships, has he ever had to play mediator to any real life “family feuds” backstage?
“Well, you know, everybody ain’t happy when they lose,” says Harvey. “They get off in the back, they have some pretty heated discussions with each other, but I haven’t been called into any of that. I see it and keep moving. I don’t have The Jerry Springer Show. I just got Family Feud, but some of them families, when they lose, man, they have some real conversations with each other back behind that wall, but I’ve never been involved in any of them.”
For all of his accomplishments, Harvey reminds Hollywood hopefuls that getting to any level of success in show business is not easy.
“A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction,” Harvey advises. “You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful. Expect pitfalls, and barrels, and detour signs, and men working, and flagmen out on the road, and you got to stop and get off at an exit and go around the long way.
Most people, when that happens, they think it’s not meant to be, their success, and they turn around. Well, in essence, those are the moments that you have to fight through. You’ve got to understand that the road to success is always under construction.
And then, the other part of it that I would tell anyone is you have to tend to every minute of the day. See, I account for every minute of my day. I don’t just have time where I’m sitting around, and I don’t know where I’m going, or I don’t know what I have to do, or I’m going to just chill for four hours today. I don’t have that, and I don’t look for that during the work week. I look for filling those minutes up with effort, and if you do that, that’s your best chance, right there. There are a few other things, but those two things are imperative.”
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