Performing at a sold out MGM Grand, Las Vegas August 2, 2012, legendary comedian-turned-author, actor, and all-around media conglomerate Steve Harvey called it quits — from live stand-up performances.
Harvey, who has enjoyed a highly successful show business career for nearly 30 years, retired from the thing that brought him fame — stand-up.
During his self-proclaimed final stand-up comedy show, Harvey hit us with what has been his M.O. since his early days –Â Leaving Everything Funny On The Stage.
True to his lengthy run as one of the nation’s most beloved comics, Harvey under-scored his wild romp around comedic bits with some themes that have always managed to come through loud and clear — themes that speak to the passions of a man who may be a comic, but is certainly no joke.
Harvey revealed that it was the support of his father during a childhood incident made all the difference in the world. Thus, it stands to reason that one of Harvey’s recurring refrains during his three decades worth of shows has been a call for parents to be parents. Harvey’s life off stage reflects this same commitment in a multiplicity of ways, not the least of which is his legendary work with mentoring programs across the U.S. And from that, and other such work, Harvey will still be going full speed ahead. Just don’t expect to see him on stage live, cracking jokes.
Harvey, author of the national best-selling book-turned-movie,Â Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man,shared that he wrote the book as advice for his daughters. Harvey has been giving straight talk advice to his audience for 27-years — and not only advice on relationships.
“Seeing him up there was nostalgic,” said Brandi Harvey, commenting on her father’s last show. “I can remember as a child going to see him; my sister and I use to watch my dad perform live, the ups and downs, before he became such a success.”
“I just want to thank everybody for 27 years of love and support and God willing I’ll do 27 more, it just won’t be at this. But I really just want to thank everyone!”, Steve expressed at the close of his last performance.
Harvey will certainly be around in many other shapes and forms. When fans take in a show at comedy stages around the country and wonder where the humor with heart went, they will remember that the great Steve Harvey, one of the original kings of comedy, rocked his last live MIC, August 2, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada; and he will be missed.
reported by Black Voices