After more than 27 years in stand-up comedy, Steve Harvey will headline his final stand-up show on Thursday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The two-hour performance concludes a cross-country farewell comedy tour.
Harvey hosts Family Feud and the radio program The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and he was named last month as a 2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree for radio.
The comedian toured alongside Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer as one of the Kings of Comedy (on which Spike Lee’s 2000 documentary The Original Kings of Comedy centered), and he achieved widespread fame with the WB’s 1996 sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, which ran for six seasons.
He’s built a media empire, penning bestselling books -- one of which inspired this year’s film Think Like A Man -- creating a variety show (the WB’s Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge, which ran from 2003-2005) and taking roles in films including Madea Goes to Jail and 2003’s The Fighting Temptations, alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé.
Next up after his final stand-up performance, Harvey will host a syndicated daytime TV talk show, Steve Harvey, which debuts Sept. 4.
“The road to this final show has been an amazing journey, doing stand-up for the past 27 years, and I can’t thank fans enough after reflecting on all those years on stage,” Harvey said in a statement, promising that his final performance “will be bigger than any show I’ve done so far.”
The entertainer’s final performance will kick off this year’s Ford Hoodie Awards, a four-day annual show co-founded by Harvey that honors local businesses, schools and religious and community leaders.
The performance will air live on Pay-Per-View, and fans will be able to access the show on Pay-Per-View and Video On Demand for several months following. Cable’s Free On Demand category also features a conversation with Harvey and rare clips of his stand-up comedy.