His success as a stand-up comedian led to a starring role on the ABC show Me and the Boys in 1994.He would later star on the WB network show, The Steve Harvey Show, which ran from 1996 to 2002.“A man doesn’t have any problem at all dating several or a wide variety of people until he finds the right one,” Harvey says.“A lot of women have that biological clock that ticks in them.” Harvey says that his expertise in dating comes from his failed relationships.Harvey launched a clothing line which featured a line of dress wear. He had appeared in the 2003 movie The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. He achieved further critical and commercial success through his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and its subsequent cinematic follow-up Think Like a Man, an ensemble romantic comedy depicting characters taking advice on dating from the book.In 2008, Harvey hosted the Disney Dreamers Academy, a teen-focused personal and professional enrichment event that took place January 17–20, 2008, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.He released a hip hop and R&B CD on a record label he founded, and authored the book Steve Harvey's Big Time.
Harvey says he learned to navigate the dating world through past mistakes."I've come to learn in life that failure is a wonderful teacher," Harvey said.
Asked about the source of his wisdom, Harvey says, “The majority of mine came from failure, to be honest with you.
I’ve come to learn in my life that failure’s a wonderful teacher.
Harvey first performed stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985, at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
In the late 1980s Harvey was homeless for multiple years.
He slept in his 1976 Ford when not performing gigs that provided a hotel, and he showered at gas stations or swimming pool showers.