Legendary comedian and TV show host Steve Harvey is known for captivating audiences with his quick wit and sharp dressing. Aside from his expansive stand up and acting career, Harvey is known for starring on his eponymous talk show, Steve Harvey on NBC, hosting on CBS’ Family Feud, and designing his own line of suits. Needless to say, the Browns fan is nothing short of busy, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
We sat down with Harvey on-set in Chicago to chat about how to handler hecklers, the unexpected color he’d make NFL referees wear, and his picks for NFL week 13.
As a Browns fan, what’s your opinion on the Bengals’ success this season?
Well I’ll be honest with you, I’m older now, I have learned not to die every Sunday with the Browns. I pull for the Bengals a little bit, and it hurts me, [but] I pull for them because, they got the same colors, you know, they stole all that from the Browns when Paul Brown was on there, so he took our colors home.
How does the crowd’s energy affect your performance as a comedian?
That’s everything for me as a comedian. I’m not a comic, I’m a comedian so I work for the audience in front of me, to get the results from them. If I see their facial expressions and they laugh at a certain level then I crank it up, I keep going, they dictate to me where we go from here.
How do you deal with hecklers?
Well heckling me is really not in your best interest, if you think you’re just going to be a part of the show, just going to throw your little dart at the stage and you’re in the show and then you’re out … there’s a penalty for that. I have a warm relationship with my hecklers, I don’t act like they’re not there. I remind them, nobody paid to see you, they paid to see me, so now I’m going to show you why they came here to see me.
You have your own line of suits, why is it important for guys to dress well?
I was told by my mother when I was little boy, every woman, every single woman loves a well dressed man. When you put a suit on for your girl, it ups your brownie points by 65%, instantly. You get 65% more cred with your girl if you just dress up [and] that’s all I need to hear. It’s just, it’s my brand.
If you designed a suit for NFL referees to wear during games, what would it look like?
I’d make them wear all pink, pink suits. I get two things [out of that]: first of all, that’s how I feel about them sometimes, like they should have on pink, and then like at the same time we can bring about a lot of attention for breast cancer awareness, and I’m all for that. So we can knock out two birds with one stone, always empower women.