He was a finalist in the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search performing on April 16, 1990, eventually leading to a long stint as host of It's Showtime at the Apollo, succeeding Mark Curry in that role.
His success as a stand-up comedian led to a starring role on the ABC show Me and the Boys in 1994.
In December 2015, Harvey hosted the Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas.
Upon announcing the final results, he mistakenly named the first runner-up, Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as the winner.
Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010.
Harvey also hosted Celebrity Family Feud, where celebrities compete for a chance to donate up to ,000 to their favorite charity.
Harvey is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man.
He defended his decision, citing that it would help spark positive changes.
A few minutes after she was crowned, Harvey announced that he had read the results incorrectly and that Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, was the new Miss Universe.
Harvey also hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, telling the Miss Universe Organization that he wanted to personally apologize to the Filipinos for the incident that occurred in the last Miss Universe pageant he hosted.
The show aired for six weeks during the summer of 2015 and ten weeks in 2016 on ABC.
In November 2016, Steve Harvey was cancelled, and it was announced that Harvey had reached a deal with IMG to produce a new syndicated talk show in Los Angeles with NBCUniversal.