Armed with a wicked grin and a sense of humor that could pinball from folksy to salty within the same breath, Steve Harvey was among the most popular stand-up comics of the late 1990s and new millennium, and as such, parlayed his success into a variety of entertainment venues - from film and television to host of his own syndicated radio program. Like Bill Cosby and Robin Harris before him, Harvey was a keen observer of small-scale dramas within the African-American community - clashes of style and intent between churchg rs, neighbors and family members - and his material was honed through years of club dates before receiving its biggest showcase in Spike Lee's feature "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000). A major hit, it paved the way for Harvey to become a TV star with "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB, 1996-2002) and enjoy a modest career in features like "Johnson Family Vacation" and "You Got Served." But rather than pursue either medium, Harvey turned to radio, where his comedy - and considerable philanthropic pursuits - could receive a broad and largely unfiltered canvas. As both a performer and agent for positive change within his community, Harvey was among the most powerful and influential in the entertainment industry.