Steve Harvey, who performs Saturday at James Brown Arena, began his career as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1980s. Although hes cutting back his gigs, he said the careful application of humor is important to everything he does.
He said comedy is powerful, because it makes meaningful messages easier to deliver.
Its something I learned from Bill Cosby, he said. He had me to his house in 1993 and he told me that if you can make a person laugh, you can sell them anything. Thats when you can slide in a message, say a lot of stuff.
You can learn more about Mr. Harvey in a profile by entertainment reporter Steve Uhles in the Applause section on Thursday.