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On its fourth episode of the season six, OWN’s Oprah’s Master Class sat down with comedian and television personality Steve Harvey.
Born in Welch, West Virginia and raised in Cleveland, the 60-year-old has always loved comedy and made it his mission to bring the funny throughout his career. Currently Harvey hosts his own radio show, daytime talk show and is the host of Family Feud. But with the funny, has come struggle and controversy that he still grapples with today.
“My whole goal growing up was for my mother and father to be proud of me,” he says on the program. “It’s a funny thing, now I want my children to be proud of me… I want my kids to take chances. Don’t stand on this cliff playing safe. Get out there and try.”
He also shares encouraging words for those trying to make it in comedy.
“When you feel like giving up, don’t. When you’re thinking about giving up, don’t. When it look like you aint ‘gon make it, keep going. When they tell you you can’t, come on man, who are they?… You’ve got to be relentless.”
The roster for this season of Oprah’s Master Class includes Kevin Hart, Tyler Perry, Lynn Whitfield, LL Cool J, Shaquille O’Neal, Usher and R&B legend and the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight.
The new episode of Oprah’s Master Class airs on Saturday, September 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network