I slept in my car for 3 years
“Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, ‘This is too much,’ I had it on several occasions.”
But when he first quit his job to take a chance at being a comedian, he found himself separated from his wife, on his own and living on as little as $50 a week.
“That was an ugly period, just very painful,” he says of becoming homeless in the late ’80s. Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, ‘This is too much,’ ” Harvey says. “I had it on several occasions.”
Success shortly followed, with Harvey landing a high-profile gig performing on Showtime at the Apolloin 1993, and eventually, a sitcom, and a spot on Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac’s Original Kings of Comedy tour.
Even now, though, with a happy marriage and family life, as well as his status as a television mainstay, Harvey says he can’t slow down.
“I’m running from homelessness,” he shares. “I can’t ever be in that position again. If my show gets canceled, I’ve got three more. I don’t have any free time, but I have 12 jobs.”