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Steve Harvey loses it

Comic and daytime host breaks down over birthday surprise in viral video

By Corey Levitan Jan 23, 2013 10:50AM

Laughs are what Steve Harvey usually mines from his audiences. But only tears came during a recent episode of the comedian's syndicated TV talk show.

As a 56th birthday surprise, Harvey's producers located a couple without whose support Harvey might have gone on cleaning carpets for a living instead of entertaining millions.


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According to Harvey, Rich and Becky Liss took him in and hired him as a carpet cleaner for their Cleveland furniture store 30 years ago. Harvey decided to become a comedian a year later, but didn't have any money to travel. So the Lisses extended about $11,000 in credit to Harvey with their travel agency.


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After hearing Rich Liss' name and voice, Harvey began slowly breaking down. After hearing the story, his studio audience followed suit.

"I love you, man," Harvey said. “I’ve been looking for you for years, man."

The segment was taped on Jan. 17 for future broadcast, according to the International Business Times, but a leaked video went viral on Monday, amassing nearly two million YouTube hits. Check it out yourself:

Harvey offered to fly the Lisses to Chicago, from their current home in Orlando, Fla., to appear on his show. No mention was made of the debt. But whoever makes those oversized checks can probably expect another printing order shortly.

Admit it: Did you cry watching this?

"Steve Harvey" runs daily in national syndication. Check your local listings.

Jan 23, 2013 3:05PM
    How could I not?  Just to see how Harvey's life was changed by two people who cared enough to believe in him and help him.  Great stuff, man!
Jan 23, 2013 3:03PM
Watching this post....Made me cry! It is wonderful to see somebody given a chance at life.....and he never forgot them.....
Jan 23, 2013 2:55PM
So sweet....Nothing like old Friends.....It sure put a smile on my face and made me think of my old friends who was there for me.....I'm happy for you Steve...(( :
Jan 23, 2013 2:53PM

Steve. you made me cry.  You are the greatest.


Jan 23, 2013 2:51PM
I believe the story, the couple and Steve's emotions were genuine.  As is the story.  But the one thing that set me thinking........  If he has been "looking" for them for years, and has the money to hire someone to do that, how come Steve couldn't track them down but his producers could?
Jan 23, 2013 2:49PM
Yes, I did. Mr. Harvey is such a "Real" man. Real Men do cry. God always makes provision for his people. I believe if you desire to full fill your purpose on earth it will happen. Much love and respect to you Mr. Harvey. Many people think that ministry is only behind the sacred desk(pulpit). Every day you show us what "real" ministry is. May God continue to bless and enrich your life is my prayer for you. I believe we are blessed to be a blessing and you do that so well.
Jan 23, 2013 2:42PM

God Bless you Steve, Happy Birthday and yes I cry too. That was a blessing.


Jan 23, 2013 2:42PM
Spare me the tears.  He's been looking for them for years???  Their name wasn't Smith or Jones, if he had put in the time and effort he could have easily found these people, especially considering his money and resources available in the past years.  Sounds like BS to me.
Jan 23, 2013 2:38PM
The Liss chose to give to Steve because they got to know him.  This is different than making you give by taxing everybody to death and giving it to people or countries who do not appreciate, deserve it or  think they have a right to it.
Jan 23, 2013 2:37PM
You can't fake that true emoiton!  I believe that was real and I can't wait to see the show.  All the haters just need to step off! 
Jan 23, 2013 2:35PM

What a wonderful supprise, to see people who helped you on your journey through life.

I can't wait to see the reunion on your show Steve.  This is a great Country.  Steve, you

have come a long way in life, and to have this great couple by your side.    

Jan 23, 2013 2:29PM
Very touching.... and as for the prejudice **** writing in "Go to HELL" just because you are a "cold hearted bitch", doesn't mean everyone is... In fact that was the most unnecessary comment anyone could leave. You are 1 negative man.....
Jan 23, 2013 2:24PM

and the same people who posted negative comments are the miserable no good phucks who complain daily about anything and everything, for every successful man/woman, there follows a pack of haters


Jan 23, 2013 2:23PM
The whole thing looked staged to me. The couple were probably actors hired by Harvey. Actually the best acting job was by Harvey himself. Nice job Steve.
Jan 23, 2013 2:22PM
GOD has always provided angels in our lives that appear when we least expect it. Of different race, nationality, religion, gender, and backgrounds. That's why you always treat people the way you'd want to be treated. You never know.........
Jan 23, 2013 2:21PM
What a bunch of cynics. Who cares if it was for ratings, doesn't matter. No, we can't always find people we've lost. I think they were all genuinely touched and happy to find each other.
Jan 23, 2013 2:20PM
I think your heart would have to be made of stone to not cry or feel touched by this.
Jan 23, 2013 2:20PM
That was very heartwarming. So happy that Steve has found his friends again. Simply awesome! Cant wait till you meet again. This brightened my very drab day! TY
Jan 23, 2013 2:16PM
Damn man this broke me down! It's sad that if someone was to do something like this today for someone they would be ostracized or whatever for doing good! This was great to see the beauty of God at work!
Jan 23, 2013 2:11PM
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