I enjoy TV quiz shows, and watch them every evening. My only appearance on one was for Password. Actor Peter Lawford was my partner vs comedienne Carole Burnett, and I won top prize of $500. It was aired in September 1963, just two months before Lawford’s brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy, was killed in Dallas.
My current favorite is Family Feud. Steve Harvey does a great job as MC. He’s very talented, though he could use a grammar lesson or two. An obviously well-educated guy, he too often speaks street and rap scat for emphasis.
The show also has obvious bias for bringing in black families, who are half of the contestant teams. And the men in tailored suits may indicate that Steve supplies new clothing to give them style. Conversely, often while I watch white families struggle with questions, it seems they must pass a stupidity test to qualify for the show.
All contestants are obviously coached to say the word Steve with every answer, and in response each time he speaks to them. He never wants the home viewers to forget who runs the show. Also, suggestive subjects and formerly forbidden words give spice to the contest. To hilarious effect, Steve makes a big deal of being offended or puzzled when a contestant utters a sexual innuendo or bodily function word.
I believe Steve is consciously making up for the decades of quiz shows when black contestants were very rare. Family Feud is hugely popular, as well as earning him numerous other shows and TV gigs. Just a few years ago, unemployed stand-up comedian Steve Harvey was living out of his car. We can only guess how many cars and and more luxurious places to sleep he has today. Go get ‘em, Steve!