Fox is bringing back Steve Harvey for a special two-hour event of the iconic talent show Showtime at the Apollo. The special event airs Monday, December 5 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT and can be watched live streaming online at Fox Now, on TV, and via on-demand programming the following day. The special features an impressive line-up of comedians, singers, and musical acts as well as the featured showcase Amateur Night.
Fox has ordered two specials of Showtime at the Apollo. In addition to tonight’s special, a second Showtime at the Apollo event will air in early 2017. Check out the videos above to see more about tonight’s show, including behind-the-scenes interviews with many of the guests and performers as they relive their personal experiences with Steve Harvey and the Apollo Theater.
Steve Harvey released a statement regarding his return to the famed Apollo Theater. Harvey is known for hosting Showtime at the Apollo from 1993 until 2000. As a comedian, Harvey has performed at the Apollo, and there is no question that the Apollo has played an important role in his career and success.
“I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater. I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”
Joining Steve Harvey will be Showtime at the Apollo former host Kiki Shepard, who shared a photo on her official Twitter account showing her standing with Steve. Kiki hosted the show from 1987 until 2002. The show was called It’s Showtime at the Apollo, and she co-hosted with Steve Harvey numerous times. Longtime fans of the show will be delighted to see the two team up again. The special is generating positive buzz and is expected to be a ratings’ success.
Be sure to watch me & Steve on the Showtime at the Apollo special tonite on FOX @ 8pm. Great show!! pic.twitter.com/5KDRiVhBjB— KiKi Shepard (@theKiKiShepard) December 5, 2016
The official Apollo Theater Facebook page has promoted tonight’s special as well as the official FOX website. Social media is abuzz with excitement, and celebrities scheduled to perform are sharing updates and reminders for tonight’s show on Twitter. Many are tweeting using the hashtag #showtimeatheapollo. Celebrities scheduled to appear on tonight’s show include, but are not limited to the following.
- John Legend
- George Lopez
- Mike Epps
- Tracy Morgan
- Gabriel Iglesias
- Jay Pharoah
- Flo Rida
- Cree Summer
- A Tribe Called Quest
- Doug E. Fresh
- En Vogue
- Anthony Anderson
- Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals
- Ja Rule
- Bell Biv DeVoe
Showtime at the Apollo is known for its Amateur Night, a talent competition where people sing, dance, or provide comedic skits in front of a live audience who judges them with applause and boos. The Apollo Theater has been a staple of African-American entertainment and a venue where many artists first launched their careers since 1934. Located in Harlem, the Apollo Theater has a world-renowned history for first-class performances, cultural events, and activities. Those who win over the tough Apollo Theater crowd often find success in their careers.
Celebrities who began their careers at the Apollo Theater through Amateur Night include the following.
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Lauryn Hill
- Sarah Vaughan
- Stevie Wonder
- James Brown
- Gladys Knight and the Pips
- Sammy Davis Jr.
- The Isley Brothers
- Wilson Pickett
- Luther Vandross
- Machine Gun Kelly
You can learn more about the Apollo Theater and its history in the video playlist below.
Check out these videos from Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater.
The list of celebrities and musical acts returning to the Apollo Theater tonight are reason enough to watch, but the addition of Amateur Night makes it a special you won’t want to miss. With multiple ways to watch Showtime at the Apollo live tonight, you won’t have to. One way to watch Showtime at the Apollo is through the Fox Now website.
With Fox Now, you can watch live, streaming Fox TV, but you can also watch through mobile apps, game consoles and devices, on your computer, and through various apps designed for smart TVs. Those who want to watch Fox programs like Showtime at the Apollo live can also use their cable or satellite providers apps. Check with your cable or satellite provider for websites or mobile apps as these often have options for live television streaming.
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