I was delighted to represent Elmhurst College along with 40 people at first ever Steve Harvey University! It’s an episode dedicated for college students that focused on college life, dating, and success. The set was designed like a town hall for discussions. Other universities that were in attendance were Purdue University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, and Chicago State University.
We arrived at 8:30 but Steve didn’t get on stage until 10:45 am! This gave us more time with the warm-up guy, James, and pumped us up with music and prizes. With other schools using their sporting event chants, “EC! EC! EC!” was the collective cry of the Elmhurst Bluejays.
Steve Harvey is a comedian and he showed that during the show. He warned us jokingly at the start of the show he’s just going to get progressively worse. It took about three hours for the show to complete its taping. I wonder which scenes will get cut if it is just going to be an hour long episode. Ever wondered what happens in commercial breaks? Steve speaks more, music plays, and the audience dance. There was so many cameras panning – I tried to smile at all of them!
It was my first time in the NBC towers. Fortunately I did not miss any class! The episode would air on a Monday in the month of September or early October.