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Steve Harvey: Best 'Family Feud' host ever?

Steve Harvey now hosts "Family Feud." (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Comedian Steve Harvey started hosting "Family Feud" last month.

Yes, THAT Steve Harvey, of Kings of Comedy fame. And yes, THAT "Family Feud," the one you forgot was still on the air.

Who made the decision, I don't know. But somehow, it works. The deadpan facial expressions, the belittling yet charming and affectionate dismissals of dumb answers, the self-assured flirting with show contestants. It's a beautiful thing.

Harvey, of course, is the latest in a long line of pretty funny Family Feud hosts:

Richard Dawson (1976-1985, 1994-1995)

The first, quite possibly the best. My mother loved him -- he always kissed the ladies on the show:

Ray Combs (1988-1994)

Seen here with awful hair and American Gladiators:

Louie Anderson (1999-2002)

Let's face it; he really wasn't that good:

Richard Karn (2002-2006)

Was also Tool Time Al from Home Improvement:

John O'Hurley (2006-2010)

Should have been doing voiceovers for Masterpiece Theatre:

And Steve Harvey (2010-present):

[Random tidbit: Did you know that Joey Fatone, former member of N'Sync, now narrates Family Feud? Seems life after Justin Timberlake is a cruel, cruel mistress ... ]

I wasted a good hour yesterday in a hilarious e-mail exchange with friends swapping Steve Harvey Family Feud videos. And I'm secretly hoping that this somehow becomes a viral internet meme:


It could work, no?

By Sam Sanders  | October 5, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
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