Tonight airs the 2016 Showtime At the Apollo special, honoring the institution that gave so many big stars their start. The Apollo Theater is known to have one of the most brutally honest crowds and they do not hold back their opinions. On tonight’s special, there will be elements taken from the Apollo’s legendary “Amateur Night” live talent competition. This competition gives newcomers in the industry an opportunity to perform in front of one of the toughest audiences in the world. In addition to tonight’s special, Essence reports there will be an additional special in 2017. But, for now, check out all the details on this evening’s show, what channel to watch and the time it begins.
DATE: December 5, 2016
SHOW TIME: 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT
TV CHANNEL: FOX Network
HOST: Steve Harvey – In an interview with Essence, Harvey said: 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.
OFFICIAL SHOW SYNOPSIS: Steve Harvey will host SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, a two-hour event and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and joined by music and comedy icons … Also to be featured in the special are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don’t win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage. The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.
CELEBRITY APPEARANCES: Detroit Free Press reports celebrity performers and featured guests to include JaRule, Ashanti, John Legend, Anthony Anderson, Jay Pharoah, George Lopez,Tracy Morgan, Flo Rida, Doug E. Fresh, Bell Biv DeVoe, En Vogue and more.
The original series ran from 1993 to 2000, with stars including Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lauryn Hill, all getting their start at the Apollo Theater.