We caught up with Fox 29’s Quincy Harris to learn more about his latest gig as a variety talk show host for "The Q," and where you can find him in the City of Brotherly Love.
Quincy Harris has hosted shows coast to coast, but the Philadelphia native's resume includes some familiar names: "The Q Deezy Show" on Hot 107.9 Philly and Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia," to name a few. The Temple University grad is gearing up to take the spotlight on September 12, but this time in a new role: His new variety show, "The Q"(which airs at noon on Fox 29) will film in front of a live studio audience, where Harris will interview a plethora of high-profile celebrity guests.
Here, Philadelphia Style caught up with Harris to dish about his dream line-up of show guests, and his favorite spots in the area.
What do you see as a perk of hosting "The Q" live? QUINCY HARRIS: First off, I'm super excited for this opportunity. Being a Philadelphia native, I feel like I'm doing a show in front of my friends. Secondly, airing the show live allows for the element of unpredictability, and that is what makes the show fun and unique. I enjoy that feeling of being in the moment. I'm not perfect, you'll quickly see that, but being able to feed off of the crowds' energy will be a thrill.
What type of high-profile guests do you hope to have on the show? QH: I would like to have a myriad of talented, high-profile guests on the show, from actors to musical artists. I am looking forward to interviewing guests like Kevin Hart, Patti LaBelle, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, The Roots, Pink, Tina Fey, Eve, Kobe Bryant, and Boyz II Men just to name a few. If you know any of these celebrities, tell them to give me a shout!
What is your funniest/most memorable moment from Good Day? QH: Bring Your Kid to Work Day! I brought my two sons Jordan (5) and Kobe (2) along with me to work. My youngest son, Kobe, was very cranky; 15 minutes before we went live on location from a Lego convention—which I thought would keep him relaxed—he started crying uncontrollably. We were live on TV, and he was still crying, 15 minutes later. My oldest son wasn't listening to me at all, and complete chaos ensued. The viewers seemed to enjoy my lack of control over the situation. But then I remembered that he loves "Uptown Funk," so I played the song for him and all was right with the world.
Now that you have your own show, who are some of your TV role models? QH: Oprah [Winfrey] because of the way she uses her platform to spread positivity. I love Ellen [DeGeneres] because she uses humor and humility to connect with her audience. I appreciate Arsenio Hall's bravery in showcasing new African-American artists and talents. Jon Stewart made it fun to follow politics—he is incredibly smart, witty, and funny—the way he displayed politics and the economy was groundbreaking. And not to mention, Michael Strahan! His transition from athlete to game show host and co-anchor on "Good Morning America" is very inspiring.
You mentioned that hosting your own show has been a lifelong dream of yours. What other goals do you hope to accomplish? QH: I feel that this is the beginning of the next chapter of my career. My goal is to get "The Q"syndicated nationally, and continue to produce other shows and movies through my production company, Germantown Entertainment, right here in Philadelphia.
Finally, what are some of your favorite spots to unwind at? QH: I love Cafe La Maude. I could literally eat there every day; the food and ambiance are amazing. I usually go for my post-workout meal. Cuba Libre is great, as well. It's a short walk from work and the food is great. My wife and I have come for date nights, as well. Lastly, but certainly not least, is Buddakan, a staple here in the city. The carefully crafted Asian fusion cuisine never gets old—I can taste the lobster fried rice right now!