A native Floridian going back three generations, Steve Berke was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. Growing up in the tropics of Miami Beach, he spent most of his formative years becoming a tennis phenom. Steve won four state championships and two national championships while attending North Miami Beach High. Steve was a sought-after athletic commodity after graduation, but he turned down several lucrative endorsement contracts, instead choosing to further his education and delay the start of his professional tennis career.
Steve attended Yale University, played No. 1 for the Yale tennis team, and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies. While in school, Steve made collegiate tennis history, becoming the first unranked tennis player to make the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, an achievement that gave Yale its first All-American since Donald Dell in 1960. After graduation, Steve finally turned pro in tennis, but after only months on the tour, he herniated a disc in his lower back, tragically ending his career before it had a chance to begin.
Steve took up a new challenge. He became a contestant on a reality TV show airing on FOX called, The Rebel Billionaire – an Apprentice-like competition featuring Virgin Group CEO, Sir Richard Branson in the Trump role.
At 23-years-old, Steve was the youngest contestant on the show, yet survived 11 of the 13 episodes, impressing Branson with his entrepreneurial mind and instinct. One of the show’s challenges – to improve the service in Virgin’s Upper Class Suite – led to Steve forming his first company. His idea, the ‘Mooshpillow’ won the challenge and allowed Steve to dive head first into the pillow business.
Always looking for new challenges, Steve decided to pursue stand-up comedy. A few months into his stand-up career, in a true rock ‘n’ roll moment, Steve found his comedic voice. While hanging out in Berlin with Tyson Ritter (the lead singer of the All-American Rejects), Steve borrowed Tyson’s guitar and played him the first verse of a music parody he’d been working on. Although Steve was initially hesitant, Tyson convinced him to finish writing the song and to perform it on….. http://miamisunpost.com/from-comedy-to-city-hall/