Redd Foxx
(Movies & TV)
Slappy White
(Movies & TV)
Tim Moore (comedian)
(Movies & TV)
Carmen McRae
Steve Martin
(Movies & TV)

See also

George Kirby

Knowledge Identifier: +George_Kirby


George Kirby

American comedian, singer, and actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1923.

Countries: United States (83%), Illinois (17%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Redd Foxx, Slappy White, Tim Moore (comedian)

Linked to: American Broadcasting Company




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George Kirby was born in 1923 add something


Born in Chicago , Kirby broke into show business in the 1940s at the Club DeLisa, a South Side establishment that employed a variety-show format and preferred to hire local singers, dancers, and comedians add something


His first recording was as a stand-up blues singer, performing "Ice Man Blues" on a Tom Archia session done in 1947 for Aristocrat Records add something


Carmen McRae - In 1948 she moved to Chicago with comedian George Kirby


He was one of the first African-American comedians to begin to appeal to white as well as black audiences during the height of the Civil Rights era, appearing between 1964 and 1972 on "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Dean Martin Show", "The Jackie Gleason Show", "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In", and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" add something


In 1970, he was allowed to produce a television special, "The George Kirby Show", to gauge whether he could attract an audience for a weekly series add something


This led to his hosting a sketch comedy and variety show, "Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour", which lasted for 22 episodes in 1972; it was one of the actor-comedian Steve Martin's first credits in front of the camera add something


In 1977 he sold heroin to an undercover cop; he plea bargained to a ten year prison term and was released after 42 months add something


Tim Moore (comedian) - Moore's grave remained unmarked from the time of his burial until 1983; fellow comedians Redd Foxx and George Kirby raised funds for a headstone

George Kirby died in 1995 add something


Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in his later years, Kirby made his last public appearance at a May 1995 all-star benefit given by his friends for his mounting medical bills add something


On September 30, 1995, Kirby died of Parkinson's Disease at a Las Vegas nursing home add something


Slappy White - White died suddenly November 7, 1995, thirty-eight days after the death of long time friend George Kirby