Knowledge Identifier: +George_Kirby
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
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"
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
Slappy White - White died suddenly November 7, 1995, thirty-eight days after the death of long time friend George Kirby