Chris got his start in show business when he was a teenager and hosted a daily children’s show on local TV.
He moved to Sydney, the city from which he would go on to become well-known on stage and on TV all over the country. In the late 1960s, he was asked to perform on New York City’s famous Ed Sullivan Show.
After that, he went to England, where he performed on Sunday Night at the London Palladium, A Blackpool Summer Season with Tommy Cooper, and toured with Ken Dodd. In the early 1970s, he became more well-known in Australia by going on tour with big names like Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Johnny Mathis.
Several awards were given to him during these tours. In the 1980s, he moved back to Australia with his family, where he kept working as an actor and writer.
Chris Kirby is a ventriloquist
Chris Covington was born in Croydon, England, in 1942 to Peter and Eileen Covington.
Chris’s family moved to Australia when he was seven years old. At first, they lived in Adelaide, but they later moved to Woomera so Chris could finish school there. Chris and his younger brother, Andrew, saw a lot of theater when they were young because their parents were always involved in local amateur shows wherever they lived. Chris’s mother was an actress, and his father was a musician.
He only worked at the Commonwealth Bank in Adelaide for a few months before he was fully convinced of the benefits of going into show business.
Chris Covington wouldn’t have as many fans if he just went by his name. Around the beginning of the 1960s, he decided to change his name. At the time, he had just started to perform in Sydney nightclubs. Chris spent his childhood developing a strong interest in ventriloquism. Chris’s dad seemed happy that he was more interested in ventriloquism than music, and it was thanks to his dad that Chris got his first doll.
Ventriloquism experiments done as a child can lead to opportunities to perform on live television, which is always changing. People all over the world can say that it was the start of their careers as Chris Kirby. In Adelaide, he was the host of a TV show for kids, which started a lifelong fan base in Australia.
Ventriloquist Chris Kirby’s Death Notice
Chris Kirby died because he got dementia early in life.
After he got married at the age of 23, he moved to Sydney and kept working in television while still doing live shows. His career as an entertainer took off when he was asked to play live on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York. He was the first Australian to be asked to do this.
Sunday Night at the London Palladium, a summer season in Blackpool with Tommy Cooper, and touring with Ken Dodd all helped him become known around the world, as did his performances and tours in the UK and Europe.
During the 1970s, he moved to the United States and lived there for twelve years. Still, he kept going back to Australia often to perform on TV for his fans there. Chris shared the stage with Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, and Charles Aznavour, among others.
Kirby, like many other artists of his time, benefited from the clubs in NSW that had a lot of live entertainment at the time. In the 1980s, he went back to Australia to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Concert, which was held at the Opera House. After his youngest son, Peter, died in 1987, he moved to a farm north of Sydney called Bucketty. The movies “The Total Eclipse of Toby Moon” and “Lips” marked the start of his career as a writer and actor after he moved.
After he died, his children Michael, Shahn, and Peter, as well as his ex-wives Judy, Debbie, and Christine, are carrying on his work.
Chris died on March 22, 2016, and his funeral was held at St. James Anglican Church, 15 King Street, Turramurra, NSW. Thursday, March 31, 2016, was the day of the service.