Jerry Lester

Biography: Comedian Jerry Lester began his career as a song-and-dance man on the vaudeville stage. From the vaudeville stage he moved on to the Broadway stage and appeared in many musicals in the 1930's. He appeared in a few films but it would be television that Jerry would find his niche. In 1950 he replace comedian Jack Carter as host of Calvacade of Stars until the show ended in 1951. Jerry went on to host the network television's first informal late-night variety program in 1951 called Broadway Open House, and his breezy style established generations of late-night hosts who followed suit. Jerry's brother Buddy Lester also went on to have a successful career as a comedian.