I had no idea how exquisitely well Mallory Lewis had taken the reins of her mother Shari Lewis’ legacy. I am in awe. Shari was one of my heroes, and I had the pleasure of meeting her in the 90’s. But that’s another post.
Lewis’s daughter, Mallory Tarcher, wrote for Shari’s shows Lamb Chop’s Play-Along and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza. After her mother’s death in 1998, on the advice of family friend Dom DeLuise, Mallory decided that Lamb Chop should live on for her many fans and has begun performing with Lamb Chop,even legally changing her name to Lewis. Mallory said of her decision to take up the character: “My mom was one of the world’s greatest entertainers. I don’t want to challenge that. I don’t think it’s wise to go there. But I do want to do everything that I can do for Lamb Chop. I’ll help keep her going”.
She has taken over this role with such skill that it is difficult for me,personally, to tell the difference.
My pictures from her performance today at the Woodruff Arts Center are too blurry to share, but I did bring along two fans who were excited to meet Mallory:
Lemonjello(left) and Oranjello (right) were as thrilled as I was to meet Mallory, and she was impressed with them, too! She said, “Those are hilarious. Those are hilarious. C’mon, let me get up on the table for a picture–you get up here with me.” So we both clambered onto the table(she a bit more nimbly than I) and Steve quickly snapped a photo. She signed an autograph for me, too, and I quickly gave her a Puppatoons card. Hope you like what you see, Mallory! 😀