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Mallory Lewis with Lamb Chop

Lamb Chop is a sock puppet sheep created by comedian and ventriloquist Shari Lewis. In 1957, Lamb Chop, a ewe, first appeared with Lewis on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WNBC in New York.

Lamb Chop has been described as a "6-year-old girl, very intuitive and very feisty, a combination of obstinacy and know how they say fools rush in where wise men fear to go? Well, Lamb Chop would rush in, then scream for help."[1] Lamb Chop, in all her shows, had referred to her close friend, a girl named Lolly Pincus.

During the 1960s, Shari Lewis had her own musical-comedy network television show. After children's programming turned to animation, she continued to perform in a wide range of venues. In 1992, Lamb Chop and Shari began their own PBS children's show, Lamb Chop's Play-Along, an Emmy Award winner for five consecutive years.[2] The show lasted approximately 25 minutes per episode. On PBS, it premiered January 1, 1992 and was last shown on January 1, 1997. It has been shown on qubo since then.

Shari Lewis died in 1998 from pneumonia while being treated for uterine cancer. Two years later, her daughter, producer and writer Mallory Lewis (formerly Tarcher) decided to perform with Lamb Chop. Mallory had worked closely with her mother when producing the PBS program.[citation needed] Ms. Lewis has this to say about her mother and Lamb Chop:

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.[3]

Other performances

Lamb Chop and Mrs. Lewis made a cameo appearance in the second season of the sitcom The Nanny in the episode "Lamb Chop's On the Menu" (February 13, 1995).

Lamb Chop and Shari Lewis made a cameo on the animated television series South Park, in Season 2, Episode 8 "Summer Sucks". In the episode, Mr. Garrison fantasizes about killing Lamb Chop in order to quell his jealousy after losing his own puppet Mr. Hat.

Lamb Chop had a cameo in the opening concert scene in the 1998 movie Wrongfully Accused.


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