Some Thoughts about Mallory Lewis
I had not met Mallory Lewis before two days ago. I knew her by reputation and everyone knows Lambchop. I booked her at the CL Hoover Opera House in Junction City Kansas to do a student performance and an evening show for the public. I have made my living in the Arts for many years but I have only been the Executive Director here for 7 months and Mallory was one of the first performers who have been booked by me. She opened our “For the Child in You” children’s series and as such was responsible for much of the tone and over-all implied quality of my new artistic leadership. Every professional instinct I have told me I was on solid ground from the moment I met Mally. She is totally professional, immensely likeable and a pleasure to work with. Everyone at the Opera House fell in love with her from my staff, to the front of house to my technical crew. She embraced everyone. She made the whole process easy and a pleasure. That doesn’t always happen and when it does you know you are working with someone you want to rehire.
I gave Mallory two very different and potentially difficult assignments. She was supposed to have a 430 3-4 graders for her US History show but they sent 430 first and second graders. “Manifest destiny” explanations were just not going to work. Mallory reformatted her whole show on the fly and entranced the whole room including the teachers for the hour. Everyone left feeling they had been touched by the thrill of a live performance in a magical environment and that is what I am hoping to give these young people, many of whom had just had their first experience in a legitimate theatre of any kind. It became an experience that no technology can replace. They saw someone who created something in that hour that was just for them. No one left untouched. That’s what Mallory does. Make magic.
That evening she did her standard show that highlights Mallory, Lambchop and her mother Shari in clips and stories. It’s a very unique peak into the creative process and the emotions and talent that have swirled around Lambchop for years. The crowd was mostly adults but the kids who were there we tiny. Probably 3 to 5 year olds. I thought, “How do you keep the adults entertained and moved without having the little ones running up the isles?” Believe me, not just anyone could take that challenge and create an evening that worked on so many levels for everyone. As I stated, I didn’t know Mallory Lewis two days ago but believe me I know her now and she will be booked back and soon.
If there is any support I can provide you or give to anyone considering booking Mallory please use any part of this statement or ask for another specific one or give my information as a reference. Director@jcoperahouse.org or 785-238-3906. I not sure how you can let potential bookers know what they are missing if they don’t invest a very reasonable amount of time and money and get Mallory and Lambchop to their venue other than to say I personally guarantee they will get a return on that investment and they t will be saying something along the lines of “I didn’t know Mally two days ago but…”
Randal K West
CL Hoover Opera House
Junction City ,KS, 66441
Be Nice, Have FUN! is Mallory Lewis’ motto. She lives by it as a single mom to her teen son and as a successful mompreneur. I had the opportunity to talk to Mallory Lewis on the phone and I was so excited when she called me that I obviously tweeted about it.
In case you are wondering, that is not a nickname. Mallory Lewis is the daughter of the late entertainer/ventriloquist and Lamb Chop original companion, Shari Lewis. She bravely decided to keep her mom’s legacy of love alive:
“I was pregnant when my mom died. I could not imagine my son growing up in a world without Lamb Chop.” said the self-proclaimed Positive Mom. I got goose bumps.
Do YOU remember Lamb Chop on PBS? I must confess I didn’t grow up watching Lamb Chop since I grew up in another country (Mallory was not surprised about this fact since she could hear my Hispanic accent and my Latina giggles). The first time I saw Lamb Chop — and naturally fell in love with her — was watching a re-run of The Nanny on Sony Entertainment Television. She was so funny, frisky, witty, and wise. Mallory Lewis agreed: “She is such a genuine character. Honest, spunky…she makes people happy. She says things that grown ups can’t say!”
Between you and I, Lamb Chop sounds just like me… and we’re probably about the same size, too. He he.
“Pat Brymer, who has been working with Lamb Chop for decades, is sitting right next to me and he worked on that episode of The Nanny with mom” she said during our phone call and she chatted with him for a few seconds during our call.
You could just feel the sweetness in her voice every time she said “mom.” She told me they were best friends and they went shopping together at The Beverly Center to spend time together when they weren’t working. She worked with her mom . I asked her what she most admired about her mom.
“Of course she was a very smart woman, passionate about her work as a trained dancer, symphony conductor, magician, and musician… but what stood out to me was that she always did everything to its fullest ability. I’ve never met anyone with more focus!” she said.
I’m sure you’ve heard my definition of FOCUS as an acronym: Follow One Course Until Successful. It worked for Shari Lewis and it’s definitely working for Mallory Lewis. She’s a a celebrity – featured on the NY Daily News, USA Today, Baby TV, LA Times, Common Sense Media, Parenting Magazine, just to name a few. But the element of her work she enjoys the most is being able to give back. She especially loves to perform for the US Military Troops and to bring awareness to diseases like ALS and Parkinson’s.
Today, my daughters had the opportunity to chat with Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop live on WFAA channel 8, to invite the community to gather at 2 pm on September 13, at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson for the ParkinsonVoiceProject.org event a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the voices of people with Parkinson’s. A very personal cause for all of us: Mallory Lewis’ dad struggles with Parkinson’s, and September 11, when she and I spoke from her Malibu home, marked the 13th anniversary of the Twin Towers falling, but also of my grandmother’s losing her battle with Parkinson’s, as well.
“I’m excited to sing with a hundred people… a live band with real people!” She is very family oriented and has a 300-people family reunion in the Dallas area. “I have the best family. We all love each other. Everybody gets along,” she expressed.
When I asked Mallory about the topic of creating JOY, BALANCE, and SUCCESS on your terms, she said:
“Some months I pay myself really well, some months not so much, but I am blessed to do what I love and watch Lamb Chop bring joy to so many families. I have an ocean view in her small Malibu home, 2 dogs, a rescued horse, and a 5 year old car. There have been plenty of challenges to overcome, but I believe in myself. My mom taught me that “nobody gets out of this life alive” and to be resilient through it. I love being a single mom and James’ dad and I practice co-parenting without the unnecessary tension. My son has been working with me since he was a little boy. He been gentler to me than I was to my mom when I was a teen.”
Her secret to BEING a positive mom: ” Reinforce The Good! I assumed awesomeness for my kid and I have only gotten awesomeness. When my son was little I used to compliment him on his ‘advanced palate’ and he would eat anything! I told him his job was get straight A’s be a plasure to live with and I would take care of the rest.”
This is wisdom, ladies! If you’re local to Dallas, you don’t want to miss this event. If you’re not, check out Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop website to find out when she’ll be in a city near you.
BE POSITIVE and You’ll BE Powerful,
Hello Mallory and Lambchop! I just want to tell you about our experience with your music. We were in the audience in Ventura this summer, my husband and I grew up watching Lamb Chop and were excited to share this with our 2 yr old. We had to leave early when got fussy but you were so sweet about him starting to cry, lamb chop spoke to him a bit and we were thrilled. Despite our early departure Declan, our son, has been singing the up, down, in, out happy all the time song from that day on. Onc…
Dear Mallory and Lamb Chop, I wanted to write you this letter in hopes that it reaches you with all of my warm wishes and words. I wanted to not only thank you all (Shari included) for not only helping me to become who I am today, but for continuing the legacy and message Lamb Chop brings to our world. Growing up in the 80’s, my parents would happily pop in our favorite Shari Lewis videos and record all of our loved Play Along episodes. Why? Because my parents believed that the wholesomely…
Just wanted you to know that we missed you this year at the Wisconsin State Fair. We have been coming to see you for years and the kids and grandkids so enjoy your show. One year Katrina got a lambchop puppet and you were so kind to autograph it and be in a picture with her. Last year we brought you the Mallory and the Wild things CD and you told us it was filmed in your backyard and your jeep was your son’s toy. You signedthe CD and posed for pictures with it and all of us. We understand h…
Hi Mallory, I used to watch your mother (amazing woman) when I was a youngster – it was one of my childhood memories. I just wanted to say that it’s great how you’re keeping the magic alive!
Hi Mallory, WOW!!! What a fantastic show, I was really impressed with how much Lambchop and Hush Puppy sounded just like they did 15 years ago! Your Mom would have been thrilled to watch your performance and of course so would have Dom Deluise, who encouraged you. I loved your energy and the way you held both Lamb Chop and Hush Puppy, cradled in your arms, it looked natural. And like a good Ventriloquist does, you never moved your lips!! In fact, of all the present Ventriloquists in the wo…
I saw one of the shows at the Ventura Co. Fair this year at the Seabreeze stage.and was tossed back to my childhood. I sat down front just like you suggested and thought I was watching Shari. Your Mom is smiling down I’m sure. Lamb Chop hasn’t aged a bit and still has the vitality she always has had. And I must say that I was smitten all over again by you and yours. I sure did miss seeing Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse though. Did they retire? A Renewed Fan,
“Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop are a true class act. They appeal to both the young and old. Once you’ve seen one of Mallory’s shows you’ll walk away with a wonderful memory and also feeling like you have just acquired a new best friend.” – Tonya Cook, Special Events Director, Iowa State Fair
“This is a recommendation for “The Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop Show” for those who may be thinking of having her come to your event. I am the Stage Manager for the Fun Forest Stage at the Iowa State Fair and we had Mallory and Lamb Chop for our 11 day event this past August. I have worked with many artists in my 32 years at the Iowa State Fair and Mallory is one of the best! She is professional, prompt and inventive! When the rain came….she adjusted, when the heat came…she adjusted, she always p…
“I was surfing the net and was checking on hollywood obits and ran across your mother’s. I loved your mom so much. Watched her shows when I was a kid and she was a genius and a beautiful and talented woman. I’m sure you miss her dearly. Just wanted to say that and say your mom would be very proud of you. Thank you for continue her work.”
“I was a fan of Lamb Chop when I was a kid, and I just got finished reading the whole story about your mom and I read about you, too. I strongly approve of your keeping Lamb Chop alive, I think that’s amazing. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!”