Shari Lewis (1933-1998) was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, children’s entertainer, and televisions host best known as the original puppeteer of the sock puppet named Lamb Chop. Their first appearance on the ‘Captain Kangaroo’ show aired in March 1956 and then on ‘Hi Mom’, a local morning TV show which aired in New York City.

Lamb Chop has been described as a “6-year old girl, very intuitive, and very feisty, a combination of obstinacy and vulnerability…you know how they say fools rush in where wise men fear to go? Well, Lamb Chop would rush in, then scream for help”.

A few years later, from 1960 to 1963, Shari Lewis had her own musical-comedy network television show called ‘The Shari Lewis Show’. Then in 1992, Lamb Chop and Shari began their own Public Broadcast Station children’s show called, ‘Lamb Chop’s Play-Along’, an Emmy Award winner for five consecutive years.

In 1993, when Shari Lewis appeared before the U.S. Congress in an oversight hearing on the Children’s Protection from Violent Programming Act, Lamb Chop provided her own testimony.

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