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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mallory's Pitch For A New Career?

With Mayor Mark Mallory's hilarous appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel" last night, could he become the city's second mayor to have a TV career? Although Mallory was the third guest on the show, he got as much TV time (15 min.) as the first two guests (Kurt Russell, Rachael Harris) combined.

My favorite moment was the first of his two pitches in the theater lobby, when he threw another wild one into the crowd to the right of the plate (the opposite direction of his Opening Day pitch), while the audience wore batting helmets. When asked by Kimmel if he was sure he was right-handed, Mallory replied: "I write with my left hand, at least on paper. On a chalkboard, I write with my right hand. Maybe I should switch."

Maybe he should switch careers? Become a stand-up comedian? (I'm told he's had some practice as a stand-up.) He's been very funny all week. Does he have Burbank's writers working for him now?

Here's a link to Mallory's second segment, throwing the ball in the lobby to Kurt Russell. Too bad it doesn't include the fake political attack ad ("He throws like a girl!") which run during Mallory's first segment. By the way, the spot was paid for By Cincinnatians Who Want A Pitcher, Not A Belly-Itcher.

And the link to Jane Prendergast's story:


at 4/06/2007 12:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgive my skepticism - but is it so hard to believe Mr. Mallory flubbed the opening day pitch on purpose? That pitch was SOOOO far off. If he is such a bad throw, how did he get one across the plate on Kimmel? And he's been on TV more in the past few days than we've ever seen him since he was sworn in. Something's not quite right here.

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