Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted the “DTO Show” Wednesday for a cheesy rendition of a late-night talk show update on downtown developments.

The first-ever show was a mixture of Jimmy Fallon jokes, David Letterman gags and Ed Sullivan snooze.

The mayor himself described the show as “very cheesy, I’m talking Velveeta cheesy,” — and that was no lie.

He tossed cue cards into the audience when his jokes bombed and spun out a game of Heads Up in a copy of a popular gimmick from the Ellen Show.

The effort was a tongue-in-cheek attempt at lightening the look at what the future has to offer for downtown Orlando.

Dyer lobbed a softball to his staffers as he served up softball questions.

Thomas Chatmon, executive director of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board, took the gag to heart and wore blue-suede shoes to match his tie and handkerchief. He highlighted how the downtown has grown from supporting one professional sports team to four to become a “sports and entertainment destination.”

Thomas said the new Magic’s Sport and Entertainment District and Creative Village will provide pathways to growth for the business, education and entertainment.

A pre-recorded commercial of Don Price, sexton at Greenwood Cemetery, played on the Fun Spot America’s huge concept and featured the huge additions at Lake Eola Park. However, there was no mention of the city’s removal of its towering Confederate statue.

Dyer’s interview with City Planner Doug Metzger brought the only real news when he described plans for the “Under i.” The project will be built under Interstate 4 from Church to Washington streets and will include a soccer pitch, basketball courts, a splash pad, urban parks and gathering spaces that will span five city blocks.

“The Under i project is the coolest thing I’ve ever been involved with,” said Metzger, who has worked at the city for six years.

The 45-minute show played to a sell-out crowd of urbanites and business professionals who paid $45 to $60 to witness the first ever event at Ace Café.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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