Mark Wahlberg friend hungry for fame


Appearing last fall on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Mark Wahlberg bought along his Boston buddy Nacho, who displayed his extreme-eating skills by chowing two balls of wasabi and washing them down with three cups of Tabasco. The impressive feat apparently caught the attention of programmers at Fuel TV, who have added Nacho to the network’s lineup of “adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports” such as UFC, surfing, snowboarding and, now, eating. That’s right, Nacho and another Wahlberg friend Johnny Alves – the real-life Johnny Drama of “Entourage” fame – are taping a show featuring Nacho’s extreme noshing. (Seems to work for Adam Richman on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food.”) Wahlberg (inset) mentioned the show during an appearance on “Kimmel” Monday. “I need to thank you personally,” he said to the host. “Because of Jimmy’s good graces and having [Nacho] on, he now has his own show.” Turns out the show is already in production and just taped a segment at Durgin Park at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. “He ate a lot of beans,” said Durgin Park employee Suzanne Kelle. “It was actually kind of disgusting. I guess he’d eaten a bazillion wings the night before.” Waitress Danielle O’Rourke said Nacho managed to polish off 10 pounds of baked beans, but he didn’t feel well afterward. “He was very full,” said O’Rourke. No word on when the show might air. Wahlberg also admitted to Kimmel that his kids are Lakers – not Celtics – fans because they were all born in LA, and the actor finds his own allegiance shifting. He said he ran into Lakers star Kobe Bryant recently and told him, “I’m coming around.” Blasphemy!

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