KC’s Big Slick Celebrity Weekend: What you need to know


2022 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend

After the pandemic sent it online two years in a row, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is back, in person, June 24-25. Here’s what to know.

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After the pandemic forced it to go online — only two years in a row, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is back, with events June 24 and 25.

The big news now: Co-host Jason Sudeikis will not appear because of a schedule change in the filming of his Emmy-winning TV series “Ted Lasso” in London, organizers announced Tuesday.

No word yet on whether he will make a virtual appearance. Sudeikis has been a regular host since Big Slick began in 2010.

Here’s what else you need to know:

The basics

Without Sudeikis, hometown stars Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle and David Koechner are scheduled to host about 30 famous guests. Since 2010, back when it was just a poker tournament, Big Slick has raised more than $ 13 million to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital. See bigslickkc.org for more info and tickets.

The softball game

The Big Slick Celebrity Classic softball game starts at 5 pm Friday, June 24, at Kauffman Stadium. Anyone who buys a ticket to the Kansas City Royals game that night against the Oakland A’s can watch softball for free. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

A couple of ticket notes: Seating for the softball game is open, so even if your Royals tickets are for the nosebleed sections, you can move down to watch the celebrities up close. And if you buy Royals tickets through bigslickkc.org, the Royals will donate a portion to the charity.

After scoring the last run of the 2019 Big Slick softball game, Paul Rudd was lifted up by his teammates and he thanked the crowd. Ryan Weaver Special to The Star

Big Slick Party & Show

The weekend’s centerpiece starts at 8 pm Saturday, June 25, at the T-Mobile Center downtown. Tickets range from $ 75 for standard lower level to $ 250- $ 375 for upgraded seats with Founder’s Club access, including drink tickets or open bar. See bigslickkc.org or T-MobileCenter.com.

In between the comedy and musical performances that night, people can try to outbid each other on a slate of auction items. Previous big-ticket items included a visit to the set of one of Rudd’s Ant-Man movies and a dinner with Kansas City Chiefs stars.

Note: Organizers decided this year not to hold the annual Saturday morning bowling tournament and red carpet arrival.

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George Wendt, a Rockhurst University grad, will return to Kansas City to drink beer with a lucky Big Slick winner. John Sleezer The Kansas City Star

Online auction

Organizers kicked off an online auction of items with Hollywood flair on Tuesday. Up for grabs is “Drinks with Norm” at Boulevard Brewing Company. Norm is actor George Wendt, who played Norm on “Cheers.” He’s also Sudeikis’ uncle.

Other auction items include lunch with “Shadowhunters” star Katherine McNamara of Lee’s Summit, who will also appear at events; cocktails and karaoke with former Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt; a meet-and-greet with musician David Cook of Blue Springs, also scheduled to appear; and tickets to several talk shows, including Kelly Clarkson, Drew Barrymore, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Daily Show.”

See bigslickkc.org for more.

Who’s coming

In the past, organizers have announced last-minute additions, such as Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. But for now, the celebrity guests joining the hometown hosts include:

Actor Dylan Baker (“Hunters,” “Homeland,” “The Good Wife”)

Comedian Aisling Bea (“Living With Yourself”)

Musician David Cook (“American Idol,” from Blue Springs)

WWE star Happy Corbin (aka Tom Pestock of Lenexa)

Musician Sheryl Crow (from Kennett, Missouri)

YouTube star Sean Evans (host of “Hot Ones”)

Actress Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live,” from Kansas City)

Actress Ginger Gonzaga (“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” “Mixology,” “Togetherness”)

Country singer Logan Mize (from Clearwater, Kansas)

Actress Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters,” “Arrow,” from Lee’s Summit)

Comedian James Murray (“Impractical Jokers”)

Actor Randy Flagler (“Chicago Fire”)

Comedian Seth Herzog (“The Tonight Show”)

Actor Samm Levine (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Freaks and Geeks”)

Actor Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Usual Suspects”)

TV personality Adeev Potash (jazz musician and co-host of Takeout Twins ”)

TV personality Ezra Potash (jazz musician and co-host of “Takeout Twins”)

Comedian Brian Quinn (“Impractical Jokers”)

Actor Kevin Rahm (“Madam Secretary,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Mad Men”)

Actress Andrea Savage (“Veep,” “Step Brothers,” “I’m Sorry”)

Sportscaster Peter Schrager (Fox Sports, NFL Network)

Actor Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” Severance)

Actor Martin Starr (Spider-Man, Silicon Valley)

Sportscaster Joe Tessitore (ABC, ESPN)

Comedian Sara Tiana

Actor James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, CSI: Cyber)

Magician Blake Vogt

Comedian Gary Anthony Williams (“The Boondocks”)

Actor David Zayas (“Dexter,” “The Expendables,” “Bloodline”)

Big Slick hometown hosts Paul Rudd, left, and Rob Riggle will return. Shane Keyser skeyser@kcstar.com

What were they in again?

More about the hometown hosts:

Paul Rudd, Shawnee Mission West grad: The Ant-Man and Avengers movies. Also: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “This is 40,” “Anchorman,” “Clueless.”

Eric StonestreetPiper High: “Modern Family,” “Domino Masters,” “The Toy Box,” “The Secret Life of Pets” movies.

Rob RiggleShawnee Mission South: “12 Strong,” “21 Jump Street,” “Holey Moley.”

David KoechnerTipton (Missouri) High: “Anchorman,” “Get Smart,” “America’s Top Dog.”

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Lisa Gutierrez writes about medical and health-related issues for The Kansas City Star. She is a Kansas native and veteran of five newsrooms. She was a caregiver for her husband, who had dementia, until he died in July 2019.

Sharon Hoffmann is an enterprise editor at The Star. She grew up in the KC area, graduated from the University of Kansas and promptly moved away. After she married and had kids, she just had to come back. She has been editing Kansas City Star stories since 1999.


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