It’s not his hometown barbecue, but it’s “finger-lickin’ good,” according to Rob Riggle.
The actor, originally from Overland Park, is featured in a new set of advertisements for Kentucky Fried Chicken as the white-goateed chicken lover himself: Colonel Sanders. He’s the fifth actor to play the colonel since KFC started its new ad campaign, this time “launching” KFC’s first professional football team, The Buckets.
In one of the videos, Riggle (as the Colonel) introduces the new team, saying it’s not “just a marketing gimmick to get delicious chicken in front of football fans." A dead-eyed quarterback (played by Topeka native J.B. Bauersfeld, former sportcaster for WIBW-TV) confirms the statement with a monotone “Yes, we are a real team.”
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Four videos feature Riggle as the Colonel, promoting the KFC $20 Fill Ups. The company has been trotting out new Colonels in the past year and half: former Colonels include actors George Hamilton, Jim Gaffigan, Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald.
Of course, in Kansas City, we know Riggle for his work with Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a fundraiser for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Watch the rest of his ads below.
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