Three more comedians — George Wendt, John Hodgman and Robert Smigel — all alums of the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, will return to town next week for more softball high jinks, a bowling tournament and major fundraising for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy.
Wendt may be best known nationally for playing bar stool fixture Norm on “Cheers,” but to Kansas Citians, he’s also the uncle of Big Slick host Jason Sudeikis and a frequent guest star at the New Theatre Restaurant.
Hodgman has been all over TV, movies and humor books but is probably best known for his stint as a “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” correspondent and for his role as the PC opposite Justin Long’s hipster Mac in the old Apple commercials.
Smigel, a longtime writer for “Saturday Night Live,” is also the hand behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog — who also made an appearance on the field at last year’s Big Slick softball game at Kauffman Stadium.
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Big Slick — hosted by hometown stars Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner — will mark its seventh year June 17 and 18.
All this week, organizers are slowly rolling out the list of celebrity guests. Earlier on Tuesday, they announced stars Aisha Tyler, James Van der Beek and Kevin Pollak. On Monday: Olivia Wilde, James Marsden, Kevin Rahm and Judy Greer.
Big Slick 2016
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend’s big fundraising events — the “Red, White & Bowl” bowling tournament the morning of June 18 and the “Victory Party & Auction” that night — are sold out. Here’s what you can still get in on:
▪ “Star Spangled Softball” game, 5 p.m. June 17, at Kauffman Stadium. Admission is included for anyone attending the Royals/Tigers game at 7:15 p.m.
▪ Red carpet arrival for “Red, White & Bowl,” 9:45 a.m. June 18, at Pinstripes at Prairie Fire in Overland Park. Free.
Find more information at bigslickkc.com.