David Cook is such a big Kansas City Royals fan that he’s been spotted getting autographs at spring training and does whatever he can to juggle his concert schedule with postseason games. So the “American Idol” winner from Blue Springs should be thrilled at the chance to play in the Big Slick celebrity softball game June 17, right on the Kauffman Stadium field.
Cook is among the latest names to be announced as guests of the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend. Also just announced for the fundraiser: “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte, who starred in the Oscar-nominated “Nebraska,” created TV’s “The Last Man on Earth” and, perhaps most importantly, plays a bagpipe in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”
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Earlier on Wednesday, Big Slick organizers released three more names on the celebrity list — one of whom has plenty of experience with a baseball bat (albeit for hitting zombies, not softballs).
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays baddie Negan on TV’s “The Walking Dead,” will make his Big Slick debut this year. His career may give him an advantage for the softball game — he played Joe DiMaggio in Lifetime’s “Marilyn” and, as Negan, he swings a barbed-wire-covered baseball bat, called Lucille, to ward off enemies.
Joining him are actor Josh Hopkins, known for his roles on “Quantico” and “Cougar Town,” and Neil Flynn, who plays the lovable Midwestern father on “The Middle.”
Big Slick — hosted by hometown stars Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner — will mark its seventh year June 17 and 18 benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy.
All this week, organizers are slowly rolling out the list of celebrity guests. Tuesday night, they announced comedians George Wendt, John Hodgman and Robert Smigel. Earlier on Tuesday: stars Aisha Tyler, James Van der Beek and Kevin Pollak. On Monday: Olivia Wilde, James Marsden, Kevin Rahm and Judy Greer.
Earlier, organizers had announced that another “American Idol” alum, Chris Daughtry, would not only attend but also offer a big prize to bid on: a chance to attend the Big Slick events and then fly with him to Illinois to accompany him onstage at a performance there. Here’s that announcement:
Kate Miller: 816-234-4077, @_Kate_Miller_
Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc
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.