November 20, 2013

What you don’t know about Rob Riggle

The man who is turning on the Plaza lights this year has a resume that includes a stint on “Saturday Night Live,” roles in a host of movies, service in the Marine Corps and unswerving optimism about the fortunes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Full name:

Robert Allen Riggle Jr.


Louisville, Ky.


Overland Park




Comedian and actor

Known for:

Being a featured player on “Saturday Night Live” (2004-05), a correspondent for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (2006-08), and a cast member on “Gary Unmarried” (2009). Currently he has a regular gig as the house comedian on “Fox NFL Sunday.”

Once starred as:

One of the “Flab Four” in “Straight Plan for the Gay Man,” a parody of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Once told an audience:

At the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner that he peed into Brush Creek during a Plaza lighting ceremony. (We hope he was kidding.)

Holds the rank of:

Lt. colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Served in the Marines: For

23 years. A combat veteran, he was in Afghanistan, Liberia and Kosovo.

In Afghanistan:

He helped build roads, schools and medical clinics.

Appeared in:

Numerous films, including “The Hangover,” “Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Unaccompanied Minors” and “Step Brothers.”


A bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in theater and film, and a masters of public administration from Webster University.

Heroes include:

Elvis Presley, George Washington, George Brett, John F. Kennedy, Will Ferrell, Teddy Roosevelt and Dick Vermeil.

Might just star in:

A “Modern Family” spinoff that ABC is considering based on the character of Gil Thorpe, a real estate agent and nemesis to the show’s Realtor father, Phil Dunphy.

Member of:


Once drank beers with:

Jim Koch, the founder of the Samuel Adams Brewery.


The annual Big Slick Poker Tournament in Kansas City to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Every year:

He predicts his beloved Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl. (This year he finally may be right.)

Plays in:

A fantasy football league called the Hollywood Phonies with other celebrities.


To water ski at the age of 6 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Once dreamed of being:

An FBI agent.

Dropped out of:

Flight school to become a comedian.

Taught comedy by:

Amy Poehler

Likes to hand out: Bottles of Kansas City barbecue sauce to his famous friends.

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