Big Slick Celebrity Weekend organizers were saving this announcement for sometime next week.
But NBC's "Today" show anchor and weatherman Al Roker jumped the gun a little with an impromptu announcement of his own. Roker told live TV audiences Tuesday morning that he would be a Big Slick guest — his first time at the annual fundraiser.
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On Wednesday, organizers continued their daily list of Big Slick guests by announcing actors Michael Ian Black, Angela Kinsey and Kevin Rahm.
The four will join hometown hosts Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner on June 1 and 2 to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital.
Each weekday through May 18, organizers will announce additional guests, for an expected total of 36, the most ever.
Rahm has been all over TV, co-starring in the new “Lethal Weapon” series, “Mad Men,” “Madam Secretary,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Judging Amy.”
Kinsey is best known for her role as Angela Martin on NBC's "The Office," though she's been featured on over 20 shows, including ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" and CBS' "New Girl."
Black is a comedic actor, writer and director most known for his role on VH1's decade nostalgia "I Love the 70's/80's/90's" series.
The three actors have all participated in previous Big Slick weekends.
They will join CNN journalist Jake Tapper and actors Will Forte, Charlie Day and Adam Devine, who were announced on Monday, and "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry, Shawnee Mission South grad David Dastmalchian and actor Ian Gomez, who were announced Tuesday.
Three big events are open to the public:
▪ The celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. June 1 at Kauffman Stadium. Anyone with a ticket to the Royals vs. Oakland Athletics game at 7:15 p.m. that night can come early to watch the celebrity game beforehand. If you purchase through royals.com/bigslick, $5 goes to the charity.
▪ The bowling tournament at Pinstripes in the Prairiefire shopping center in Overland Park on June 2. Tickets are $2,500 through bigslickkc.org. But there's no charge for the outdoor block party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes the celebrity red carpet arrival.
▪ The party and charity auction at 7 p.m. June 2 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Last year's big-ticket items included visits to the sets of Rudd's "Ant-Man" sequel and Stonestreet's "Modern Family."
Tickets for the auction are sold out. But for $10, fans can enter to win VIP passes to be backstage and even onstage, plus air and hotel accommodations for two. Details on the sweepstakes are at bigslickkc.org.
Since its beginnings in 2010 as a charity poker tournament, Big Slick has raised over $6.2 million toward research, hospital amenities and medical equipment. Last year alone, Big Slick raised a record $1.75 million.