A ‘kinky’ Idol, Mad Man and HBO alum highlight latest Big Slick celeb announcements

A “slick” and “kinky” “American Idol” winner headlines the latest batch of Big Slick 2019 celebrity announcements.

Blue Springs rocker David Cook, the Season 7 “American Idol” winner and recent Broadway star of “Kinky Boots,” has signed on for another year of fun with the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend guys as they continue to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Joining Cook on the second day of announcements Tuesday was actor Kevin Rahm, of TV’s “Lethal Weapon,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Mad Men” and “Madame Secretary,” and Martin Starr, who plays Peter Parker’s science teacher in the latest Spider-Man movies and is also known for his roles on NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks,” HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Knocked Up.”

On Monday, Big Slick organizers kicked off their celebrity guest announcements with Zachary Levi (star of DC Comics’ “Shazam”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Adam Scott (“Big Little Lies”) and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson.

The 10th annual fundraiser is set for June 7-8. Events this year include the usual: a Friday night celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium; a Saturday morning red carpet arrival, bowling tournament and free block party at Pinstripes in Overland Park; and a Saturday night auction.

But this year brings a twist: Instead of holding the auction at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, this year’s event is moving to the Sprint Center, making nearly 5,000 more tickets available.

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Actor Martin Starr will return for another round of Big Slick. Richard Shotwell Invision/AP

Big Slick began as a poker tournament in 2010 hosted by celeb friends Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis, who all grew up in Overland Park. They were soon joined by Eric Stonestreet of Kansas City, Kansas, and David Koechner of Tipton, Missouri. Since then, Big Slick has raised more than $8 million for the hospital.

The Big Slick celebrity lineup will continue to be announced weekdays through May 24.

Find tickets to all Big Slick events at bigslickkc.org.

Actor Kevin Rahm has been a frequent guest at Big Slick. Susan Pfannmuller Special to the Star
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