High school photos: Our Big Slick celebrities, before they were famous

When you go back to your hometown to host a big charity event, what do you hope for most in the world? That someone will splash your old high school yearbook photos all over the local newspaper, right?

That’s what we thought!

Nice mullet, Rudd. Sweet face, Sudeikis. Beat West, Riggle. Heave that the shot put, Stonestreet.

It’s Big Slick Celebrity Weekend time again — fifth annual — so we welcome home Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and, new to hosting duties, Eric Stonestreet for this year’s fundraising events to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

All four blasted through their glory days right here in the ’burbs before moving on to other endeavors, like becoming TV and movie stars.

Rudd and Sudeikis are Shawnee Mission West graduates, Rudd in 1987 and Sudeikis in 1994. Riggle graduated from Shawnee Mission South in 1988. Stonestreet is a 1990 Piper High School graduate.

The fifth host, actor David Koechner of “The Office” and “Anchorman” fame, hails from Tipton, Mo., and has lots of relatives in the Kansas City area.

The hosts also invite a long list of celebrity guests for the weekend (we’ve seen the likes of Jon Hamm and Sudeikis’ fiancee, Olivia Wilde), and, besides the fundraising, they visit the hospital and play with the youngsters.

New this year: The Big Slick tournament is switching from poker to bowling and bocce, although it’s not exactly clear how the big slick poker term will translate to the lanes. Doesn’t matter.

The point, of course, is to raise money for the hospital. Last year, Big Slick netted $625,000 for the Cancer Center, and the celebrity weekends have raised about $1.5 million overall.

“While the poker tournament was terrific, and while we could revisit it again, we just thought it would be fun to try something different,” said spokesman David Levy.

So, c’mon Rudd. C’mon Sudeikis, Riggle, Stonestreet and Koechner. Let’s play!

To reach Edward M. Eveld, call 816-234-4442 or send email to eeveld@kcstar.com.


5:30 p.m. Friday: Big Slick Celebrity Classic Wiffle ball game at Kauffman Stadium’s Little K diamond prior to the Royals-Mariners game.

10:30 a.m. Saturday: Big Slick Celebrity Bowl tournament at Pinstripes, 13500 Nall Ave. in Overland Park. (Sponsorships cost $1,500-$5,000.)

8:15 p.m. Saturday: Big Slick Celebrity Party and Auction at the Midland downtown. Auction items in the past have included visits to the “Modern Family” set and movie premieres. (Auction tickets cost $50-$75; the party costs a minimum of $1,000.)

Information: For tickets and sponsorships, go to bigslickkc.org.

Paul Rudd

Jason Sudekis

Rob Riggle

Eric Stonestreet