Big Slick brings in a fresh, new celebrity and a couple of returning favorites

Jermaine Fowler (center) stars with Big Slick host David Koechner (right) on the CBS comedy “Superior Donuts.” Rell Battle (left) also stars.
Jermaine Fowler (center) stars with Big Slick host David Koechner (right) on the CBS comedy “Superior Donuts.” Rell Battle (left) also stars. CBS

Stand-up comedian and actor Jermaine Fowler will make his debut as a guest at Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2017, along with returning Hollywood celebrities Aisha Tyler and Kevin Pollak.

Fowler, 29, stars on the new CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts,” which also happens to feature David Koechner of Tipton, Mo., one of the five Big Slick hosts. He also stars in HBO’s comedy series “Crashing” and has worked on MTV’s “Guy Code” and “Bojack Horseman” and “Robot Chicken” on Cartoon Network.

Tyler, 46, is a host on “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” and “The Talk” and stars in the hit CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds.” She’s been all over Big Slick before but last year had to bow out at the last minute.

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Actress and TV host Aisha Tyler will return for another year of Big Slick festivities. Chris Pizzello Invision/AP

Pollak, 59, a Big Slick regular, is best known for the films “A Few Good Men” and “The Usual Suspects” and has appeared on TV’s “Entourage,” “Angie Tribeca” and “Drunk History.”

Wednesday’s announcement is the second group named for the fundraiser. Tuesday’s initial Big Slick celeb reveal was Weird Al Yankovic, Johnny Knoxville and Jake Tapper. Each weekday Big Slick will announce three additional guests through June 16, for a total of 27.

They will join in on the celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. June 23 at Kauffman Stadium; the block party, red carpet arrival and bowling tournament in the Prairiefire shopping center in Overland Park at 8:30 a.m. June 24; and the party and charity auction at 7 that night at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

The auction is sold out, and only a limited number of tickets remain for the bowling tournament.

Anyone with a ticket to the Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays game at 7:15 p.m. June 23 can watch the celebrity softball game beforehand. If you purchase through, $5 goes to the charity.

Comedian Kevin Pollak struck a pose at 2016’s Big Slick red carpet outside Pinstripes in Overland Park before the celebrity bowling tournament inside. T. Rob Brown Special to The Star

If you want to be in the thick of the action, you can enter Big Slick’s national online fundraising raffle for as little as $10. Everyone who enters gets Big Slick merchandise, but the big prize is the chance to play in the celebrity softball game and receive VIP tickets to the other events. Go to

The block party outside Pinstripes in Prairiefire is free.

The event — hosted by hometown stars Koechner, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Eric Stonestreet — is in its eighth year of fundraising for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy.

More info at

Aaron Randle: 816-234-4060, @aaronronel

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Kevin Pollak is a Big Slick regular. Here he is in 2012 (at right) with teammates Jake Johnson (left) and Big Slick host Eric Stonestreet playing around at Kauffman Stadium. DAVID EULITT