Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2017: What you need to know

Check out Big Slick celebrities at these weekend events

Here’s everything you need to know about the eighth annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the eighth annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about the eighth annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend:

The basics

Hometown celebrities Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner host 26 celeb friends June 23-24 to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. So far, Big Slick has donated $4.5 million.

You can still go to …

▪ The celebrity softball game: 5 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Kauffman Stadium. Admission is included for anyone attending the Royals/Blue Jays game at 7:15 p.m. Buy through and $5 goes to the charity.

▪ Free block party and red carpet arrival: The block party, including kids activities, starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, outside Pinstripes at Prairiefire in Overland Park. The celebrities will walk a red carpet at 9:45 before heading in to their bowling tournament.

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Once again, Paul Rudd and his fellow celebrities will walk a red carpet before their Saturday morning bowling tournament. T. Rob Brown Special to The Star

▪ After party: 3 p.m. June 24 at Pinstripes. After the celebrities leave, Pinstripes is offering free bowling and bocce. Buy Big Slick specialty drinks — Limoncello Mojito and Key Lime Pie Martini — and $2 goes to Children’s Mercy.

Sold out events

▪ Celebrity bowling tournament, 10:30 a.m. June 24 at Pinstripes.

▪ Auction and victory party, 8 p.m. June 24 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Past auction items included set visits to Stonestreet’s “Modern Family” and to the premieres of “Ant-Man,” “Westworld” and “Horrible Bosses,” and autographed merchandise.

Who’s coming

The Big Slick hosts are bringing along 26 of their celeb friends for the weekend activities:

Sarah Chalke, actress (“Roseanne,” “Scrubs”)

David Cook, singer, “American Idol” winner, Blue Springs South grad

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“American Idol” winner David Cook of Blue Springs wore a Chewbacca mask at last year’s celebrity softball game. Shane Keyser

David Dastmalchian, actor and Shawnee Mission South grad (“Ant-Man,” “Twin Peaks”)

Beth Dover, actress (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Randy Flagler, actor (“Chicago Fire”)

Will Forte, actor (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Last Man on Earth”)

Ian Gomez, actor (“Supergirl,” “Cougar Town”)

Seth Herzog, actor (“Role Models”)

Josh Hopkins, actor (“Cougar Town,” “Quantico”)

Johnny Knoxville, stunt comedian (“Jackass,” “Bad Grandpa”)

Zachary Levi, actor (“Chuck,” “Tangled”)

Samm Levine, actor (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Freaks and Geeks”)

Joe Lo Truglio, actor (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Role Models”)

Laura Marano, actress (“The War With Grandpa”)

Jill Martin, “Today” show personality

Kevin Pollak, actor (“A Few Good Men,” “The Usual Suspects”)

Kevin Rahm, actor (“Mad Men,” Fox’s “Lethal Weapon”)

Martin Starr, actor (“Silicon Valley,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Jake Tapper, CNN newsman

James van der Beek, actor (“Dawson’s Creek,” “CSI: Cyber”)

Blake Vogt, magician (“America’s Got Talent”)

David Wain, actor/writer/director (“Role Models,” “Wet Hot American Summer”)

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, KC folk duo (Madisen Ward and his mom, Ruth Ward)

George Wendt, actor (“Cheers,” Sudeikis’ uncle)

Weird Al Yankovic, parodist, comedian

Who’s not coming

Four announced guests had to cancel:

Curt Menefee, Fox sportscaster

James Marsden, actor (“X-Men,” “Westworld,” “Anchorman 2”)

Jermaine Fowler, comedian/actor (“Guy Code,” “Crashing,” “Superior Donuts”)

Aisha Tyler, actress and TV host (“Criminal Minds,” “The Talk”)

And Big Slick regular Olivia Wilde, Sudeikis’ fiancee, is busy starring in the Broadway production of “1984,” opening June 22.

Big Slick is an annual fundraising event hosted by Kansas City natives, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, David Koechner and their friends. All proceeds go to the Cancer Center at Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City.

Other ways to support

Donate $100 and become a member of the Children’s Mercy super fan club, complete with limited edition Charlie Hustle Big Slick T-shirt.

Buy Big Slick Beard Balms from or any Charlie Hustle Co. locations. All proceeds go toward Children’s Mercy.

What were they in again?

Here’s what makes the hometown hosts such a big deal:

Paul Rudd, Shawnee Mission West grad: “Ant-Man” and Avengers films, “Role Models,” “Anchorman,” “Clueless”

Jason Sudeikis, Shawnee Mission West: “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers,” “Saturday Night Live”

Rob Riggle, Shawnee Mission South grad: “21 Jump Street,” Fox NFL Sunday, “The Daily Show”

Eric Stonestreet, Piper High grad: “Modern Family,” “The Toy Box,” “The Secret Life of Pets”

David Koechner, Tipton, Mo. (but wife Leigh is from Overland Park): “Superior Donuts,” “Anchorman,” “Get Smart”

More details on everything at

Aaron Randle: 816-234-4060, @aaronronel