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From Paul Rudd to David Koechner: Who’s the big shot in Big Slick?

How do the Big Slick stars stack up against one another?

Every year Paul Rudd, Robb Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner host Big Slick weekend in Kansas City. How do those stars all stack up against one another?
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Every year Paul Rudd, Robb Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner host Big Slick weekend in Kansas City. How do those stars all stack up against one another?

No question: The Big Slick boys are big stuff around Kansas City.

They’ve raised millions over the years for Children’s Mercy and hyped KC on their various late-night talk show appearances.

While the gang raised a record $1.75 million for Big Slick this year, 2018 looks even bigger.

Jason Sudeikis is featured in “Downsizing,” a possible Oscar contender from perennial nominee Alexander Payne (“Sideways”). Eric Stonestreet will start his 10th season as Cam on “Modern Family.” Rob Riggle pops up in the teen drama “Midnight Sun” and the kids comedy “The War With Grandpa.” David Koechner’s “Superior Donuts” just got picked up for more episodes, and he also stars in IFC’s “Stan Against Evil.” And Paul Rudd will show up in what are sure to be two Marvel megahits: “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

With huge years ahead, we took a deep dive into the shallow end of the Internet to see how the guys compared to one another in several categories — from who’s tallest to who’s the most popular in Lithuania.

Yeah, Lithuania.

The results may surprise you.

▪ Who’s the youngest? Sudeikis, at 42.

▪ Oldest? Koechner, at 55.

▪ Who has the highest net worth? Rudd at $30 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.

▪ Which were born in Kansas and Missouri? Stonestreet was born in KCK, and Koechner was born in Tipton, Mo. The other three were born in other states.

▪ Who is the tallest? Riggle, at 6-feet-3 inches.

▪ The shortest? Rudd, at 5-feet-10 inches.

▪ Who was searched the most in 2017 around the world? Google Trends (as of this week) gives the nod to Rudd, though he, Stonestreet and Sudeikis all had spikes in April. Some likely reasons: Big Slick tickets sales began, Stonestreet’s reality show “The Toy Box” debuted, and Sudeikis’ film “Colossal” was released.

Sudeikis even managed to overtake Rudd in Google searches for a brief period that month. As part of his promotion tour, on April 4, he brought Joe’s Kansas City barbecue to the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — a story readers loved. Sudeikis held the second spot for most of the rest of year.

▪ What country had the highest proportion of Google searches for Eric Stonestreet the most? Norway.

▪ Sudeikis? Lithuania.

▪ Ah, but who loves them more: Kansas or Missouri? All five are more beloved in Kansas than Missouri. The Sunflower State has a higher proportion of searches for them on Google.

▪ Who has the best movies? Well, none has a great track record in terms of quality. Rudd’s films average a 56 out of 100 on the reviewing site Metacritic.com. Nobody else breaks a 50.

▪ TV shows? Stonestreet, whose TV shows average 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.

▪ Who has appeared in the highest grossing movie? Rudd, as a part of Team Cap in “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed $408 million in the U.S. and $1.15 billion worldwide.

▪ But who has made the best movie? It depends on the type of film. Rudd appears in the 2012 documentary about casting directors “Casting By,” which has a 94 percent Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. He also has a 93 percent Fresh rating on the animated “The Little Prince.” Stonestreet had a bit part as “Sheldon the Desk Clark” in “Almost Famous” (88 percent Fresh). Sudeikis was the male lead in “Colossal” (80 percent Fresh).

▪ And the worst? That dubious distinction goes to Koechner, who appeared in “Brother’s Justice,” which has an Rotten Tomatoes score of 0.

If this isn’t enough, here’s a whole bunch more Big Slick data for you to enjoy!

Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd appeared in the highest grossing movie, as a part of Team Cap in “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed $408 million in the U.S. and $1.15 billion worldwide. Doug Peters TNS

Birthdate: April 6, 1969

Height: 5-feet-10 inches

Birthplace: Passaic, N.J.

Net worth: $30 million

Most popular in: U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom

Top related Google searches: Along with “ant man,” “friends” and “clueless” many searched “paul rudd mirror speech.” (Don’t get the reference? Folks apparently were looking for his foul-mouthed self pep talk from “Wanderlust.” Warning: Very NSFW.)

Other stuff: In addition to the guys’ Big Slick charity work, Rudd is a supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Adrienne Shelley Foundation. He’s helped collect toys for “The Today Show’s” annual toy drive and donated items to Homes for our Troops Veterans Day Celebrity Auction.

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Eric Stonestreet

Birthdate: Sept. 9, 1971

Height: 6 feet

Birthplace: Kansas City, Kan.

Net worth: $23 million

Most popular in: Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, U.S.

Top related Google searches: “is eric stonestreet homosexual” and “is eric stonestreet married” (he’s straight and unmarried, but he plays a married gay man on “Modern Family”)

Other stuff: Stonestreet, who earns $190,000 thousand per episode of “Modern Family,” donated $5,000 to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s SAFE program last year at the holidays. In 2016, he donated $50,000 to cancer research at his alma mater, Kansas State University. Right after Thanksgiving, he donated toys to the KCK police department.

Jason Sudeikis

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Jason Sudeikis is huge in Lithuania, at least in terms of Google searches. Jordan Strauss AP

Birthdate: Sept. 18, 1975

Height: 6 feet

Birthplace: Fairfax, Va.

Net worth: $10 million

Most popular in: Lithuania, U.S., Canada, Hungary, Australia

Top related Google searches: “olivia wilde” and “jason sudeikis wife,” though Sudeikis has said he and Wilde will get married when “weed is legal in every state.”

Other stuff: In November, Sudeikis brought friends Will Forte and Fred Armisen to KC for Thundergong!, a fundraiser for Steps of Faith, which provides prosthetic limbs to people in need.

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Rob Riggle

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The top Google searches for Rob Riggle include “kfc”; “step brothers”; and “rob riggle starboy.” Submitted

Birthdate: April 21, 1970

Height: 6-feet-3 inches

Birthplace: Louisville, Ky.

Net worth: $10 million

Most popular in: U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand

Top related Google searches: “kfc” (he has played mascot Colonel Sanders in the chicken joint’s ads); “step brothers” (a modern comedy classic — POW!”); and “rob riggle starboy” (folks apparently were looking for his music video parody of The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” in which he played a Dallas Cowboys fan, singing “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys?”)

Other stuff: Riggle, a former Marine, has given time to the prostate cancer campaign Save the Males as well as veterans organizations. He hosted the second annual Rob Riggle Invitational Classic golf tournament on Dec. 4.

David Koechner

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David Koechner, of Tipton, Mo., is the oldest of the Big Slick celebs at at 55. Submitted

Birthdate: Aug. 24, 1962

Height: 6-feet-2 inches

Birthplace: Tipton, Mo.

Net worth: $5 million

Most popular in: U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand

Top related Google searches: “anchorman,” in which he played sportsguy Champ Kind; and “todd packer,” his offensive oaf in “The Office.”

Other stuff: Koechner and Riggle were back in KC a couple of weeks ago for the Big Slick Tailgate Experience, which raised $60,000 for Children’s Mercy. Koechner performed with comedians Bill Burr and Anjelah Johnson in April for a fundraiser for Fisher House and Cedars-Senai NICU.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese

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