There’s a Disproportionate Number of Awesome Comedians From Kansas City

Today’s Al Roker sat down with the organizers of Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a charity event in Kansas City, Mo., that raises money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital. First item of note: how many great comedians come from Kansas City. Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner, and Eric Stonestreet all hail from the City of Fountains. Riggle originally spearheaded the event, recruiting Rudd and eventually gathering other comedic friends from the area.

Once a year, this gang invites other celebrities to help with a weekend of activities for Children’s Mercy, which raised $1.3 million this year, a new record. “It’s a pretty exceptional place. It runs on donations; they’re not a part of a network,” said Rudd. “They don’t turn anyone away.” The fundraiser culminates in a celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium, a fitting way for these funny guys to give back to their hometown.

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