Big Slick is back, baby! Get ready to enjoy a celebrity-packed talent show benefiting Children’s Mercy

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On Saturday, June 12 Big Slick KC will return to fundraise for Children’s Mercy – but this time, the event will look a little different.

Instead of their usual weekend long event, Big Slick will be hosting a talent show pandemic style: virtually.

The event, originally called Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, was first conceptualized in 2010, when Kansas City natives and actors, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, and Jason Sudeikis joined forces to host a poker tournament to benefit Children’s Mercy, focusing on eradicating childhood cancer.

Since the poker tournament, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend has raised $12 million and hosted several well-known celebrity guests such as Selena Gomez. Recently, Riggle, Rudd, and Sudeikis invited Big Slick alumni, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner to join them as hosts.

Together the five of them will host the Big Slick Virtually Talented Show at 7:30 p.m. June 12. According to a press release posted on the Big Slick website, the talent show will be a wacky, original production, packing 30 celebrity performances into one hour.

“Professional performances will be attempted. Hidden skills may be uncovered. Raw talent is not guaranteed,” the press release says. “However, in true Big Slick style, buckets of wacky fun will be had, and important funds will be raised to ensure Children’s Mercy is at the forefront of pioneering new treatments and cures with the goal of eradicating childhood cancer and transforming pediatric medicine—giving all kids a chance at a healthier future.”

For the free virtual event, Big Slick will partner with Made In KC to create 10-person “watch party packs” so viewers can host watch parties and be a part of the cause. The packs are valued at $300, but cost $2500 as the remaining $2200 will be a tax-deductible donation to support Children’s Mercy. Click here to see what the party packs include and purchase yours.

In addition to party packs, Made In KC will sell limited edition tee-shirts. Proceeds will also benefit Children’s Mercy. The tee shirt is available on the Made In KC website for $50.

Donations of any amount to support Big Slick and Children’s Mercy are also appreciated. Click here to donate.

Details on how to view are pending, so be sure to keep an eye on Big Slick’s social media or website.

The 2021 guest list will include:

Kansas City-area natives Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, and David Koechner.

The virtual event will feature “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kevin Pollak, Nate Bargatze, Samm Levine, Seth Herzog, Will Forte, journalist Jake Tapper, Joe Lo Truglio, Kat McNamara, Beth Dover, David Dastmalchian, David Wain, magician Blake Vogt, Zachary Levi, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Kyle Long, Curt Menefee, Haley Joel Osmet, and Martin Starr.

There also will be performances by Brothers Osborne, David Cook, and Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don, of Rascal Flatts.

Additional appearances announced include Carol Kane, Chris Noth, Jeff Daniels, Lewis Black, Melissa Gilbert, Dylan and Becky Ann Baker, Holland Taylor, Richard Kind, Tony Goldwyn, Bill Irwin, Timothy Busfield, Mario Cantone,  Courtney B. Vance, Daniel Dae Kim, and Jade Catta-Preta.

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