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2017 BIG SLICK GUESTS
Hometown... Lynwood, California
Claims to Fame... From “Eat It” to “Amish Paradise”, he has sold more than 12 million albums of parody and original humors songs, won four Grammys, and performed more than 1,000 live shows
Seen Lately... Or heard. Al did the theme song for the new Captain Underpants movie
But Did You Know... Yankovic graduated as valedictorian of his high school at the age of 16
Hometown... Chicago, Illinois
Claims to Fame... Memorable comedic roles in Comedy Central’s Another Period and the 2014 film Life Partners
Seen Lately... As anti-villain and love-to-hate Director of Purchasing Linda Ferguson in the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black
But Did You Know... Dover has a not-so-hidden passion for karaoke
Hometown... Lebanon, Indiana
Claims to Fame... One of the most respected magicians in the industry, he’s created magic for David Copperfield, David Blaine, Dynamo and other top magicians
Seen Lately... lending his expertise to movies such as Now You See Me 1 & 2, and Marvel’s Ant-Man. You can also see Blake in action on NBC’s America’s Got Talent
But Did You Know... You’ll never see Blake pull a rabbit out of a hat, because he’s actually very allergic to those adorable creatures
Hometown... Blue Springs, Missouri
Claims to Fame... American Idol winner, platinum recording artist
Seen Lately... Performing around the country on the Digital Vein tour
But Did You Know... Cook earned his degree in graphic design from the University of Central Missouri in nearby Warrensburg
Hometown... Overland Park, Kansas
Claims to Fame... His roles in box office hits The Dark Knight, Ant-Man, Animals and Prisoners
Seen Lately... Appearing in The Flash, Gotham and Twin Peaks
But Did You Know... After college, David worked as a professional fisherman in Alaska, a circus performer, movie theatre usher and playwright
Hometown... Shaker Heights, Ohio
Claims to Fame... As co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and the MTV series The State
Seen Lately... His work on Wet Hot American Summer: First day of Camp and his reoccurring role of Rabbi Jewy McJewJew on the TV series Children’s Hospital, where he is also the Executive Producer
But Did You Know... David’s won 3 primetime Emmys
Hometown... Chicago, Illinois
Claims to Fame... Norm Peterson on Cheers, of course, plus everything from Saturday Night Live to Fletch to Seinfeld to The Simpsons to Portlandia
Seen Lately... Reprising his role as Tracy Turnblad’s dad in a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presentation of Hairspray
But Did You Know... Wendt graduated from Kansas City’s Rockhurst College with a B.A. in economics
Hometown... New York City, New York
Claims to Fame... Devoted husband and loving father Andy Torres on Cougar Town
Seen Lately... Guest starring on ABC’s The Real O’Neil’s and Fresh off the Boat, as well as reprising the role of Mike in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
But Did You Know... Gomez was the basis for the “Ian Miller” character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, written by his real-life wife (and Big Slick alum) Nia Vardalos
Hometown... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Claims to Fame... Host of The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN, former Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News, author of the bestseller The Outpost
Seen Lately... As a frequent guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The View, and Real Time with Bill Maher
But Did You Know... In 2006 Tapper married his wife, Jennifer, right here in Kansas City
Hometown... Cheshire, Connecticut
Claims to Fame... Dawson in Dawson’s Creek, plus big-screen bonanzas in Varsity Blues, The Rules of Attraction and other films
Seen Lately... In CBS’s CSI: Cyber
But Did You Know... At Drew University, Van Der Beek was a member of the all-male acapella group 36 Madison Avenue
Hometown... Plainview, New York
Claims to Fame... Correspondent for NBC’s TODAY
Seen Lately... As a broadcaster for the New York Knicks and as the co-author of the New York Times best selling style guides “I Have Nothing to Wear! Fashion for Dummies” and “The Weekend Makeover”
But Did You Know... Jill earned eight Emmy’s for her reporting with the New York Knicks
Hometown... Queens, New York / Margate, Florida
Claims to Fame... MTV’s The Slate, Comedy Central’s Reno 911!, plus big-screen turns in I Love You, Man, Role Models, Superbad, Pineapple Express and several others
Seen Lately... Buddying up with Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
But Did You Know... Lo Truglio is also an animator and cartoonist
Hometown... Knoxville, Tennessee (obviously)
Claims to Fame... MTV’s Jackass and the five feature films it spawned
Seen Lately... Back to “old” tricks in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and the crime thriller Skiptrace
But Did You Know... Knoxville graduated from the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Hometown... Lexington, Kentucky
Claims to Fame... Grayson Ellis, Courtney Cox’s neighbor and then hubby on Cougar Town
Seen Lately... As FBI agent Liam O’Connor on ABC’s Quantico
But Did You Know... Hopkins is an amateur musician who once performed at Lollapalooza (accompanied by James Marsden)
Hometown... San Francisco, California
Claims to Fame... Roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men and Avalon, plus comedy that includes dead-on impressions of Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro and William Shatner
Seen Lately... As Ralph Slutsky in War Dogs, the satirical Netflix film Special Correspondents and hosting Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show online
But Did You Know... Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting a regular game with his celebrity pals
Hometown... Bossier City, Louisiana
Claims to Fame... Major roles on Mad Men, Desperate Housewives and Judging Amy
Seen Lately... As a featured player on CBS’s Madam Secretary and a regular on the Fox series Lethal Weapon
But Did You Know... As a student at BYU, Rahm won the Irene Ryan Award for best college actor
Hometown... Los Angeles, California
Claims to Fame... She’s the title character, Ally Dawson, in Disney’s Austin & Ally
Seen Lately... As Ravenna in the TV series short Princess Rap Battle
But Did You Know... Laura has done many voice-over jobs including the commercially successful animated films, Finding Nemo and Ice Age: The Meltdown
Hometown... Independence, Missouri
Claims to Fame... Part of the mother-and-son folk duo, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Seen Lately... Performing in the USA and Canada
But Did You Know... The two started off writing music at the family’s dining room table
Hometown... Santa Monica, California
Claims to Fame... TV’s Freaks and Geeks, Ed, Community, Park and Recreation, plus films such as Knocked Up, Superbad and This is the End
Seen Lately... The guileless Gilfoyle on HBO’s Silicon Valley
But Did You Know... Martin’s mother, actress Jean St. James, is a Kansas native
Hometown... Overland Park, Kansas
Claims to Fame... He’s Capp on the TV Drama Chicago Fire
Seen Lately... Along with his role on Chicago Fire, Randy recently played Rick Racketface on the TV series Boyband
But Did You Know... He attended Shawnee Mission South High School during the same time as comedian/actor Rob Riggle
Hometown... Chicago Illinois / Fort Lee, New Jersey
Claims to Fame... Freaks and Geeks, Entourage, Lost, Modern Family, Wet Hot American Summer and Inglorious Basterds
Seen Lately... As Markley Kaufmann in WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation and returning as the voice of Arty for Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
But Did You Know... Levine performed stand-up at his own bar mitzvah before taking his act to New York comedy clubs while he was still under age
Hometown... Vancouver, British Columbia
Claims to Fame... Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs, Dr. Stella Zinman on How I Met Your Mother and (the second) Becky on Roseanne
Seen Lately... As the voice of Beth Smith on Rick and Morty and as Kate in the dramedy After the Reality
But Did You Know... Chalke is a competitive race-walker
Hometown... Princeton, New Jersey
Claims to Fame... Stalwart of the New York comedy scene, roles in the films such as Prime, Role Models and The Baxter
Seen Lately... As a warm-up comic and regular sketch player on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
But Did You Know... Herzog’s signature move is the Wonder Woman Dance, which he performed regularly (in costume) at the Slipper Room in NYC
Hometown... Moraga, California
Claims to Fame... A decade in the cast of Saturday Night Live, then took MacGruber to the big screen, plus his acclaimed dramatic role in Nebraska
Seen Lately... Starring in Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, which he also created, and popping up in the new comedy Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
But Did You Know... Forte started a career as a financial broker, before quitting to take improv classes
Hometown... Lake Charles, Louisiana
Claims to Fame... Chuck Bartowski in the NBC series, Chuck, as well as starring in features such as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel and Thor: The Dark World
Seen Lately... As the voice of Eugene Fitzherbert/ Flynn Rider in Tangled: The Series
But Did You Know... He started his own company called The Nerd Machine
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