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David Koechner

IT ALL STARTED IN KC

As a Tipton, Mo. native, Koechner grew up working for his father in the family’s turkey coop business. Later, he studied at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. and then transferred to the University of Missouri, before moving to Chicago to study improv.

HIS BIG BREAK

This Second City Theater alum got his first big break as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live," followed by a part in the move "Wag the Dog."

WHAT HE’S UP TO

Koechner lives in LA with his wife and five children. Always acting, writing and producing, he currently stars on ABC’s “Bless this Mess” and “The Goldberg’s,” as well as Netflix’s “F is for Family.” Koechner also tours the country performing stand-up comedy.

WHY WE LOVE HIM

After appearing in 170+ movies and shows, Koechner’s face (and talent) has become instantly recognizable. Cult favorites include “Waiting,” “Out Cold,” "Thank You for Smoking," “Cheap Thrills,” "Krampus," “Anchorman,” and NBC's "The Office.”


Rob Riggle

IT ALL STARTED IN KC

Riggle was raised in Overland Park, Kan. He attended Shawnee Mission South High School and went to college at the University of Kansas, where he developed his love for the Jayhawks.

HIS BIG BREAK

Riggle got his start at Upright Citizens Brigade. His efforts at UCB earned him a spot on “Saturday Night Live” followed by a correspondent role on “The Daily Show.”

WHAT HE’S UP TO

Riggle is part of the “FOX NFL Sunday” team and recently starred in “Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy” on Crackle. He also has several projects in the works including ABC’s “Holey Moley” mini golf competition and a new adventure series for Discovery.

WHY WE LOVE HIM

An actor, writer, producer and director, Riggle has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years; he’s best known for his roles in “The Hangover,” “21 [and 22] Jump Street,” “Dumb and Dumber To,” “The Other Guys” and “Step Brothers.” Lieutenant Colonel Riggle also served 23 years with the United States Marine Corps and earned more than 22 medals and ribbons to include the Combat Action Ribbon.

Paul Rudd

IT ALL STARTED IN KC

Rudd graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and later attended the University of Kansas where he majored in theater. Rock Chalk!

HIS BIG BREAK

Rudd’s first acting job came when he landed a recurring role on the 90’s hit “Sisters”. Soon after, he co-starred in the major motion picture, “Clueless.”

WHAT HE’S UP TO

Rudd was last seen as Ant-Man in Marvel’s record-breaking “Avengers: Endgame.” He’ll also soon star (twice, playing two characters) in a new Netflix series, “Living with Yourself.”

WHY WE LOVE HIM

As an actor, creator and writer, Rudd has become a go-to funny man in Hollywood. Outside of the Marvel superhero universe, he’s loved for his roles in “This is 40,” “Anchorman,” “Knocked Up,” “Role Models,” “I Love You, Man,” “The 40 year Old Virgin” and “Wet Hot American Summer,” among others.

Eric Stonestreet

IT ALL STARTED IN KC

Born and raised in Kansas City, Kan., Stonestreet was introduced to acting after a friend dared him to audition for the play Prelude to a Kiss while he was studying at Kansas State University.

HIS BIG BREAK

After studying at ImprovOlympic and The Second City in Chicago, Stonestreet started building his impressive resume with roles on “Dharma & Greg,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Party of Five” and the film “Almost Famous” before landing his iconic role in “Modern Family.”

WHAT HE’S UP TO

Stonestreet stars as the lovable Cameron Tucker on ABC’s “Modern Family,” which will soon begin its 11th and final season. He also recently reprised his role as the voice of Duke in the animated sequel, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (now in theatres!).

WHY WE LOVE HIM

Stonestreet has made us laugh for more than a decade on “Modern Family,” earning him two Emmy Awards for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. His resume - and talent – broadly ranges from kid-friendly animation, like “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sofia the First,” to dark and dramatic, including “The Loft” and “Confirmation.”

Jason Sudeikis

IT ALL STARTED IN KC

Sudeikis grew up in Overland Park, Kan. His path in show business began by taking classes at KC’s ComedySportz Theater (now Comedy City).

HIS BIG BREAK

Sudeikis performed with The Second City National Touring Company, ImprovOlympic, The Annoyance Theater, and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam before sending a tape of his work to the producers of “SNL.” After two years as a sketch writer, he found himself camera-side and never looked back.

WHAT HE’S UP TO

Sudeikis lives in the Big Apple with Olivia Wilde and their two kids. Current projects include the movies “Booksmart” (Olivia’s directorial debut and in-theatres now!) and “The Angry Birds Movie 2.” He also recently reprised his Joe Biden impression on “SNL.”

WHY WE LOVE HIM

Sudeikis has a robust resume, including “Horrible Bosses,” “Hall Pass,” “We're the Millers,” “Sleeping with Other People,” “Mother's Day,” “Masterminds,” “Colossal,” and multiple appearances on his BFF Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth.”