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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 recently wrapped seasons on ABC's "Bless this Mess" and "The Goldberg's". One of his many upcoming projects is voicing the character 'Phil' in the animated film "Marmaduke". Koechner keeps a busy schedule acting, writing, producing & touring 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, widely known for his roles in "The Hangover" and "Step Brothers" can currently be seen commentating epic mini-golf competitions on ABC's "Holey Moley". In his spare time, he can be found traveling the world on his Discovery Channel show "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator".

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 (and Rudd) was last seen playing two characters in the Netflix series "Living With Yourself". His upcoming projects include the movie "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and a new series called "The Shrink Nextdoor" which teams him with Big Slick alumni and "Anchorman" costar, Will Ferrell.

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 reprised his role as the voice of Duke in the animated sequel "The Secret Life of Pets 2" in 2019. This spring had everyone glued to ABC as he wrapped the 11th & final season as the lovable Cameron Tucker on ABC's "Modern Family". Stonestreet was also the inaugural guest on the reboot of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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 is most known for his many memorable characters during his time on "SNL". Most recently, he can be heard, not seen, alongside Rudd in "Escape from Virtual Island" an Audible Original - Audible Comedy. We imagine we'll be seeing a lot of Sudeikis on "SNL" this year with his memorable impression of Joe Biden.

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.”