Los Angeles Times: These Hollywood funny men are serious Kansas City Chiefs fans
By Sam Farmer
The door of the Kansas City Chiefs locker room swung open after a recent victory, and in stepped comic actor David Koechner. He was wearing a straw Stetson, cowboy boots made from the skin of an Amazonian fish and a sport coat as loud as Arrowhead Stadium itself — electric red and splattered with dozens of Chiefs logos.
“There were some double-takes, with guys like, ‘Oh, no, it’s Champ! Champ Kind’s down here!’” said Koechner, who grew up in tiny Tipton, Mo. “I was just thrilled. I was like, ‘Wait, they know who I am?’”
They sure do. Koechner is part of a cadre of comedians and actors who grew up in the region and are die-hard fans of the Chiefs, among them Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis. Several are expected to be in attendance Sunday when Kansas City hosts Houston in a divisional playoff game, and their combined IMDb credits list is as long as a Patrick Mahomes deep ball: “The Office,” “Modern Family,” “Friends,” “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers,” “Clueless,” “Saturday Night Live,” and on and on.
These comedians, a collision-loving Splat Pack, appreciate everything about Chiefs games, and it’s not just about what happens in the venerable stadium.
These rib-ticklers are devoted to this rib-loving city. They have raised more than $6 million for Children’s Mercy Hospital with their annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, which includes a softball game, bowling tournament and fundraising auction.
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