Salina Post: Rob Riggle, Keep your eye on the prize
By Leslie Eikleberry
For actor/director/producer/comedian Rob Riggle, the path to achieving dreams and goals is a simple one.
“If you keep your eye on the prize and you keep working and making all your efforts to get to a certain place you’ll get there. You don’t know how you’re gonna get there. You just decide what you want and the rest will take care of itself,” said Riggle, who was in Salina Tuesday evening to speak at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
Riggle said he had always wanted to serve in the military.
“My grandfather served and I had family members who had served. I’m also kind of a history buff. I have a deep appreciation for this country so I wanted to serve,” he said. “So I figured I’ll serve first and then try to make my way into acting and comedy.”
Riggle said he plans to stay in front of the camera “as long as they will have me. Who knows how long that is. That could be tomorrow but I love acting. I love comedy. Like I said, I’ll stay as long as they’ll have me, but I’m also producing. I’m also directing and writing. My whole life is developing. I mean I’ve got five irons in the fire right now. I’ve got two shows that I’m trying to get on the network. There’s a couple shows that are out there pilotwise that they want me to be in. There is a show I just pitched to Discovery. You’re always trying to develop.”
Riggle also spoke of his charity work, including the Big Slick event to raise funds for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Over the years, a number of other celebrities have been added to the Big Slick team, including Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Dave Koechner, Riggle said.
“So now this summer will be our 10th Big Slick and if all goes well will we’ll hopefully come close to hitting the $10 million mark in 10 years,” he said. “We’re very proud of that, but it’s about the people in Kansas City because they show up. If they don’t show up nothing happens so the fact that they show up makes all the difference.”
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