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Actor David Koechner | Food Critics: Pop-ups

Actor and comedian David Koechner at the premiere of the film Anchorman 2. A tall white man, bald on the top of his head, facing the camera wearing a blue or gray windowpane suit with a light blue shirr and and a dark and light blue striped tie.
Eva Rinaldi
Actor and comedian David Koechner will be one of the cohosts for the 2021 Big Slick charity event in Kansas City

The funnyman on how he made it from Tipton, Missouri, to Hollywood, and some of the best pop-up and ghost kitchens in the metro.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Known for his roles in the "Anchorman" films and "The Office" television series, David Koechner is playing a bigger role off camera for the Children's Mercy Hospital's Big Slick charity event.

With more than 200 credits to his name, Koechner knows how fortunate he is to be a working actor. He traces his career path including stints at Second City and Saturday Night Live and explains how he knows hisBig Slick cohosts Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis.

Segment 2, beginning 26:33: Kansas City chefs opt for pop-ups and ghost kitchens when they want to try something new.

The food is very real, but it's only available for delivery or pick-up. There's no restaurant to dine in at, even if you wanted to. In addition to helping established restaurants survive the golden age of take-out, it's also a way to explore different menu ideas, without the pricey overhead of opening a separate restaurant. The Food Critics offer their favorites so you can try them too.

The "Big Slick Virtually Talented Show" streams live on Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. on the Big Slick YouTube and Facebook channels.

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