CBS announced Wednesday the eight celebrity teams that will compete in the new two-hour sports comedy special PICKLED. The pickleball tournament, produced by Stephen Colbert’s Spartina, Funny Or Die and CBS Studios, will air Thursday, November 17 (9-11 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert of THE LATE SHOW hosts this cutthroat pickleball competition.
Below, meet the acclaimed teams playing for the non-profit Comic Relief US and ultimately win the coveted totem pole of excellence: the Colbert Cup!
TEAM: DINK FLOYD
CELEBRITIES: Kelly Rowland and Murray Bartlett
SQUAD: PARTY UNTIL YOU’RE CUKE
CELEBRITY: Tig Notaro and “Mystery Player”
TEAM: THE SHOVEL SNAKES
CELEBRITIES: June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer
SQUAD: TAKE THIS BULLET AND SPINE IT
CELEBRITIES: Jaime Camil and Aisha Tyler
TEAM: THE VOLLEYBALL RANCHERS
CELEBRITY: Sugar Ray Leonard and Emma Watson
TEAM: DANIEL DAE LUIS
CELEBRITIES: Luis Guzmán and Daniel Dae Kim
CELEBRITY: Jimmie Allen and Max Greenfield
TEAM: WHEN HARRY NET RALLY
CELEBRITY: Dierks Bentley and Phil Keoghan
All-star announcers including Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins and Bill Raftery add color and commentary to the exciting games. After the national anthem is duet by songwriter Kenny Loggins and Stephen Colbert, the eight celebrity teams take to the field to battle for the honor of being named PICKLED champions.
Stephen Colbert’s Spartina, Funny Or Die and CBS are joining forces with Comic Relief to rekindle the magic of creating change through comedy with PICKLED. Calls to action during the broadcast will raise funds to support Comic Relief’s safety programs, which address the life-altering impact of homelessness, rootlessness and lack of security often experienced by children and families who they live in poverty. In addition to the funds raised from the broadcast event and at ComicRelief.org/pickled, Comic Relief will also involve pickleball leagues, lovers and communities across the United States to have fun and help children and families suffering from homelessness.
PICKLED has partnered with two brands as exclusive sponsors of the event.
Claussen Pickles, the original Cold Crunch, offered viewers a fun comedic version of the traditional midgame recap: “The Claussen Crunch Time-Halftime Show.” The host and analysts gathered in the branded space with the contestants to review the highlights of the first half and laugh at the lighter moments of the games. Of course, there were brand-supplied pickles, for everyone, including the fans in attendance.
OOFOS Active Recovery Footwear presented the “OOFOS Recovery Lounge”. After each competitive game of pickleball, players could freshen up in the branded courtside tent to begin active recovery while conducting postgame interviews. The premium lounge included a misting system, comfortable chairs and displays featuring the latest OOFOS styles.
PICKLED is produced by Funny Or Die in association with Spartina and CBS Studios. The executive producers are showrunner KP Anderson, Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Henry R. Muñoz III, and Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert and Tom Purcell of Spartina.
First published November 16, 2022 / 2:18pm
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