‘Pickled’ Sets Premiere Date: Will Ferrell, Luis Guzman, Daniel Dae Kim, Aisha Tyler & More to Play in Tournament

Stephen Colbert in 'Pickled'
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Celebrities have come together to battle it out to benefit the non-profit Comic Relief US, and CBS has now announced when you’ll get to watch (and laugh at) all the action of the pickleball tournament produced by Stephen Colbert’s Spartina, Funny Or Die, and CBS Studios.

The two-hour sports comedy special Pickled, hosted by Colbert, will premiere on Thursday, November 17 at 9/8c. The 16 celebrities who will be teaming up to play for the Colbert Cup are Jimmie Allen, Murray Bartlett, Dierks Bentley, Jaime Camil, Will Ferrell, Max Greenfield, Luis Guzman, Phil Keoghan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tig Notaro, June Diane Raphael, Kelly Rowland, Paul Scheer, Aisha Tyler, and Emma Watson.

“If you love pickleball and you love celebrities, and you love helping people, you’re going to love watching these celebrities help people by playing pickleball,” said Colbert in a statement.

“Funny Or Die is so proud to produce Pickled. Along with Stephen Colbert, CBS, and our celebrity players, we all came together for two great causes: to support Comic Relief US and to add more articles about Pickleball to everyone’s newsfeed,” added Mike Farah, CEO of Funny Or Die.

“Comic Relief US is thrilled to be a part of this special entertainment event to support the millions of children and families living in poverty. Thank you to the amazing Stephen Colbert, Spartina, CBS, Funny Or Die, and all of our celebrity friends who will now get to play Pickleball for a good cause!” Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief US, said.

Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins, and Bill Raftery will be the announcers providing match commentary. Kenny Loggins and Colbert will perform the national anthem as a duet. Pickled will feature calls to action to raise funds to support Comic Relief’s safety programs, which address the life-altering impact of homelessness, rootlessness, and lack of safety often experienced by children and families living in poverty.

Pickled is executive produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, and Henry R. Muñoz III and Spartina’s Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Tom Purcell.

Pickled, Premiere, Thursday, November 17, 9/8c, CBS