Pickleball, the growing sports phenomenon, has officially reached Hollywood.
Stephen Colbert‘s Spartina Productions is teaming up with Funny or Die and CBS for Pickled, a first-of-its-kind celebrity pickleball tournament. The event will benefit Comic Relief and air Thursday, Nov. 17, on CBS and Paramount+.
The two-hour comedic sports special will be hosted by the 58-year-old Late Show host and announced by Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins, and Bill Raftery.
The star-studded roster of teams in the tournament includes:
— Tig Notaro with a mystery teammate (Party ‘Til You Cuke).
The event is funded in part by Claussen Crunch, which provided complimentary pickles for all in attendance. The brand is also sponsoring The Claussen Crunch Time-Halftime Show.
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Pickled is raising money for 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,” according to a press release from CBS.
Although the sport was created in 1965, pickleball has recently experienced a comeback, as it can be played indoors or outdoors by people of all ages and athletic abilities. The game is described as something between tennis and ping pong and has seen a 40 percent increase in players since 2019, according to the New York Times.
Pickled airs Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.