Rob Riggle Stars as Coach Colonel Sanders in New KFC Commercials

Posted on September 28, 2016

Comedian Rob Riggle plays Coach Colonel in new KFC commercial. Riggle coaches the Kentucky Buckets in the ads. Past Colonel Sanders actors have included George Hamilton, Jim Gaffigan, Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald.

Riggle is a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, He is the first actual colonel to take on the role of KFC's famous founder, Colonel Sanders. Coach Colonel has a mascot named Mr. Bucketeer.

Riggle says in a statement, "As owner, general manager, head coach, defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, marketing director, groundskeeper and scouting director of America's newest professional football team, the Kentucky Buckets, I've got one goal in mind. To get buckets of delicious chicken across the goal line and in front of millions of fans on football Sundays. And Thursdays. And Mondays."

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Riggle went on The Today Show to talk about his role as the Colonel as well as his new film Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. He plays an egotistical boyfriend in the comedy.

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