Jason Sudeikis, the celebrated actor known for his role in the hit series "Ted Lasso," joined forces with his co-star Hannah Waddingham for a stirring performance of "Shallow," the iconic duet originally by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
This remarkable musical moment unfolded during Sudeikis' annual Thundergong! charity event in Kansas City, Missouri. The event, which took place on Saturday, witnessed Sudeikis sharing the stage with his former Saturday Night Live colleague, Will Forte.
Before delving into the performance, Sudeikis expressed his excitement, stating, “There is nobody I would rather sing this song with,” a sentiment that set the tone for the evening. The audience was captivated as Waddingham took on the song's second verse, following a playful moment where Forte was humorously ushered off-stage.
Thundergong!, as reported by KMBC, was more than just a night of entertainment. It raised over $800,000 for Steps of Faith, a charitable foundation that assists uninsured and underinsured amputees in acquiring necessary prosthetic limbs.
The event was a star-studded affair, with appearances from Brendan Hunt, Sam Richardson, and Summer Breeze, who joined Sudeikis in his hometown for this noble cause.
Lady Gaga's Iconic 'Shallow'
"Shallow," a song penned by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando and co-produced with Benjamin Rice, gained immense popularity following its feature in the 2018 film "A Star Is Born." Its soul-stirring rendition by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at the 2019 Oscars, where it won Best Original Song, has since become a cultural landmark.
In a recent highlight, Lady Gaga performed "Shallow" with the legendary band U2 during their show at the Sphere in Las Vegas. This collaboration saw Gaga share vocals with Bono, adding another memorable chapter to the song's legacy.
This unique performance by Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham pays homage to the power of music in storytelling and highlights the impact of celebrity influence in supporting charitable causes. As Thundergong! continues to make strides in philanthropy, it stands as a testament to the positive change that can be fostered through the arts.