McHale in July 2014
|Born||November 20, 1971|
|Education||University of Washington|
Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an Italian-born American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. He is best known for hosting The Soup (2004–2015) and his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC sitcom Community (2009–2015). He has appeared in the films Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) and Ted (2012). He also starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Great Indoors (2016–2017) and currently hosts a reboot of Card Sharks (2019–present). In 2020, he hosted an after-show special of the Netflix documentary series Tiger King.
McHale was born in Rome on November 20, 1971, the son of Jack McHale, who worked as the Dean of Students at Loyola University's Rome Center, and his wife Laurie. His father is American and hails from Chicago, while his mother is Canadian and a native of Vancouver. McHale is of Irish and Norwegian descent, and was raised Catholic. He grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, and briefly lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey, before returning to Mercer Island. He attended Mercer Island High School. He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Washington in 1995, and was briefly in the Theta Chi fraternity.
McHale was recruited to be on the University of Washington's rowing team, but later joined its Washington Huskies football team. Though most of his teammates received athletic scholarships, he was a walk-on who played tight end for two years on the scout team without appearing in an actual game. He was part of the Almost Live! cast, a local sketch comedy television show produced by Seattle's KING-TV. From 1993 to 1997, he was a member of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions, participating in Theatersports! at the Market Theater located in Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. He received an MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington.
After earning his master's degree in acting, McHale moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles in Diagnosis: Murder, CSI: Miami, and Will & Grace. He played a TV reporter in the biopic Lords of Dogtown. He guest-starred as a cast member on the NBC improv comedy show Thank God You're Here during the pilot episode and had a guest role on an episode of Pushing Daisies. McHale also appeared in Spider-Man 2 in a small role as Mr. Jacks, a bank manager.
He has also had a long association with Circle X Theatre, where he has done several plays. McHale was a weekly guest on The Adam Carolla Show and Mickey and Amelia, and occasional guest on Opie and Anthony. He occasionally appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann in a humor sequence closing the show.
McHale starred in the sitcom Community, which premiered in winter 2009, and continued to host The Soup. McHale made an appearance on the first episode of the fifth season of Tosh.0. He played Rex in Ted (2012) and had a short guest stint on the FX show Sons of Anarchy. He played an NYPD officer in the supernatural horror film Deliver Us from Evil. McHale appeared in 3 episodes between the tenth and eleventh seasons of The X-Files in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
In 2004, McHale began hosting The Soup, a satirical weekly television show on the E! television network. Throughout the show, he takes the audience through the oddities and ridiculous happenings of the week in television. He frequently appears as a co-host on Loveline. He has been a judge on Iron Chef America. He was involved in the American version of the British TV show The IT Crowd. McHale made a guest appearance on the finale of Last Comic Standing's sixth season, when he recapped the show's events in his typical format of jokes made popular on The Soup. He also was a judge on season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
McHale was the host at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. He hosted the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards and the 2015 ESPY Awards. In 2016, he appeared as an occasional co-host alongside Kelly Ripa in the ABC morning show Live with Kelly. McHale hosted the 43rd People's Choice Awards on January 18, 2017 and the 2017 Webby Awards on May 15, 2017.
In January 2018, it was announced that he would be receiving his own talk show on Netflix in February. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale combined celebrity guests, pre-taped sketches and video clips in a half-hour series that focused on pop culture and news from around the world. On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had canceled the show after 19 episodes, reportedly due to low viewership.
McHale is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks football team and the Los Angeles Gladiators esports team. He attends a Presbyterian church and has been supportive of the LGBT community; while performing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, he wore a handmade gay-rights shirt, talked about the "fucking crazy" bathroom law passed weeks prior, said he was donating all proceeds to the LGBTQ Center of Durham, and would not perform in the state again until the law was overturned.
|2004||Spider-Man 2||Mr. Jacks|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Reporter|
|2005||Game Time||Johnson||Short film|
|2006||Mini's First Time||Host|
|2008||The Onion Movie||Office Worker||Uncredited|
|2008||Open Season 2||Elliot (voice)|
|2009||The Informant!||FBI Agent Robert Herndon|
|2011||Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Wilbur Wilson|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Roger|
|2011||Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope||Himself||Documentary|
|2011||The Big Year||Barry Loomis|
|2014||Deliver Us from Evil||Butler|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||Boyd Mitchler|
|2018||Assassination Nation||Nick Mathers|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Chevy Chase|
|2018||Game Over, Man!||Himself||Cameo|
|2018||The Happytime Murders||Agent Campbell|
|2020||Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge||Johnny Cage (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1996||Almost Live!||Various||Unknown episodes|
|1998||Bill Nye the Science Guy||Defendant||Episode: "Fluids"|
|2000||The Huntress||Quicky the Clown||Episode: "Springing Tiny"|
|2000||The Fugitive||Curtis||Episode: "Far from Home"|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||Richard||Episode: "By Reason of Insanity"|
|2001; 2020||Will & Grace||Ian||Episode: "Cheaters"|
|Phil||Episodes: "Filthy Phil, Part I" and "Filthy Phil, Part II"|
|2004–2015||The Soup||Himself (host)||618 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Greg Welch||Episode: "Urban Hellraisers"|
|2007||The IT Crowd||Roy||US pilot|
|2007||Thank God You're Here||Himself||1 episode|
|2007||Pushing Daisies||Harold Hundin||Episode: "Bitches"|
|2007; 2009||Robot Chicken||Various Voices||2 episodes|
|2009–2015||Community||Jeff Winger||110 episodes|
|2011||26th Independent Spirit Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb||Norm Head Prototype (voice)||Episode: "Candace Disconnected"|
|2012||Sons of Anarchy||Warren||Episodes: "Small World" and "Toad's Wild Ride"|
|2013||Conan||Conan O'Brien||Episode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"|
|2013–2015||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||First Ninja (voice)||5 episodes|
|2013||2013 VGX Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2014||Video Game High School||The President of the United States||Episode: "OMGWTFPS!?"|
|2014||White House Correspondents' Dinner||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2015||Regular Show||DVD (voice)||Episode: "Format Wars II"|
|2015||2015 ESPY Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Joel McHale Wears a Navy Zip-up and High Tops"|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Alex (voice)||Episode: "Yesterdayland"|
|2016–2018||The X-Files||Tad O'Malley||4 episodes|
|2016||Dr. Ken||Ross||Episode: "Dave's Valentine"|
|2016||Difficult People||Felix||Episode: "Hashtag Cats"|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Jim Rash vs. Joel McHale"|
|2016–2017||The Great Indoors||Jack Gordon||22 episodes|
|2017||Dimension 404||Dr. Matthew Maker||Episode: "Matchmaker"|
|2017||Mystery Science Theater 3000||Doug McClure||Episode: "At the Earth's Core"|
|2017||Rick and Morty||Death Stalker Hemorrhage (voice)||Episode: "Rickmancing the Stone"|
|2017–2018||Milo Murphy's Law||Victor Verliezer (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017–2019||Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television||Himself||2 episodes|
|2018||The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale||Himself (host)||19 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2018–2019||Santa Clarita Diet||Chris||4 episodes|
|2018||Drunk History||George Corwin, Robert Ellis Cahill||Episode: "Halloween"|
|2019||Joel McHale: Live from Pyongyang||Himself||Comedy special|
|2019||The Masked Singer||Himself||5 episodes|
|2019||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself (guest judge)||Episode: "Trump: The Rusical"|
|2019||The Rookie||Brad Hayes||Episode: "The Shake Up"|
|2019–present||Card Sharks||Host and executive producer||5 episodes|
|2019||Mr. Iglesias||Danny||Episode: "Oh Boy, Danny"|
|2019||What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: "Preetempted"|
|2020||Medical Police||Himself||Episode: "Deuce to Nines, Double Draw"|
|2020||Black-ish||Himself||Episode: "You Don't Know Jack"|
|2020||Dummy||Jason Levy||Episode: "Ideal Woman"|
|2020–Present||Stargirl||Sylvester Pemberton / Starman||2 episodes|
|2020||Tiger King||Himself (host)||Episode: "The Tiger King and I"|
|2020||The Twilight Zone||Orson Rudd||Episode: "8"|
|2020||Psych 2: Lassie Come Home||Lassiter's Father||Television film|
|2020||Game On!||Himself (contestant)||Episode: "Celebrity Guests: Becky Lynch and Joel McHale"|
|2020||Match Game||Himself (contestant)||2 episodes|
|2020||The Cabin with Bert Kreisher||Himself||Episode: "Joel McHale, Ms.Pat, Kaley Cuoco"|
|2020||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||Himself (contestant)||2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||EWwy Award||Best Actor in a Comedy||Community||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|EWwy Award||Best Actor in a Comedy||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2012||TV Guide Award||Favorite Ensemble||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|PAAFTJ Television Award||Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Best Cast in a Comedy Series||Won|
|EWwy Award||Best Actor, Comedy||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program||The Soup||Nominated|
|2019||Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Supporting Actor||The Happytime Murders||Nominated|
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