Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting [2 ] and portraying The Soup Jeff Winger on the NBC/ Yahoo! comedy series . He voiced Elliot in the computer-animated comedy film Community , Open Season 2 and has appeared in such films as [3 ] , Spider-Man 2 , Spy Kids: All the Time in the World , Ted , and What's Your Number? . Blended
Early life [ edit ]
McHale was born in
Rome, Italy, where his father, Jack McHale, worked as Dean of Students at Loyola University Rome Center. His mother, Laurie, is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and his father is from Chicago, Illinois. Of [4 ] Irish and Norwegian descent, he was raised Catholic in [5 ] Seattle, Washington, where he attended [6 ] Mercer Island High School until 1991.
McHale received a
bachelor's degree in History from the University of Washington in 1995. While at the University of Washington, McHale very briefly belonged to the Theta Chi Fraternity. [7 ]
He was recruited to be on the
rowing team, but later joined the football team, playing tight end for two years. According to the [8 ] football team site, he did not letter in football. [9 ] He received a [10 ] Master of Fine Arts degree from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington. He is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks. [11 ]
McHale was part of the
cast, a local sketch-comedy television show produced by Seattle's Almost Live! KING-TV (Channel 5). 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. [12 ]
After earning his master's degree in acting, McHale moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles in
, Diagnosis: Murder , and CSI: Miami . He played a TV reporter in the biopic Will & Grace . He guest-starred as a cast member on the Lords of Dogtown NBC improv comedy show during the pilot episode and had a guest role on an episode of Thank God You're Here . McHale also appeared in Pushing Daisies in a small role as Mr. Jacks, a bank manager. Spider-Man 2 [13 ]
In 2004 McHale began hosting
, 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 The Soup . He has also had a long association with Loveline Circle X Theatre, where he has done several plays. McHale was a weekly guest on and The Adam Carolla Show , and occasional guest on the Mickey and Amelia . Opie and Anthony Show He has been a judge on [14 ] . He was involved in the American version of the British TV show Iron Chef America . McHale made a guest appearance on the finale of The IT Crowd sixth season, when he recapped the show's events in his typical format of jokes made popular on Last Comic Standing's . He occasionally appeared on The Soup in a humor sequence closing the show. Countdown with Keith Olbermann
McHale stars in the sitcom
, Community which premiered in winter 2009, and continues to host [15 ] . The Soup McHale made an appearance on the first episode of the fifth season of [16 ] . He played Rex in Tosh.0 (2012) and had a short guest stint on the FX show Ted . He played an NYPD officer in the supernatural horror film Sons of Anarchy . Deliver Us from Evil [17 ]
McHale was the featured entertainer at the 2014
White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. He also hosted the 2011 [18 ] Independent Spirit Awards and the 2015 ESPY Awards.
Personal life [ edit ]
McHale married Sarah Williams in 1996. They have two sons.
[19 ] [20 ] They live in [21 ] Hollywood Hills, California. [22 ]
On episode 6 of
Joel and The Nerdist Podcast Chris Hardwick talked about being neighbors, including a story about Joel's son Eddie dressing up as a light switch for Halloween. [23 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Pollak, Kevin; McHale, Joel (2010-11-15). . Interview with Kevin Pollak. Kevin Pollak Chat Show
^ Smith, Grady (November 25, 2011). "Monitor: Nov. 25, 2011". (1182): 30 Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . April 4, 2015
^ "Joel McHale Fan Site". joel-mchale.com.
^ Mercer Island dons its autumn cloak, pnwlocalnews.com; accessed February 25, 2014
^ "PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT, One-on-one with Joel McHale; The Great Anjelica Huston". cnn.com. 15 March 2012.
^ Strawberry, Saroyan (June 2008). "Joel McHale". Details . Retrieved . April 7, 2013
^ Curran, Dan (October 16, 2008). "An interview with the king of snark Joel McHale". onmilwaukee.com . Retrieved . March 30, 2012
^ Steinberg, Dan (February 14, 2005). "THECHAT: Joel McHale". The Washington Post. p. D02 . Retrieved . 30 March 2012
^ "Go Huskies".
^ McHale, Joel (September 29, 2011). "The Walk-On: The Community star recalls his two-year football career at the University of Washington". Grantland. ESPN Ventures . Retrieved . March 30, 2012
^ International Improv Festival; accessed February 25, 2014
^  imdb.com Spider-Man 2
^ Joel McHale on Opie and Anthony; accessed February 25, 2014
^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (2009-04-04). "NBC unveils new programs for fall". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . 2009-05-04
^ Weprin, Alex (2009-05-04). "E! Expects Joel McHale To Stay On 'Soup '" . Retrieved . 2009-05-04
^ "Joel McHale talks 'Community,' 'Soup' and upcoming movie". masslive.com.
^ "Joel McHale will host the White House Correspondents' Dinner". Los Angeles Times. February 14, 2014 . Retrieved . 2014-02-14
^ Report on McHale's marriage
^ The Soup. 2010-01-15. E!.
^ " 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for March 12" . Retrieved . January 15, 2010
^ ". 'Flipping Out's' Ryan Brown settles down in Los Feliz" latimes.
^ ". 'Nerdist Podcast Episode 6: Joel McHale"
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