McHale at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Birth name||Joel Edward McHale|
November 20, 1971 |
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Genres||Political satire, observational comedy|
|Subject(s)||Celebrities, pop culture, American culture|
|Spouse||Sarah Williams (m. 1996)|
Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an Italian-born American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community. He has appeared in such films as Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) and Ted (2012). He currently stars in the CBS sitcom The Great Indoors.
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, Canada, and his father is from Chicago, Illinois. Of Irish and Norwegian descent, he was raised Catholic in Seattle, Washington, and for a brief amount of time in Haddonfield, New Jersey, located near Philadelphia. McHale lived in New Jersey for two years before settling back to his native Washington state. He attended Mercer Island High School.
He was recruited to be on the rowing team, but later joined the football team. Despite most of his fellow players receiving scholarships to be on a major college team, McHale was a walk on, playing tight end for two years. According to the football team site, he did not letter in football. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington. As a Seattle native, he is a fan of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
McHale was part of the Almost Live! cast, a local sketch-comedy television show produced by Seattle's 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.
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.
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 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 the Opie and Anthony Show. 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 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 The X-Files' 2016 miniseries.
McHale was the featured entertainer at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. He also 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 also hosted the 43rd People's Choice Awards on January 18, 2017.
|2004||Spider-Man 2||Mr. Jacks|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||TV reporter|
|2005||Game Time||Johnson||Short film|
|2006||Mini's First Time||Host|
|2008||Onion Movie, TheThe Onion Movie||Office worker||Uncredited|
|2008||Open Season 2||Elliot (voice)|
|2009||Informant!, TheThe 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||Big Year, TheThe Big Year||Barry Loomis|
|2014||Deliver Us from Evil||Butler|
|2014||Merry Friggin' Christmas, AA Merry Friggin' Christmas||Boyd Mitchler|
|2017||Futile and Stupid Gesture, AA Futile and Stupid Gesture||Chevy Chase||Filming|
|1996||Almost Live!||Various||Unknown episodes|
|1998||Bill Nye the Science Guy||Defendant||Episode: "Fluids"|
|2000||Huntress, TheThe Huntress||Quicky the Clown||Episode: "Springing Tiny"|
|2000||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Curtis||Episode: "Far from Home"|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||Richard||Episode: "By Reason of Insanity"|
|2001||Will & Grace||Ian||Episode: "Cheaters"|
|2004–2015||Soup, TheThe Soup||Himself (host)||313 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Greg Welch||Episode: "Urban Hellraisers"|
|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/Magic Carpet Ride"|
|2012||Sons of Anarchy||Warren||2 episodes|
|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||X-Files, TheThe X-Files||Tad O'Malley||2 episodes|
|2016||Dr. Ken||Ross||Episode: "Dave's Valentine"|
|2016||Difficult People||Felix||Episode: "Hashtag Cats"|
|2016–present||The Great Indoors||Jack Gordon||Lead role|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||Himself|
Awards and nominations
|2010||EWwy Award||Best Actor in a Comedy||Community||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Community||Nominated|
|2011||EWwy Award||Best Actor in a Comedy||Community||Won|
|2011||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Community||Nominated|
|2012||TV Guide Award||Favorite Ensemble||Community||Won|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Community||Nominated|
|2012||PAAFTJ Television Award||Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Community||Nominated|
|2012||PAAFTJ Television Award||Best Cast in a Comedy Series||Community||Won|
|2012||EWwy Award||Best Actor, Comedy||Community||Won|
|2012||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Community||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program||Soup, TheThe Soup||Nominated|
- McHale, Joel (October 25, 2016). Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be. Penguin Audio. ISBN 978-0735289000.
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- "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.
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- "Joel McHale will host the White House Correspondents' Dinner". Los Angeles Times. February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- Report on McHale's marriage
- The Soup. January 15, 2010. 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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