Joel McHale

Joel McHale Biography

Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, television personality, and voice artist. He is best known for hosting The Soup and for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community.

McHale's role as a voice actor includes Elliot in Open Season 2, filling in for Ashton Kutcher. He also appeared in Spider-Man 2 in a brief appearance as bank manager Mr. Jacks, CSI: Miami as Greg Welsh, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World as Wilbur Wilson.

Early life

McHale, the middle of three brothers, was born on November 20, 1971, in Rome, Italy, where his father worked as Dean of Students at Loyola University Rome Center. His mother, Laurie, is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and his father, Jack, is from Chicago. He has Irish and Norwegian ancestry. McHale was raised Catholic in the Seattle area, graduating from Mercer Island High School in 1991. He also participated at Youth Theatre Northwest.

He received a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Washington in 1995. While at the University of Washington, McHale briefly belonged to the Theta Chi Fraternity. He was recruited to be on the rowing team, but later walked onto the football team, playing tight end for two years. McHale received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington.



McHale was part of the Almost Live! cast, a local sketch-comedy TV show produced by Seattle's KING-TV (Channel 5). From 1993 until 1997, McHale 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 Oliver Beene, 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 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 played FBI Agent Robert Herndon in The Informant! (2009), alongside Matt Damon.

He currently stars in Community, which premiered in winter 2009. He also continues to host The Soup. McHale made an appearance on the first episode of the fifth season of Tosh.0. 2012 saw him play a notable supporting role as Rex in Ted and a short guest stint on FX show Sons of Anarchy. McHale also signed up for a role, moving him outside his comfort zone, comedy, into a supernatural thriller, Beware the Night which sees him playing a NYC Police Officer.

Personal life

McHale married Sarah Williams in 1996. They have two sons: Edward Roy, "Eddie" (born 2005) and Isaac Hayden (born 2008). McHale and Williams live in the Hollywood Hills.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Spider-Man 2 Mr. Jacks
2004 Wait Short film
2005 Lords of Dogtown TV reporter
2005 Game Time Johnson Short film
2006 Mini's First Time Host
2008 ' Office worker Uncredited
2008 Open Season 2 Elliot (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 ' FBI agent Robert Herndon
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Wilbur Wilson
2011 What's Your Number? Roger
2011 ' Barry Loomis
2012 Ted Rex
2013 ' Boyd Mitchler Post-production
2014 ' Filming
2015 Beware the Night Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Almost Live! Various 2 episodes
1998 Bill Nye the Science Guy Defendant Episode: "Fluids"
2000 ' Quicky the Clown Episode: "Springing Tiny"
2000 ' Curtis Episode: "Far from Home"
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Richard Episode: "By Reason of Insanity"
2001 Will & Grace Ian Episode: "Cheaters"
2004"present ' Himself Host
2005 CSI: Miami Greg Welch Episode: "Urban Hellraisers"
2007 ' (US) Roy Unsold NBC pilot
2007 Pushing Daisies Harold Hundin Episode: "Bitches"
2007, 2009 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
2008 Giants of Radio Doug Deerfield Unsold NBC pilot
2009"present Community Jeff Winger Main cast
2011 Phineas and Ferb Norm head prototype (voice) Episode: "Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride"
2012 Sons of Anarchy Warren 2 episodes
2013 Conan Conan Episode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Water and Power Various
2011 CollegeHumor Jeff Winger Episode: "Save Greendale"
2012 12 Angry Bros Lawyer Fake trailer

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 EWwy Award Best Actor in a Comedy Community
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Community
2011 EWwy Award Best Actor in a Comedy Community
2011 Satellite Award Best Actor " Television Series Musical or Comedy Community
2012 TV Guide Award Favorite Ensemble Community
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Community
2012 PAAFTJ Television Award Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Community
2012 PAAFTJ Television Award Best Cast in a Comedy Series Community
2012 EWwy Award Best Actor, Comedy Community
2012 Satellite Award Best Actor " Television Series Musical or Comedy Community

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