Joel McHale

Joel McHale

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birthname = Joel Edward McHale
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birthplace = Rome, Italy
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yearsactive = 1995 - present
spouse = Sarah Williams (1996 - present) 2 children
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Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American television host best known as the host of "The Soup" on E! Entertainment Television. He is also a comedian and actor.


McHale was born in Rome, Italy, and is of Irish and Nordic roots. [ Joel McHale E! Bio] He grew up in the Seattle area, graduating from Mercer Island High School in suburban Seattle in 1990. He received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Washington in 1995. While at the University of Washington, McHale belonged to the Theta Chi Fraternity. Before completing the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, he became part of the "Almost Live!" cast, a local sketch-comedy TV show produced in Seattle. From 1993 until 1997 Joel 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. [ [ International Festival of Improv ] ]

McHale played football at the University of Washington where he was a tight end and was a member of the school's 1991 national championship team [ [ THECHAT ( ] ] .


After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and then landed small roles on "Oliver Beene", "", and "Will & Grace", and a TV reporter in the dramatic biopic "Lords of Dogtown". He frequently appears as a co-host on "Loveline". He has a long association with Circle X Theatre, where he has done several plays. He has also done commercials for Burger King, Dockers, and Sealy.

McHale is also a weekly guest on the "The Adam Carolla Show" and "Mickey and Amelia Show", and on the "Kidd Chris Show" on 94.1 WYSP in PhiladelphiaFact|date=April 2008, and is an occasional guest on the Opie and Anthony [ [ Headlines: Monday Opie and Anthony Links: Joel McHale, New O&A Videos, Good-bye Syracuse, Traveling Virus Tickets On Sale Now, New Videos Online ] ] 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". He guest starred as a cast member on the NBC reality show "Thank God You're Here" during the pilot episode and also had a guest part in episode 1.6 of the ABC show "Pushing Daisies". He also made an appearance in "Spider-Man 2" as the bank manager. He made a guest appearance on the finale of Last Comic Standing season 6, when he gave a recap of the show's events in his typical format of jokes made popular on The Soup. He is currently filming "The Informant" in Decatur, Illinois in which he plays an FBI Agent.

"The Soup"

McHale hosts "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. The show has become a cult hit due to his stinging criticism of the dumbing down of American entertainment as well as for his comedic talent and off-kilter subject material.

Personal life

McHale is married [ Sarah, Edward, Joel McHale] and has two sons: Edward Roy (b. 2005) and Isaac Hayden (b. 2008).


External links

* [ Official website and MySpace page]
*imdb name|id=0570364|name=Joel McHale
* [ E! Online Biography]
* [ Interview with Joel McHale]
* [ Article about Joel McHale in Almost Live]

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