- Joel McHale
caption = Joel McHale, 2007
birthname = Joel Edward McHale
birthdate = birth date and age|1971|11|20
yearsactive = 1995 - present
spouse = Sarah Williams (1996 - present) 2 children
McHale was born in
Rome, Italy, and is of Irish and Nordicroots. [http://www.eonline.com/on/personalities/bio/joel.jsp Joel McHale E! Bio] He grew up in the Seattlearea, graduating from Mercer Island High Schoolin suburban Seattle in 1990. He received his Bachelor's degreein History from the University of Washingtonin 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 Marketin downtown Seattle. [ [http://www.unexpectedproductions.org/about.htm 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 [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22047-2005Feb13.html?sub%3Dnew?=AR THECHAT (washingtonpost.com) ] ] .
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 AmeliaShow", and on the " Kidd ChrisShow" on 94.1 WYSP in PhiladelphiaFact|date=April 2008, and is an occasional guest on the Opie and Anthony[ [http://www.foundrymusic.com/opieanthony/displayheadline.cfm/id/12764/div/opieanthony/headline/Monday_Opie_and_Anthony_Links__Joel_McHale__New_O_A_Videos__Good_bye_Syracuse__Traveling_Virus_Tickets_On_Sale_Now__New_Videos_Online.html Foundrymusic.com 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 NBCreality 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 Standingseason 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.
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.
McHale is married [http://www.psarts.org/Press2007/ExpressYourselfEOnline.html Sarah, Edward, Joel McHale] and has two sons: Edward Roy (b. 2005) and Isaac Hayden (b. 2008).
* [http://www.myspace.com/joelmchale Official website and MySpace page]
*imdb name|id=0570364|name=Joel McHale
* [http://www.eonline.com/on/personalities/bio/joel.jsp E! Online Biography]
* [http://laist.com/2007/12/17/laist_interview_81.php LAist.com Interview with Joel McHale]
* [http://archives.thedaily.washington.edu/1998/012798/almost.html Article about Joel McHale in
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