Joel McHale

Actor, Comedian, TV host
Joel McHale became one in a long line of wry, rapier-edged comedians to make a name for mercilessly eviscerating pop culture on E! Entertainment Television's signature comedy show before riding that job to fame well ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1971 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (62)

The Great Indoors 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Ken 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Join or Die With Craig Ferguson 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The X-Files 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adult Beginners 2015 (Movie)

Hudson (Actor)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Community 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2010, 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2015 ESPYS 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Comment Section 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Soup 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2009, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Soup Investigates 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2009, 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

A Merry Friggin' Christmas 2014 (Movie)

Boyd Mitchler (Actor)

Billy on the Street 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Blended 2014 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Deliver Us From Evil 2014 (Movie)

Butler (Actor)

Harmontown 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Real Time with Bill Maher 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The American Giving Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Getaway 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Tosh.0 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sons of Anarchy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ted 2012 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

Wilbur Wilson (Actor)

Teen Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Barry Loomis (Actor)

The Marriage Ref 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

Roger the Boss (Actor)

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Robot Chicken 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon (Actor)

The NBC Primetime Preview Show 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Open Season 2 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Elliot (Actor)

The Soup Presents 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Thank God You're Here 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Mini's First Time 2006 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

TV Reporter (Actor)

Retrosexual: The '80s 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Mr. Jacks (Actor)

Super Secret TV Formula 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The What The...? Awards 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Host

The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Almost Live! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The What The...? Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

The What The...? Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Joel McHale became one in a long line of wry, rapier-edged comedians to make a name for mercilessly eviscerating pop culture on E! Entertainment Television's signature comedy show before riding that job to fame well beyond the cable channel. Though having only minor acting credits under his belt, McHale's host duties for "The Soup" (E!, 2004-2015) earned him such buzz that in 2009, he was tapped to star in the much-anticipated NBC sitcom, "Community" leading to <i>TV Guide</i> to chose him as one of its "Fresh Faces of Fall 2009." A member of the University of Washington Huskies national championship football team, he made a name for himself as anything but a dumb jock, translating his snarky, iconoclastic dissection of "the festering petri dish of celeb culture" into stand-up comedy, as well as on-call pundit status on news shows such as "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (MSNBC, 2003-2011). Along with the ratings success of "Community" came feature film offers, including a turn alongside Matt Damon in director Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" (2009). Demonstrating that rare capacity for both sarcasm and nice-guy affability, McHale - like Steve Carell before him - leveraged a small but zealous cable following into a more multifaceted acting career.

Relationships

Edward McHale

Son
Born in 2005 Mother, Sarah Williams

Isaac McHale

Son
Born in 2008 Mother, Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Wife
Married in 1996

EDUCATION

Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island, Washington 1991

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington 1995
Played tight end for Washington's National Championship football team

Milestones

2016

Co-starred in the reboot of "The X-Files" opposite stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

2014

Had a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Blended"

2014

Starred opposite Robin Williams and Lauren Graham in dark comedy "A Merry Friggin' Christmas"

2012

Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the comedy "Ted," directed by Seth MacFarlane

2011

Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"

2011

Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

2011

Co-starred with Jessica Alba in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World"

2009

Played an FBI Agent opposite Matt Damon in "The Informant"

2009

Cast in NBC's "Community" as a fast-talking lawyer who is forced to go back to community college

2005

Played a TV reporter in the Catherine Hardwicke biopic "Lords of Dogtown"

2004

Appeared in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2" as the bank manager

2004

Hosted the weekly comedy variety series "The Soup" on E!; started producing the show in 2006

1995

Joined cast of Seattle's sketch comedy show, "Almost Live!" (aired on Seattle's KING-TV)

1993

Was a member of the Seattle improv troupe Unexpected Productions

Landed small roles on "Will & Grace" (NBC) and "CSI: Miami" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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McHale was born in Rome because his father, Jack, was the Dean of Students at the city's campus of Loyola University.

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McHale played tight end on the University of Washington's football team for two seasons as an undergraduate.

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McHale's first attempt at a network TV series was an American adaptation of British hit sitcom "The IT Crowd," starring opposite Jessica St. Clair and original star Richard Ayoade. The show did not make it past the pilot stage.

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