Template:Infobox comedian 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.[1] 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 lifeEdit

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.[2] He has Irish and Norwegian ancestry.[3] He grew up 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.[4] He was recruited to be on the rowing team, but later walked onto the football team, playing tight end for two years.[5][6] 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.[7]


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.[8] 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.

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He currently stars in Community,[9] which premiered in winter 2009. He also continues to host The Soup.[10] McHale made an appearance on the first episode of the fifth season of Tosh.0.

Voice actingEdit

McHale provided the voice of Elliot in Open Season 2 after Ashton Kutcher declined to reprise his role. He also voiced an alternate head for Norm the robot in an episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Personal lifeEdit

McHale married Sarah Williams in 1996.[11] They have two sons: Edward Roy, "Eddie" (born 2005)[12] and Isaac Hayden (born 2008).[13] McHale and Williams live in the Hollywood Hills.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Wait Short film
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 The Onion Movie Office Worker Uncredited
2008 Open Season 2 Elliot Direct-to-video
Voice only
Replacing Ashton Kutcher
2009 The Informant! FBI Agent Robert Herndon
2011 What's Your Number? Roger
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Wilbur Wilson
2011 The Big Year Barry Loomis
2012 Ted Rex
Year Title Role Notes
1993–1997 Almost Live! Various
1998 Bill Nye the Science Guy Defendant Episode - "Fluids"
2001 Will & Grace Ian Episode - "Cheaters"
2004–present The Soup Himself – Host
2005 The Huntress Quicky the Clown Episode - "Springing Tiny"
2006 The Fugitive Curtis Episode - "Far from Home"
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Richard Episode - "By Reason of Insanity"
2007 The IT Crowd Roy Failed Pilot
2007 Pushing Daisies Harold Hundin Episode - "Bitches"
2008 Robot Chicken Various Voice only
2008 CSI: Miami Greg Welch Episode - "Urban Hellraisers"
2009–present Community Jeff Winger Main Role;
Nominated - Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2011)[15]
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor In A Comedy Series (2011)(2012)
2010 Giants of Radio Doug Deerfield TV Movie
2011 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices
2012 Sons of Anarchy Warren


  1. Joel McHale is the Voice of Elliot in Open Season 2
  2. Mercer Island dons its autumn cloak - Mercer Island Reporter
  4. Curran, Dan (16 October 2008). "An interview with the king of snark Joel McHale". Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. Steinberg, Dan (14 February 2005). "THECHAT: Joel McHale". The Washington Post: p. D02. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  6. McHale, Joel (29 September 2011). "The Walk-On: The Community star recalls his two-year football career at the University of Washington". Grantland. ESPN Ventures. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  7. International Improv Festival
  8. Joel McHale on Opie and Anthony
  9. Fernandez, Maria Elena (2009-04-04). "NBC unveils new programs for fall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  10. Weprin, Alex (2009-05-04). "E! Expects Joel McHale To Stay On 'Soup'". Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  11. Report on McHale's marriage
  12. "". The Soup. E!. 2010-01-15.
  13. "'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for March 12". Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  14. L.A. Times report on McHale's home in the Hollywood Hills
  15. [ Joel McHale- Awards: IMDB]

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