Joel McHale

Mostly Credited As: Joel McHale
Sometimes Credited As: Joel E. McHale

Birth Name: Joel Edward McHale
Date Of Birth: November 20, 1971 (Age 44)
Country Of Birth: Italy
Birth Place: Rome, Lazio
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Joel McHale

Hailing from the rainy city, Seattle, Joel's background is made up of Irish and Swedish descent. While he was born in Rome, Joel spent his early childhood in New Jersey, until moving to Seattle. He graduated from Mercer Island High School, located just outside of Seattle. He became a cast member on the short-lived sketch comedy show Almost Live in 1984. Joel attended the University of Washington as an undergrad during 1991-1995. While there he completed the Professional Actors Training Program, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history. He also played for the Husky football team as a walk-on tight end. They won the 1991 Rose Bowl game, earning Joel a ring.

He later moved to Los Angeles, landing roles on Oliver Beene, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Will & Grace. He's also appeared in several motion pictures, Spider-Man 2 (2006) and Lords of Dogtown (2005), and frequently guest stars on various reality and talk shows. Currently Joel resides in Glendale, California with his wife Sarah and their two sons, Eddie and Isaac. He's keeping busy writing, hosting, and producing The Soup, E!'s surreal and hysterical weekly wrap-up of all things celebrity and TV related.

Currently, Joel is appearing on the NBC series Community, his first lead television role.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Great Indoors (2016)As: Joel
The Soup Investigates (2013)As: Himself (Host)
Community (2009)As: Jeff Winger
The Soup (2004)As: Himself (Host)
E!'s 101 (2003)As: Host (episode 46+)
Almost Live! (1984)As: Himself (Various)
Episode Cast Credits 

The X-Files (1993) 
  My Struggle 10x01: (Jan/24/2016) As Tad O’Malley 

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Joel McHale, Sara Bareilles, Sara Bareilles 02x128: (Oct/07/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015) 
  Cuban Test for Ted Cruz & Filming the Police 01x58: (May/13/2015) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015) 
  Courteney Cox, Joel McHale, Natalie La & Oscar Isaac 01x17: (Apr/22/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Mila Kunis & Tom Hanks 01x01: (Mar/23/2015) As Himself 

The Rich Eisen Show (2014) 
  November 7, 2014 01x25: (Nov/07/2014) As Himself 

The Talk (2010) 
  Joel McHale, Jenny Hutt, Tre Wilcox, guest co-host Deborra-Lee Furness 05x44: (Nov/06/2014) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Joel McHale, Laila Lalami 11x41: (Nov/03/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joel McHale, Alton Brown 08x169: (Nov/01/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Dame Edna 05x98: (Jun/09/2009) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Joel McHale, Matt Nathanson 04x202: (Dec/22/2008) As Himself 

Chelsea Lately (2007) 
  Chelsea Handler interviewed by Joel McHale, Chris Franjola, Sarah Colonna, Loni Love 08x128: (Aug/20/2014) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  Joel McHale, Greg Fitzsimmons, Morgan Murphy, Josh Wolf 08x82: (May/26/2014) As Himself 

Conan (2010) 
  Joel McHale, Freddie Wong & Matt Arnold, Daniel Sloss 04x106: (Jun/26/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  My Big Fat Greek Landlord 03x120: (Aug/01/2013) As Himself (Walk On) 
  "Boo!", Said Boo Radley When Asked What His Name Was 03x05: (Nov/13/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Table for Two, Said the Fatman 02x89: (May/09/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Watch What Happens: Live (2009) 
  Joel McHale & Stanley Tucci 11x105: (Jun/25/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Susan Sarandon, Joel McHale, Nico & Vinz, guest co-host Beth Behrs 32x212: (Jun/24/2014) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 116 63x116: (Jun/23/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Joel McHale, Vera Farmiga, Aloe Blacc 21x123: (Apr/28/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joel McHale, Andrew Norelli, 19x172: (Jul/26/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Sacha Baron Cohen, Joel McHale 16x171: (Jul/07/2009) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Joel McHale, Ansel Elgort, Benmont Tench 12x95: (Feb/25/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Anne Heche, Joel McHale, Coheed & Cambria 06x38: (Mar/05/2008) As Himself 

The Getaway (2013) 
  Joel McHale in Belfast 01x01: (Sep/25/2013) As Himself 

Real Time With Bill Maher (2003) 
  Robert Zimmerman; Donna Brazile, Jon Meacham and Jamie Weinstein; Joel McHale 11x05: (Feb/15/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The View (1997) 
  Season 16, Episode 100 16x100: (Feb/07/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joel McHale, guest co-host Kelly Rowland 09x137: (Jul/19/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Tosh.0 (2009) 
  Gingers Have Souls 05x01: (Feb/05/2013) As Himself 

Sons of Anarchy (2008) 
  Toad's Wild Ride 05x07: (Oct/23/2012) As Warren 
  Small World 05x06: (Oct/16/2012) As Warren 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Joel McHale, Jarod Miller, Bobby Brown 20x86: (May/16/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joel McHale, Viola Davis, Ximena Sarinana 19x137: (Aug/10/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Christina Appelgate, John Fulton, Michael Franti 19x41: (Feb/28/2011) As Himself (“At Elton John's Oscar Party” Segment) 
  Joel McHale, Arianna Huffington, Dov Davidoff 18x122: (Sep/17/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Adam Sandler, Joel McHale, Joss Stone 01x143: (Jan/20/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Dave Salmoni, Joel McHale, India.Arie 01x73: (Sep/24/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gwyneth Paltrow, Joel McHale, John Mayer Trio 01x04: (Jun/04/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008) (2008) 
  Paul Teutul, Sr. and Joel McHale 02x24: (Oct/08/2009) As Himself 

Robot Chicken (2005) 
  Please Do Not Notify Our Contractors 04x18: (Sep/13/2009) Voiced  Various Characters 
  Slaughterhouse on the Prairie 03x13: (Nov/11/2007) Voiced  Various Characters 

Web Soup (2009) 
  Season 1, Episode 1 01x01: (Jun/02/2009) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Hugh Laurie, Joel McHale, The Gaslight Anthem 16x49: (Dec/09/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Heidi Klum, Joel McHale, Daryl Hall & KT Tunstall 15x135: (Jul/15/2008) As Himself 

Last Comic Standing (2003) 
  Episode 612 - Finale winner declared 06x12: (Aug/07/2008) As Himself 

Battlestar Galactica (2003) 
  Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon (Mar/28/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Pushing Daisies (2007) 
  Bitches 01x06: (Nov/14/2007) As Harold Hundin 

Thank God You're Here (US) (2007) 
  Jennifer Coolidge, Bryan Cranston, Wayne Knight, Joel McHale 01x01: (Apr/09/2007) As Himself 

CSI: Miami (2002) 
  Urban Hellraisers 04x09: (Nov/21/2005) As Mr. Welch 

Will & Grace (1998) 
  Cheaters (1) 03x16: (Feb/22/2001) As Ian 

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  By Reason of Insanity 08x04: (Nov/02/2000) As Richard 

The Fugitive (2000) (2000) 
  Far From Home 01x04: (Oct/27/2000) As Curtis 

The Huntress (2000) 
  Springing Tiny 01x03: (Aug/09/2000) As Quickie 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Soup (2004)• Co-Executive Producer
The Comment Section (2015)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Joel was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.

Has made several appearances in Burger King commercials as the office jerk.

Joel McHale Quotes
My goal and my career is definitely not to be famous. That's a really horrible goal, just to be famous for the sake of having fame.

I won't do porn. Well, I won't do triple-X porn.

I've always made fun of television shows and how ridiculous some celebrity behavior is, but I never thought my job would be commenting on it. There's a side of me that's happy I get to say these things out loud. But other times I feel like a whore.