Joel McHale is an American entertainer who is into comedy, acting, writing, producing as well as television hosting. He is popular for serving as the host of the canceled E! television series, The Soup, that that aired every week from July 1, 2004, to December 18, 2015. Joel is also known for playing the role of Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community.
Joel Mchale Bio, Age
Born as Joel Edward McHale on November 20, 1971, in Rome, Italy, the actor is the son of Laurie and Jack McHale. His father worked as Dean of Students at Loyola University Rome Center at the time he was born and while Joel’s dad is from Chicago, Illinois, his mother is a native of Vancouver, Canada.
The Irish/Norwegian descendant was raised in the Catholic faith and he grew up in Mercer Island, Washington, and for a short time in Haddonfield, New Jersey, close to Philadelphia, before eventually going back to Washington state where he studied at Mercer Island High School. Continuing his education, Joel McHale moved over to the University of Washington from where she graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in History.
While studying in the university, Joel McHale was, for a short time, a member of the Theta Chi international college fraternity. He also joined the rowing team but later had a change of mind and switched to the football team, becoming a walk-on tight end player for two years. Although he did not end up playing professionally, he roots for the Seattle Seahawks
Following his interest in acting, Joel enrolled in the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington and finished with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Joel McHale was among the cast of the local sketch comedy TV show Almost Live! produced and broadcast on Channel 5 by NBC affiliate KING-TV from 1984 to 1999. He was also a part of the improvisational comedy group at Unexpected Productions, in Seattle, Washington, from 1993 to 1997 and as a member of the group, he took part in Theatersports! at the Market Theater in Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle.
After he obtained his master’s degree in acting, Joel McHale knew he was ready to begin a career in acting so he relocated to Los Angeles where he was cast in small roles in Diagnosis: Murder in 2000, Will & Grace in 2001, Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and CSI: Miami in 2005. Also in 2005, he played the role of a reporter in the biopic Lords of Dogtown and in 2007, the actor appeared as Harold Hundin in an episode of the fantasy mystery comedy-drama television series, Pushing Daisies.
Joel Mchale finally landed his breakthrough role in 2009 in the comedy television series Community, which debuted on NBC and Yahoo! Screen on September 17, 2009, and aired until June 2, 2015. He played the role of Rex in the 2012 film Ted and guest starred shortly on the FX crime tragedy television series Sons of Anarchy. In 2014, Joel appeared as an NYPD officer in the film Deliver Us from Evil and in 2016 and 2018, he appeared as Tad O’Malley in four episodes of The X-Files between the tenth and eleventh seasons.
The actor was cast in a lead role in the CBS sitcom television series The Great Indoors, appearing in 22 episodes from the time it began airing on October 27, 2016, to when it ended on May 8, 2017. In 2018, Joel landed a recurring role on the second season of the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet and in December of the same year, it was announced that he was cast as the Golden Age Starman named Sylvester Pemberton in the drama web television series, Stargirl, slated to premiere on DC Universe in early 2020.
Apart from acting in film and television, Joel Mchale also acts on stage and has been associated with Circle X Theatre for a long time.
Having been in the acting business for years, Joel McHale decided to delve into television hosting. In the year 2004, he started hosting The Soup, a spin-off of Talk Soup that focused on recaps of different popular culture and TV moments of the week. In the show, which was written and executive produced by Joel, he is seen making sarcastic and satirical commentary on the different clips.
He has served as a judge on the American cooking show Iron Chef America and was also involved in the American version of the British sitcom The IT Crowd. Joel McHale appeared as a guest on the finale of the sixth season of Last Comic Standing. He also appeared infrequently on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and featured in the first episode of Tosh.0′s fifth season.
The entertainer also has some shows on radio. He is part of Loveline regularly as a co-host, was a weekly guest on The Adam Carolla Show and Mickey and Amelia, and occasionally visited the Opie and Anthony Show.
He has hosted a number of top events like the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, the 2015 ESPY Awards, the 43rd People’s Choice Awards in 2017, and the 2017 Webby Awards. On the 8th of April 2019, it was reported by TVLine that Joel would host a comeback of the game show Card Sharks for ABC.
Joel McHale has been active in the entertainment industry since 1996 and has many films and television works to his credit. His quality performance has earned him a lot of award nominations some of which he won. The talented young man has been successful in his acting, TV hosting and event hosting careers and has an estimated net worth of $14 million.
Family, Wife, Kids
The comedian is married to Sarah Williams. They met just one year after his graduation from the University of Washington and with the help of Sarah’s friend, the duo went on a date and their relationship kicked off afterward. One year after dating, they tied the knot, precisely on July 20, 1996.
The couple is blessed with two sons named Edward Roy McHale and Isaac Hayden McHale, and together, they live in Hollywood Hills, California.
There is no doubt that Joel has the kind of body that sells in the industry where he works and to maintain his slim bodybuild, he eats healthy and never fails to exercise. The Community star stands 193 cm tall, weighs 85 kg, has a chest size of 104 cm and biceps that measure 38 cm.