Joel McHale is an American entertainer who is popular for serving as the host of the E! television series, The Soup, from July 2004 to December 2015. The show, which recorded massive views from across the world, was very successful and earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2014.
Prior to being known as a television host, the TV personality started out as an actor. The most notable role of the holder of a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Acting is that of Jeff Winger in the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom, Community.
Joel McHale Took On Several Small Roles While Finding His Feet as an Actor
In his school days, Joel McHale was a part of a local sketch comedy TV show titled Almost Live! which was 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. As a member of the group, he took part in Theatersports! at the Market Theater in Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle.
After completing the requirements to be awarded a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, McHale moved to Los Angeles, California in order to launch his acting career. He subsequently landed small roles in Diagnosis: Murder in 2000, Will & Grace in 2001, Spider-Man 2 in 2004, and CSI: Miami in 2005. He also played the small role of a reporter in the Lords of Dogtown in 2005. A couple of years later in 2007, he appeared as Harold Hundin in an episode of the fantasy mystery comedy-drama television series, Pushing Daisies.
He Achieved Mainstream Fame With His Role in the Community TV Series
Joel McHale finally landed a breakthrough in his acting career in 2009 when he landed a role in the comedy television series, Community. The show debuted on September 17, 2009, and aired until June 2, 2015. For his role in the film, he earned several award nominations, winning two EWwy awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Another notable role he landed was as Rex in the 2012 film, Ted. He then guest-starred 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. 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 also cast in a lead role in the CBS sitcom, 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, he landed a recurring role in 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, which premiered in May 2020.
Joel McHale Served as the Host of The Soup For More Than a Decade
In the early to mid-2000s, a time during which McHale was still trying to find his feet as an actor, he decided to delve into television hosting. In 2004, he started hosting The Soup, a spin-off of Talk Soup which focused on recaps of different popular culture and TV moments of the week.
On the show, which was written and executive produced by Joel, he is seen making sarcastic and satirical commentary on the different weekly clips. In the first year of launching The Soup, the show did not get so much publicity but within 2 years, it was among the highest-rated shows being aired on E!.
From then onwards, The Soup’s popularity spread and it began to attract a lot of views which reached an average of 682,000 viewers in July 2013. More so, for his appearance on the show, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2014.
The Kardashians Were Linked To The Initial Threat of Termination of The Soup in 2015
The hilarious show that made waves by making fun of celebrities encountered a challenge when its host wanted to drag the Kardashians into his jokes. The management of E! was not pleased with the concept of ridiculing the Kardashians who also had the very successful Keeping Up With The Kardashians show on the network and this caused a rift between network executives and Joel McHale.
According to the comedian, the beauty of the show was in the jokes it dishes out to its audiences even if it means targeting the Kardashians. Eventually, The Soup was canceled in 2018 with its last episode aired on December 18th, 2018.
McHale Moved on To More Hosting Jobs After Leaving The Soup
The year after he left The Soup, Joel McHale was seen co-hosting the ABC show, Live with Kelly. He also hosted the 43rd People’s Choice Awards in 2017 and that year’s Webby Awards.
In early 2018, the actor and comedian thrilled his fans with news of his own show titled The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix. The show kicked off in February 2018 but it was short-lived as it showcased only 18 episodes before its cancellation in August 2018.
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. He has been serving as a host on the show to date. Joel has further been seen in a handful of other movies and TV series in recent times, including the likes of Black-ish, Becky, The Twilight Zone, and Dummy among others. He also co-hosts the podcast, The Darkest Timeline, alongside Ken Jeong his co-star from the Community. The pair were inspired to start the podcast by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Success of His Shows Have Translated to Him Being Heavily Rewarded Financially
Joel McHale has been active in the entertainment industry since 1996 and has many films and television works to his credit. His high-quality performances, most notably on The Soup, have earned him a lot of award nominations some of which he won. The talented young man has also done some notable commercials for brands like Pepsi.
All of his endeavors have resulted in him being estimated to have a net worth of $14 million. This sumptuous net worth is credited for McHale’s luxurious lifestyle and one of the items the comedian has a penchant for is cars.
Joel McHale Has Been Happily Married For Over 2 Decades Now
Unlike many others in Hollywood, Joel McHale enjoys a successful marriage. He has been married to Sarah Williams who he met one year after he graduated from the University of Washington.
According to reports, his relationship with Sarah commenced with the help of Sarah’s friend who hooked them up to go on a date sometime in 1995. After that first date, the duo went on to build a strong relationship that resulted in them walking down the aisle on July 20, 1996.
Unlike her husband, Sarah is not involved in the world of showbiz. It is, however, not also clear what she does for a living. All we know is that she spends most of her time raising her and McHale’s two sons; Edward Roy and Isaac in their home in Hollywood Hills, California.