A television personality most familiar to viewers for his stint as the host of the E! network's satirical pop-culture commentary The Soup (updated and reworked from the channel's original Talk Soup), Joel McHale grew up in the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington as a theater major, where he earned his master's in drama. After relocating to Los Angeles, McHale signed for guest roles and bit parts on series including Will & Grace and Oliver Beene, then landed a small role as Mr. Jacks in the Sam Raimi feature Spider-Man 2, followed by parts in Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown and the sketch comedy outing The Onion Movie. On the side, McHale also emceed a series of Burger King commercials. He culled his broadest fan base on The Soup, however, distinguishing himself with sharp sarcasm and a quick wit. He had a breakthrough when he was cast as the lead in the cult hit sitcom Community on NBC, and he continued to act in projects such as The Informant!, Spy Kids: All the Time In the World, and 2012's Ted.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Born in Rome, Italy, while his father was a dean at Loyola University Chicago's Rome campus.
- Was a walk-on tight end for the University of Washington Huskies for their 1991 Rose Bowl game.
- His first acting job was joining the cast of Almost Live!, a Seattle, WA, sketch-comedy series produced by NBC.
- Appeared in scripted and improvised Burger King commercials before landing his gig as The Soup host.
- In 2006, was one of the invited judges for an episode of Iron Chef America in which Cat Cora and Walter Royal went head to head preparing artful dishes with the secret ingredient ostrich.
- His son, Eddie, had heart surgery as an infant and made a full recovery.