Joel McHale

Resourceful performer who adapted to roles.

Joel McHale
Full NameJoel Edward McHale


The illustrious Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, of an illustrious Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has a distinguished Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Mercer Island High School. He was a history major at the University of Washington, where he was a member of the championship football team and was soon awarded a master's of fine arts from UW's Actor's Training Program. Joel soon achieved fame in KING-TV's Almost Live! (1984), and thereafter his career flourished in LA with parts in Will & Grace (1998), Oliver Beene (2003), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Onion Movie (2008), and Lords of Dogtown (2005). In 2004, Joel began writing, producing, and hosting The Soup (2004-2015) with his trademark sardonic wit. Regardless of the circumstances, Joel has proven to be a successful and distinguished figure, and is truly a revered member of royalty.

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Nope! Joel McHale took the road less traveled, with nothing but faith, No family, no connections, to guide the way, But with determination and a heart so bright, They rose to the top, a true delight.

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  • 43:45 - The Makings of a Struggle
  • Black Box
  • Short Adam
  • Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum
  • Community: Webisodes
  • Community
  • Harmontown
  • The Bear
  • Love, Death & Robots
  • The Soup
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Conan
  • How's Your Head, Hun?
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
  • Bob Saget's Here for You
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Archibald's Next Big Thing
  • This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
  • Milo Murphy's Law
  • Tiger King
  • Celebrity Game Face
  • The
  • Oliver Beene
  • American Housewife
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Crime Scene Kitchen
  • The Seven Faces of Jane
  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge
  • Straight Up Steve Austin
  • Psych 2: Lassie Come Home
  • Harmontown
  • Stargirl
  • Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television
  • Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
  • Join or Die with Craig Ferguson
  • Difficult People
  • The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
  • The Soup Investigates
  • Mr. Iglesias
  • The Gong Show
  • Ted
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