Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a 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 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. In addition, Joel received his Master's of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.
Joel was a cast member on KING-TV's "Almost Live!". He moved to LA after graduating college, and quickly landed parts in "Will & Grace" and "Oliver Beene". 2004 was a big year for Joel, as he booked roles in "Spider-Man 2", "The Onion Movie" and "Lords of Dogtown". In addition, that year he began writing, producing and starring in "The Soup" on E!, where he counts down the most absurd, hysterical, wacky and surreal moments in the world of reality TV and celebrity each week. Joel's quick wit and sharp comedic timing have made "The Soup" a pop culture phenomenon.
Joel stars on the hit comedy series, "Community". He also appeared opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's comedic thriller, "The Informant!". He hosted the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, and co-starred in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D", opposite Jessica Alba, where he played a spy-hunting reporter married to Alba's character, the stepmother to his children. In 2011, he also had a role in "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and "The Big Year" with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson.
McHale appeared in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted", a live-action tale of a boy and his teddy bear. Co-starring with Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane, he played a charming but sleazy boss to Mila Kunis' character.
Joel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons. He performs his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences.
Name: Joel McHale
Known for: The Soup
BirthDay: 20, Nov ,1971