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McHale was born in Rome, Italy, and is of Irish and Nordic roots. He grew up in the Seattle area, graduating from Mercer Island High School in suburban Seattle in 1990.
He received a Bachelor`s degree in History from the University of Washington in 1995. While at the University of Washington, McHale belonged to the Theta Chi Fraternity. He was recruited to be on the rowing team, but later walked onto the football team, playing tight end for two years, and was a member of the school`s 1991 national championship team. Before completing the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, he became part of the Almost Live! cast, a local sketch-comedy TV show produced by Seattle`s KING-TV (Channel 5).
From 1993 until 1997, Joel was a member of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions, participating in Theatersports! at the Market Theater located in Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
McHale married Sarah Williams in 1996. They have two sons, Edward Roy (2005) and Isaac Hayden (2008).
After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles on Oliver Beene, CSI: Miami, Will & Grace, and was a TV reporter in the biopic Lords of Dogtown. He guest starred as a cast member on the NBC reality show Thank God You`re Here during the pilot episode and also had a guest part in episode 1.6 of the ABC show Pushing Daisies. He also appeared in Spider-Man 2 as the bank manager.
He is currently filming The Informant in Decatur, Illinois in which he plays FBI Agent Robert Herndon along side Matt Damon.
He frequently appears as a co-host on Loveline. He has a long association with Circle X Theatre, where he has done several plays. He has also done commercials for Burger King, Dockers, and Sealy.
McHale is also a weekly guest on the The Adam Carolla Show and Mickey and Amelia Show, and is an occasional guest on the Opie and Anthony show. He has been a judge on Iron Chef America. He was involved in the American version of the British TV show The IT Crowd. He made a guest appearance on the finale of Last Comic Standing season 6, when he gave a recap of the show`s events in his typical format of jokes made popular on The Soup. He also occasionally appears on MSNBC`s Countdown with Keith Olbermann in a humor sequence closing the show.
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McHale hosts The Soup, a satirical weekly television show on the E! television network. Throughout the show, he takes the audience through the oddities and ridiculous happenings of the week in television. The show has become a cult hit due to his stinging criticism of American entertainment and pop culture obsession, as well as for his comedic talent and off-kilter subject material.
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Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, Washington
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Joel Edward McHale
Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community. He voiced Elliot in the computer-animated comedy film Open Season 2, and has appeared in such films as Spider-Man 2, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Ted.
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News satire, Observational Comedy