Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971 in Rome, Italy) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his Deadpan Snarker persona in stand-up, acting, and hosting gigs.
Prior to his breakthrough roles in acting, he was perhaps best known as the host of E!'s long-running pop culture clip show The Soup, which he also served as a writer on. After eleven years, the series ended in 2015.
Nowadays, he's probably most associated with his role as Jeff Winger on NBC's Community, opposite the likes of Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Gillian Jacobs.
Outside of The Soup and Community, he's appeared in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil, the revival season of The X-Files, and CBS' The Great Indoors. In 2018 he hosted The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, a short-lived weekly topical talk/sketch series on Netflix.
- Almost Live! (1996-99) (cast member)
- The Soup (200415) as himself (host)
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) as Mr. Jacks
- The Informant (2009) as FBI Agent Robert Herndon
- Community (200915) as Jeff Winger
- Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) as Wilbur Wilson
- What's Your Number? (2011) as Roger
- Ted (2012) as Rex
- LEGO Dimensions (2015) as X-PO and himself
- Deliver Us from Evil (2016) as Butler
- The X-Files (2016) as Tad O'Malley
- The Great Indoors (201617) as Jack Gordon
- A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) as Chevy Chase
- The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (2018) as himself (host)
- Santa Clarita Diet (2018) as Chris
- The Happytime Murders (2018) as Special Agent Campbell
- Assassination Nation (2018) as Nick
- Stargirl (2020) as Sylvester Pemberton / Starman
- Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge (2020) as Johnny Cage
He provides examples of:
- Spiritual Successor: The Joel McHale Show is basically a revival of The Soup under a different name.