Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) 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.
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) as Mr. Jacks
- The Informant (2009) as FBI Agent Robert Herndon
- Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) as Wilbur Wilson
- What's Your Number? (2011) as Roger
- Ted (2012) as Rex
- A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) as Boyd Mitchler
- Deliver Us from Evil (2016) as Butler
- A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) as Chevy Chase
- Game-Over Man (2018) as himself
- The Happytime Murders (2018) as Special Agent Campbell
- Assassination Nation (2018) as Nick
- Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020) as Johnny Cage
- Becky (2020) as Jeff Hooper
- Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021) as Johnny Cage
- Almost Live! (1996-99) (cast member)
- Will & Grace (2001; 2020) as Ian/Phil (2 episodes)
- The Soup (200415) as himself (host, 618 episodes)
- Pushing Daisies (2007) as Harold Hundin (episode: "Bitches")
- Community (200915) as Jeff Winger (110 episodes)
- Phineas and Ferb (2012) as Norm Head Prototype (episode: "Candace Disconnected")
- Sons of Anarchy (2012) as Warren (2 episodes)
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2013-15) as First Ninja (5 episodes)
- Bojack Horseman (2015) as Alex (episode: "Yesterdayland")
- The X-Files (2016) as Tad O'Malley (4 episodes)
- Dr. Ken (2016) as Ross (episode: "Dave's Valentine")
- The Great Indoors (201617) as Jack Gordon (22 episodes)
- Rick and Morty (2017) as Death Stalker Hemorrhage (episode: "Rickmancing the Stone")
- Milo Murphy's Law (2017) as Victor Verliezer (2 episodes)
- The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (2018) as himself (host, 19 episodes)
- Santa Clarita Diet (2018) as Chris (4 episodes)
- The Masked Singer (2019-21) as himself (5 episodes)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (2019) as himself (episode: "Trump: The Rusical")
- The Rookie (2019) as Brad Hayes (episode: "The Shake Up")
- Stargirl (2020) as Sylvester Pemberton / Starman (2 episodes)
- The Twilight Zone (2020) as Orson Rudd (episode: "8")
He provides examples of:
- Spiritual Successor: The Joel McHale Show is basically a revival of The Soup under a different name.