Meet Joel McHale
Actor & comedian
Joel McHale is one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the industry. Joel can currently be seen hosting The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix for a half-hour topical series that takes a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe. Most recently he can be seen playing former Community co-star Chevy Chase, in Netflix’s A FUTILE & STUPID GESTURE opposite Will Forte. He recently wrapped the indie ASSASSINATION NATION for Sam Levinson. In 2015 McHale wrapped the twelfth and final season of E!'s The Soup in which he satirized pop culture and current events. He is best known for his starring role on the hit comedy series COMMUNITY, which ended its sixth season on Yahoo after five seasons on NBC.
Earlier this year, he starred in THE GREAT INDOORS on CBS, where he played a renowned adventure reporter who took a desk job in the digital department of a magazine. McHale was also seen last year on Fox's revival of THE X-FILES, where he played a conservative news anchor. Other starring feature roles include A MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS opposite Robin Williams, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced supernatural thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the Warner Bros' romantic comedy BLENDED alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Seth MacFarlane's comedy smash TED, WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER?, David Frankel’s THE BIG YEAR, and Steven Soderbergh’s THE INFORMANT. In 2014, McHale hosted the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington D.C. He also hosted the 2015 ESPYS on ABC.
In the fall of 2016 McHale released his first book through Putnam Penguin, Thanks For The Money: How to Use My Life Story To Become The Best Joel McHale You Can Be, which is part memoir part self-help guide.
Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, Washington, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington where he also was a member of their championship football team. He received his Master's of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.
McHale lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.