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Joel McHale


Born in the historic city of Rome, Italy, to a Canadian mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American father, Jack McHale, Joel Edward McHale's life story crosses international borders and cultural lines.  With his father hailing from Chicago and of Irish descent, and his mother, a Vancouver native, blending Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry, Joel's background is as diverse as his career.  Raised in the bustling environment of Seattle, Washington, Joel's early life on Mercer Island set the stage for a dynamic future.

Joel's academic journey led him to the University of Washington, where he not only majored in history but also played a vital role in the university's championship football team, showcasing his versatility and team spirit.  His passion for the arts flourished here, culminating in a Master of Fine Arts from UW's prestigious Actor's Training Program, laying the groundwork for a successful entertainment career.


Joel's career took off with a cast member role on KING-TV's "Almost Live!" (1984), marking the beginning of his journey in the world of television and comedy.  His move to Los Angeles post-college saw him landing roles in notable TV shows such as "Will & Grace" (1998) and "Oliver Beene" (2003), setting the stage for a significant year in 2004.  This year, Joel showcased his versatility with roles in "Spider-Man 2" (2004), "The Onion Movie" (2008), and "Lords of Dogtown" (2005).  It was also the year he began his memorable stint on E!'s "The Soup" (2004), a show that became synonymous with his name.  Joel's sharp comedic timing and unique perspective on pop culture and reality TV made "The Soup" a must-watch, turning it into a pop-culture phenomenon.

Beyond his acting prowess, Joel has proven his mettle as a host and producer.  His recent work includes hosting "House of Villains," an E! reality series that confirmed its return for a second season during an interview with Joel on the Emmys red carpet, as reported by EW and PEOPLE.  This role further showcases Joel's adaptability and appeal across various entertainment platforms.

Joel's contributions to entertainment extend beyond acting.  He hosted the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards and the 2015 ESPYS on ABC, and in 2014, he was the esteemed host of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, highlighting his ability to engage and entertain diverse audiences.  His role in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" (2012) as a charming yet sleazy boss displayed his range as an actor, capable of bringing complex characters to life. 

Today, Joel McHale lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.  Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to connect with audiences nationwide through stand-up comedy, selling out shows across the country with his unique brand of humor.  Joel's journey from a history major to a beloved figure in entertainment exemplifies his multifaceted talent and unwavering dedication, making him a true renaissance man of the modern age.


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