Harrison Ford Heads Back To Work As Production Resumes On 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Spotlight On Joel McHale Of 'The Soup'

Erin Demchak Erin Demchak
January 5th, 2009 10:02am EST
Joel McHaleYou can't help but laugh, and almost pee your pants sometimes, when watching Joel McHale on E! Television's The Soup as he endlessly makes fun of celebrities with absolutely no remorse. It's usually the "faux-lebrities" and reality show stars who have it coming to them anyways. It's funny to hear his jabs at Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Ryan Seacrest and Tyra Banks!

About his hosting job on The Soup, Joel McHale has said, "I've always made fun of television shows and how ridiculous some celebrity behavior is, but I never thought my job would be commenting on it. There's a side of me that's happy I get to say these things out loud. But other times I feel like a whore!".


Joel was born in Rome, Italy in 1971 but soon moved to Seattle, Washington with his family. While earning his Bachelor's in History at the University of Washington, Joel completed the Professional Actors Training Program and became part of the Almost Live! cast, a local Seattle sketch-comedy TV show. Joel was also a member of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions, participating in Theatersports, a non-profit theatre company, at the Market Theater in downtown Seattle.

After graduating in from college in 1995, Joel moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in acting. He landed small television roles on Diagnosis Murder, CSI: Miami, Guiding Light, and Will And Grace as well as movies Lords of Dogtown and Spider-Man 2. Even after he landed the job on The Soup in 2007, he didn't give up the acting bug. Joel has appeared in Pushing Daisies and is currently filming The Informant along side Matt Damon.

Watch "Hollywood Tees Off"




Writing, producing and hosting The Soup is what Joel is most known for as he satirically shows the viewers what is going on in the world of television. According to IMDB, 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.

Not only is Joel a funny guy, but he is a family guy as well. He and wife Sarah Williams have two young sons, Edward and Isaac.

If you haven't seen The Soup, put it on your list of things to do or add it to your list of shows to DVR. Trust us- you won't be disappointed. The Soup airs Friday nights at 10:00 PM.

Erin Demchak
Story by Erin Demchak

Starpulse contributing writer