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25 Days / Day 6 / Joel McHale

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Who: Joel McHale host of E!’s celebrity and reality skewering The Soup and snarky fake lawyer returned to community college Jeff Winger on NBC’s Community

Why: He’s the King of Snark, funny as hell, really tall, wears clothes well, and is another amazing Craig Ferguson guest

When: About two years ago-present

Level of Obsession: Joel is absolutely hilarious on both his shows, and in his stand-up which I got to see in May. Afterwards he signed stuff for a long line of people and was funny and personable and did not freak out when I hugged him for our photo together (which is framed, with my autographed ticket, above my desk)

“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): Flipping past The Soup and seeing a mash-up spoof of the recent (at the time) Beowulf movie + Scott Baio’s reality show called BaioWulf. The cowboy get-up he wore in Community’s Halloween episode. His chemistry with Annie in Debate 109

If you get a chance to see Joel live, do it. The first part of his show was very Soup-y, but the second half where he riffs on his family – in particular his dad the spendthrift and his son Eddie the 4-year-old ladies man are absolutely hysterical. I literally could not breathe a few times I was doubled over laughing so hard. He’s incredibly gracious (and snarky) with his fans and he made me promise to watch Community and make others do so as well. So watch it! It is a still a little green but the episodes where it clicks are hilarious and he’s doing a great job making the character a dick with a tiny, little, growing heart. Also he doffed his shirt once and it was pretty exciting – who knew he had that going on under those skinny ties?!

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

One thought on “25 Days / Day 6 / Joel McHale

  1. This sums up my thoughts exactly about Joel – so funny and soooo hot! My friend Kimberly who has influenced my music/tv/film taste over the years, introduced me to the soup late 2008 and we both love to drool over joel every week. So naturally we were stoked when we heard about community. (You’re right again – when it’s good it’s amazing!) And gotta love Chevy too!

    I’d found that shirtless pic of Joel online before I saw the ep and was pleasantly surprised at ‘the package’! The hottest moment so far was definately the cowboy shirt! Yowzer! Cowboys definately do it for me, so seeing Joel like this just about sent me through the roof. When I texted Kimberly ‘wait til u see joel in a tight cowboy shirt’ she replied with ‘my heart literally just skipped a beat’

    p.s. Super jealous that you’ve met him! but glad to hear he’s so cool in person 😉


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