He Has a New TV Show (community), a New Movie (the Informant!) - and a Terrible Nickname
BIGGEST INDULGENCE Video games. Gears of War and Rainbow Six. Some I play alone, but most of the time I play with my friend Scott. I go over to his house and we play video games and drink red wine.
TRAVEL MUST Ear plugs. The wax ones work best, or noise-canceling headphones. Or I do both, and then I can sleep.
DYING TO MEET I’d love to meet John Cleese [he already did]. You could kill me after that. He is such a terrific guy. Or Bill Murray or Robert De Niro.
PREFERRED EXERCISE Before I was a dad, I was a marathon runner. Now I try to do yoga with my wife. But what I really like is basketball. I’m in an entertainment league.
NICKNAME REVEAL My brothers called me Joel-the-Pole-the-Big-Fat-Mole.
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT That’s easy—Siena, Italy. I was born in Rome. We lived there because of my father’s business and I love it there. My favorite place is the Duomo di Siena [here]. It’s an amazing example of medieval architecture.
Allan Havey helps everyone understand what it’s like to bomb, Dwayne Perkins remembers crackheads and Coney Island, BJ Novak stands up for Shakespeare, and Joel McHale defends his exercise regimen. Plus, Jim Earl and Eddie Pepitone. And, of course, Marc.
I decided to put a post together in which he’s being a dad, because I know we all appreciate his DILF side, and what better day to do that than Father’s Day, right?
We would really like to wish Joel McHale a Happy Father’s Day, but we’re not sure he’d read our tweets, or if he’s even happy about the existence of this day (seeing how he’s not particularily fond of St. Valentine’s), so… yeah, enjoy ♥
Highlight: Brought my kids to Toy Story 3. I cried like a baby. Lowlight: My kids now think I’m a pussy.
Every parent should thank God for the gift that is their children’s health, and shower them with love.
Being a parent is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me on Earth.
The Soup host Joel McHale is known for his humor, but there is nothing funny about the open heart surgery performed on his son Edward ‘Eddie’ Roy, 3 ½, while still just a newborn. “It was a horrific time for us,” Joel admits to Tasty Baby. “Very surreal.” Eddie had two holes in the wall of his heart which surgeons needed to close, but Joel says that the situation could have easily been much worse. “Even though open heart surgery is obviously major, major surgery, Eddie’s problem was nothing compared to when a surgeon has to deal with the valves and veins of the heart,” Joel explains. “Multiple surgeries are required for those, and it can affect quality of life and life-span.” That Eddie emerged from the procedure with no “residual effects” has left Joel and wife Sarah — who are also parents to 9-month-old Isaac Hayden – feeling “deeply thankful.” Joel adds,
“We spent about a week in Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (the greatest hospital in the world), on the floor with all the other children who were recovering from much more serious surgeries. We realized quickly that Eddie’s problem paled in comparison to some of those kids. We were so lucky because we had an end to the dark tunnel that was his problem, but for those other kids, it can be a life-long struggle, or worse. They are so strong and brave.”
Advising every parent to “thank God for the gift that is their children’s health, and shower them with love,” Joel says that growing up with two brothers helped prepare him for life with his two sons — who “get along great.” “My poor mom was also surrounded by men,” Joel says. “Sarah…will just have to get used to a life of the toilet seat always being up.” The 37-year-old comedian says that there’s not “as much testosterone as you’d think” in his house, however: “I inject myself with estrogen daily…Menopause sucks,” he jokes.
Telling Tasty Baby that he considers himself an environmentalist, Joel says that he’s employing eco-friendly measures around the house with varying degrees of success. “We’ve been trying to teach [Isaac] to make sure he doesn’t throw away cans and bottles,” Joel notes. “Sadly, he sucks at it.”
“He just drools all over the recycling and pushes it around and smiles. It’s pretty cute.”
Eddie, on the other hand, is a big fan of the Toyota Prius — but Joel says he can’t take the credit. “[Eddie] just loves them. I like the Audi R8, but go figure – the kid is naturally environmentally conscious.”
With three soon-to-be-released movies, two TV shows and a number of event hostings, including the Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival, which runs through June 19, Joel McHale is clearly not inclined toward slowing down. Known for his quick wit and sharp timing — on display weekly on E!’s “The Soup” and NBC’s “Community”— McHale is gaining momentum as a top-notch pop culture icon. No stranger to Chicago, the 39-year-old actor took a short break to talk to the Sun-Times.
In the seven weeks between now and the movie’s premiere, there will be four new episodes of the TV show, each with (as usual) two stories. The first of these airs this Saturday at 9:00pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel. The first part, “Candace Disconnected,” sees the boys helping their sister out when she loses her cell phone for the fifth time — but of course their help may not be exactly what she was hoping for. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz will be struggling with an alternate, sarcastic head for his robot Norm, appropriately called “Sarcastic Norm Head,” who is voiced by none other than Joel McHale, the very funny host of E!’s The Soup and actor on the TV show Community.
Joel McHale, the host of E!’s “The Soup,” has run a marathon in 3 hours 6 minutes and recently completed an eight-mile run in just over 40 minutes. But McHale’s athletic accomplishments at the University of Washington were somewhat more difficult to quantify. “The Soup,” a satirical weekly wrap-up of reality television and entertainment news, airs Fridays at 10 p.m.