Though best known as the cocksure host of E’s long-running ‘The Soup,’ as well as the cocksure Jeff Winger on the beloved NBC cult comedy, ‘Community,’ Joel McHale is actually… well, pretty cocksure in person. But it works: His outsized personality is a perfect fit for his towering six-four frame and big-screen-ready good looks. And like the characters he plays, he’s admirably quick on his feet: In a recent chat with MensJournal.com, he shared his favorite java joints, his love of fast cars, and his thoughts on fashion naysayers.
He actually came back after the show to talk to us, I mean, it NEVER happens after a Just For Laughs gala. The staff even told us that of course, there’s no point in waiting by the stage, nobody does tha- oh wait there he is.
He came and took pictures with us and made jokes and was just the sweetest.
When he came to me I just shook his hand and told him: “I just wanna say… twelve seasons and a theme park”. Well he just stood there a few seconds, looking at me and just took me in his arms and said thank you.He said they need us to talk about the show to our friends and everything ‘cause he’s scared about the 12-episode on a Friday night thing… he just loves the show so much and loves the fans, but it’s not an act, he’s 100% honest.
So really, I couldn’t ask for more tonight (we also got some Wayne Brady improv yaaay). Community truly has the best cast ever.
David Letterman Defends Chevy Chase In Tense Joel McHale Interview
David Letterman seemed determined to use Joel McHale’s appearance on “Late Show” (Weeknights, 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS) to try and defend the good name of his friend Chevy Chase. McHale has spoken on occasion about the controversy that surrounded Chase and “Community” creator Dan Harmon, but he himself never seemed to have any issues with his co-star.
Nevertheless, Letterman and Paul Shaffer were adamant in their defense of Chase’s reputation, calling into question the veracity of some of McHale’s stories about Chase trying to goad him into fist-fights on set.
The result was an interview with a very weird vibe. At times, it looked like McHale was laughing the whole thing off, but at other times he looked genuinely uncomfortable. And then, to wrap up the bizarre segment, Letterman cut to a picture of Chase just before the commercial break.
I am sharing this because I kind of wanted to get it off my chest:
As a big McHale fan, but an even bigger COMMUNITY fan, I was… really… annoyed at last night’s interview.
This “issue” is MONTHS old. Back from when the season wrapped-up shooting. And it wasn’t even the first voice mail that Chevy left on Dan’s phone. It was resolved and dealt with. Dan apologized to Chevy, Chevy called Dan when he was fired (or so I’ve read, but I probably dreamed it), everything is fine and dandy (except for, you know THE PART WHERE THE CREATOR OF THE SHOW LETTERMAN’S GUEST IS THE STAR OF WAS RECENTLY FIRED IN A VERY PUBLIC MANNER).
I may be wrong, but I believe it is a talk show host/writer’s job to stay current with their guests, just, you know, out of respect. They didn’t even mention that Joel would be hosting the Gala at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal (which, again, I may be wrong, but that sounds like something one would want to promote, and a reason to appear on a Talk Show). Finally, way to say “you’re no one important, kid,” by showing a picture of your friend, as opposed to one from the guy you just interviewed.
I know it’s clear Letterman doesn’t watch COMMUNITY (it’s ok, Letterman, I don’t watch your show, so I guess we’re even), but this isn’t the first time he screws a COMMUNITY cast-member over. Remember when he interrupted Donald before he finished Heartbeat? Yeah… pretty awkward…
To be fair though, I blame it it on his production crew, and old age. I’m not saying it’s time for him to retire, I’m saying I’m not their target audience.
From now on, I hope Joel goes only on the Jimmys, Conan and Craigy Craig, because those interviews are always golden. Probably because they actually care.