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Joel McHale Biography

Birth Name:
Joel Edward McHale
Birth Place:
Rome, Italy
TV host, actor

Fast Facts

  • Born in Rome, Italy, while his father was a dean at Loyola University Chicago's Rome campus
  • Was a walk-on tight end for the University of Washington Huskies for their 1991 Rose Bowl game
  • His first acting job was joining the cast of Almost Live!, a Seattle, WA, sketch-comedy series produced by NBC
  • Appeared in scripted and improvised Burger King commercials before landing his gig as The Soup host
  • In 2006, was one of the invited judges for an episode of Iron Chef America in which Cat Cora and Walter Royal went head to head preparing artful dishes with the secret ingredient ostrich
  • His son, Eddie, had heart surgery as an infant and made a full recovery


  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program: nominated


  • Stephen McHale -- Brother
  • Jack McHale -- Father
  • Laurie McHale -- Mother
  • Edward Roy McHale -- Son
  • Isaac McHale -- Son
  • Sarah Williams -- Wife