Joel McHale and Melissa McCarthy Joel McHale and Melissa McCarthy

If you thought announcing the Emmy nominations was a piece of cake, wait 'til you see this.

To prepare for Thursday's announcement, Melissa McCarthy — who will unveil the nominees with Joshua Jackson — turned to last year's co-announcer, Joel McHale, for some advice.

Joshua Jackson, Melissa McCarthy to announce Emmy nominations

Luckily, he was ready for her and punched, er, trained her to a pulp with help from a chicken and a puppy.The clip's a little reminiscent of Anne Hathaway and James Franco's

Oscar Host-in-Training promos, but you've got to love how McHale avoids saying Bridesmaids.