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Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community. He also starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Great Indoors.

He portrayed Wilbur Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.

Early life

McHale was born in Rome, Italy, where his father, Jack McHale, worked as Dean of Students at Loyola University Rome Center. His mother, Laurie, is from Vancouver, Canada; and his father is from Chicago, Illinois.[1] Of Irish and Norwegian descent,[2] he was raised Catholic. He grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, and briefly in Haddonfield, New Jersey, near Philadelphia, before returning to his native Washington state.[3] He attended Mercer Island High School.[4]

McHale received a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Washington and briefly belonged to Theta Chi.[5]

He was recruited to be on the rowing team but later joined the football team. Though most of his teammates received athletic scholarships, McHale was a walk on playing tight end for two years.[6] He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington. He is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks.[7]

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References

  1. http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/east_king/mir/lifestyle/35031314.html
  2. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/15/pmt.01.html
  3. http://www.details.com/story/soup-host-joel-mchale-is-the-funniest-man-on-tv
  4. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20040822&slug=joelmchale22
  5. http://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/joelmchale.html
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22047-2005Feb13.html?sub%3Dnew?=AR%20THECHAT
  7. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7035000/the-walk-on

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