Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, television producer, and television personality. He is known for hosting The Soup and for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community. He voiced the character of Elliot in Open Season 2 (replacing Ashton Kutcher), and has appeared in such feature films as Spider-Man 2, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Ted.
After earning his master's degree in acting, McHale moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles in Diagnosis: Murder, CSI: Miami, and Will & Grace. He played a TV reporter in the biopic Lords of Dogtown. He guest-starred as a cast member on the NBC improv comedy show Thank God You're Here during the pilot episode and had a guest role on an episode of Pushing Daisies. McHale also appeared in Spider-Man 2 in a small role as Mr. Jacks, a bank manager.
In 2004, McHale began hosting The Soup, a satirical weekly television show on the "E!" television network. Throughout the show, he takes the audience through the oddities and ridiculous happenings of the week in television. He frequently appears as a co-host on Loveline. He has also had a long association with Circle X Theatre, where he has done several plays. He has been a judge on Iron Chef America. He was involved in the American version of the British TV show The IT Crowd. McHale made a guest appearance on the finale of Last Comic Standing sixth season, when he recapped the show's events in his typical format of jokes made popular on The Soup. He occasionally appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann in a humor sequence closing the show.
He starred in Community, which premiered in winter 2009, and continues to host The Soup. McHale made an appearance on the first episode of the fifth season of Tosh.0. He played Rex in Ted (2012) and had a short guest stint on the FX show Sons of Anarchy. He played a police officer in the supernatural thriller Beware the Night.
He recently revealed in a deleted scene from the 2011 documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope that he had auditioned for 3 roles in the 2009 film Star Trek (film): Spock, Hikaru Sulu, and Nyota Uhura. He, unfortunately, did not get any of these roles.