Joel McHale knew he had arrived when he was asked to appear on Sesame Street

54th Monte Carlo Television Festival
Joel McHale did a recent interview with British outlet Digital Spy. I think this was to promote The Soup’s 10th anniversary this month along with celebrating the show’s first Emmy nomination (for their True Detective parody). It’s also possible that the British version of E! is just starting to air The Soup, but I’m having a hard time verifying that. Any excuse to talk about Joel McHale is a good one.

McHale has hosted The Soup for ten years despite the fact that he’s also had supporting movie roles, helmed a TV comedy (Community) and had multiple TV guest spots and voice roles. He’s a busy guy, but he’s not whinging about it. He’s doing his job, he’s focused on the work and he’s grateful to be a working actor. McHale has remained loyal to The Soup and is busting his ass to fit everything else in. Here’s some of what he told Digital Spy:

On The Soup’s first Emmy nomination
We see it like making a very fine Persian rug. It takes forever to make them, it’s a labor of love and eventually you’ll be recognized for it. But by that point, your fingers have just been gnarled to the bone!

On his work schedule
I remember once I didn’t have a day off for eight months. But to be able to work in Hollywood as an actor and be paid for it was always a dream of mine, so I have a hard time going, ‘No, I have to take this morning off…’

I just walk around in a constant state of exhaustion – kinda like Ryan Seacrest, just minus the billion dollars

On his British fans
Everyone British keeps telling me, ‘You don’t make fun of British shows so The Soup’s not going to be as popular in the UK’ – and I get that.

But we did Made in Chelsea – that show was amazing. Is it still on? We gotta get back to that.

I did the IT Crowd pilot, which I’m sure the UK folks were thrilled about. I only get a couple of hate tweets about that a week now -’What the f**k is this, McHale?!’

On being thrilled to do a guest spot on Sesame Street
It’s those moments – like when I was on Sesame Street, where I was like, ‘Oh, I have arrived – I have achieved a certain amount of success, because Sesame Street is asking me to come on’.

It was thrilling – I couldn’t believe I was doing it. I was really profane when the camera was off. They sent me the script to see if I was okay with it – I’m like, ‘You don’t need to send me the script. It’s approved – approved all the way!’

[From Digital Spy]

I haven’t seen McHale on the US version of The IT Crowd. I’ll have to look for the 2007 pilot, which is all that was filmed as it never made it to a full series. (Friends of mine watched the original British version and loved it, but I couldn’t get into it.) It cracks me up that he still gets flack for it on Twitter.

Of course I’ve seen every episode of Community, which I consider one of the most brilliant comedies of all time. (If you ignore the gas leak season.) NBC has canceled the show, but it’s been picked up by Yahoo! Screen and will return this fall with new free streaming episodes. I can’t wait!

It’s adorable that McHale is so excited about his Sesame Street guest appearance. That was in 2012, and he’s still talking about it like it’s the best thing ever. He just hosted the White House Correspondents dinner, but that pales in comparison to doing a Sesame Street segment. Here he is on Sesame Street explaining the word “prickly.” I kept expecting mankini to come out in a porcupine bikini.

Annual White House Correspondents Association Gala

54th Monte Carlo TV Festival - "Community" Photocall

Annual White House Correspondents Association Gala

McHale is shown with Community co-star Gillian Jacobs at a photocall in June, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May and out in NY in May. Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. GiGi says:

    I’m a longtime McHale fan! I even continue to love him despite his wiglet. He seems like a dedicated husband and father & I think he’s one of the funniest people working right now.

  2. G0tch4 says:

    I don’t get the love for community. We don’t pay for cable but magically we get about five channels, I think because we have cable internet, and community is on every day at supper. I watch it when I get home from work while making dinner and I really don’t get why people love this show. I wish I did because people speak so highly of it. I don’t see what they see. And I’ve heard enough stories about Chevy chase (?) being a prick, it’s all I can think about when I see him on tv.

    • jen d. says:

      I love it, but I get that not everyone else does. I think most of my love for it is based on my love of the characters. I’m really invested in them, which is probably a bit pathetic;)

      Chevy Chase was a hard character to watch. He doesn’t sound like a great guy, and Pierce (his character) didn’t develop as much as the other characters. I kind of get why Chase was mad – it was kind of obvious that the writers didn’t like him.

  3. Audrey says:

    I’m watching sesame street right now I think Norah Jones has been on like 3 times so far

  4. Ag says:

    i love him, he’s freaking hilarious.

  5. Erinn says:

    I have such mixed feelings about the American IT Crowd.
    For one… I love McHale… (and Ayode of course) so it COULD be good.
    But at the same time… the British one is just so freaking perfect.

    • Ag says:

      i’ve never seen the US version, but does the british one take some time to get into? my husband and i gave it a couple of episodes and we weren’t able to get into it… and we wanted to get into it, since so many people love it. haha

    • Amy Tennant says:

      I love the British version. It’s so awesome. I read an interview with O’Dowd, and he was talking about a couple of things he’d done, and he could tell what movie people had seen him in by whether they loved him or hated him (the first was Bridesmaids and I forget what the second was). I was yelling, “Yes, but what if we ask you to fix our computers?” He will always be Roy to me.
      That said, I should look up the American pilot as I like McHale, too.

    • Bridget says:

      There’s a reason why the American version never made it past the pilot stage (and this was in 2007, when they really wanted to replicate the success of The Office). That pilot is known as being infamously, embarrassingly bad.

    • Brittney B says:

      The American pilot is A-W-F-U-L. He knows the weekly hate is justified. The original’s a must-see classic, and because I love it (and Joel) so much, I’ve never made it through the entire thing. Too much cringing.

  6. Mia4S says:

    Love him! He’s been on my Freebie Five for years. :-)

  7. Snazzy says:

    I love him on the Soup! So funny! And such a mischivious grin – can’t help but smile :)

    “like Ryan Secrest, just minus the billion dollars”

    Note: Ok I’m fangirling…. and I’m not afraid to admit it !!!

  8. Char says:

    I love Joel McHale! I tend to love a tall man anyways, but he is also hilarious! He always manages to get in a dig at Ryan Seacrest. I remember reading an interview where Joel said Ryan pranked him by having his agent call Joel & tell him that Ryan was super pissed at one of his jokes about his height. Apparently Joel called Ryan to apologize & Ryan was just like “Gottcha!” LOL

    I love love Community & hated to see it get cancelled. Hopefully the new season with Yahoo will be awesome!

  9. Abbott says:

    Seems like a nice guy but that Correspondence Dinner was a disaster.

  10. feebee says:

    I think a Sesame Street appearance is as good an indication as anything.

    I can’t get into Community but I love McHale. I’d even sit through his Correspondents Dinner speech again.

    It’s a pity he didn’t do the CD before his Sesame Street gig. If they wanted a definition of prickly they could have cut in some of the reactions to his jokes as a real world example for the kids.

  11. Bridget says:

    I love The Soup and have been watching for almost all 10 years (gold star!) – and I have a soft spot for McHale since he started way back in Almost Live. That said, there’s a reason why his IT Crowd pilot never saw the light of day… it was truly terrible. Infamously terrible.

  12. nicegirl says:

    I love that one of his personal success markers is appearing on Sesame Street – isn’t that a dream of every child of the 70′s? That and having your name read on Romper Room! How cool for him!

    What’s the word on the street?

  13. kri says:

    Snarky is the new sexy, and he has it in spades.Loved him in Community. I think he’s funniest when he’s filthy. He wears the hell out of leather, too.

  14. phlyfiremama says:

    I love Joel!! Talk Soup is the greatest thing ever~they have really had some incredible hosts on that show.

  15. aenflex says:

    Good for him. I’ve always liked him.