Joel McHale on actors complaining: ‘How many other people’s jobs have catering?’

Joel McHale has a new book out now, Thanks for The Money, which is getting solid reviews as a celebrity memoir which satirizes the genre. He also has a new sitcom on CBS, The Great Indoors, which is not as well received but given some of the dredge which passes for sitcoms lately could hang in there. I haven’t watched it yet as the trailer made me cringe, and this is coming from a McHale superfan. I’ll give it a chance though! McHale has several new interviews promoting his book and show and as usual I really enjoy what he has to say. In an interview with NPR, he acknowledged how incredible it is to be an actor and how it’s rather silly to complain about it when you get so many perks. Tell that to Katherine Heigl, although she learned the hard way.

The actor tells NPR’s Rachel Martin that he wrote the book, in part, as a reaction to performers who take themselves too seriously. “We dreamt about doing something as a kid and we actually get to do it,” he says. “So when I see actors complaining about hours or material or things like that — how many other people’s jobs have catering? How many people’s jobs have a person who will park your car? I mean it’s all silly when you begin to look at it.”

On how he feels about celebrity memoirs
I read Bruce Campbell’s If Chins Could Kill and that is a great book. But then there are slews and slews of celebrity memoirs that I don’t necessarily think that they had enough information or story to last an entire book. My life certainly didn’t. And then also there’s so many self-help books that I thought that, well, a lot of that seems to be pretty smoke and mirrors so why not just use my life story to show you how to become a celebrity and then get free stuff.

On how hard it is to read from a teleprompter when you have dyslexia
I cannot read well. I’ve gotten a lot better at it since I’ve been reading teleprompters, for about 13 years now. But when I first started, it took me four hours to get through 22 minutes of jokes. … When The Soup started it was just put on the air at 10 p.m., which was a desert on Fridays, so there was no pressure on us at all to deliver a quality product. So it allowed me to sit and get better at this teleprompter, which was a horrible thorn in my side. I don’t read books to this day; I just listen to everything on Audible.

[From NPR]

This is from the guy who pulled strings to get a Sony TV on discount. I kid! That was one of the nicer emails to come out of the Sony hack. I like that he seems like a decent guy, that he supports important causes, and that he’s aware of his privilege. I didn’t know he had dyslexia. It must have taken a lot to overcome that in his profession. I’m going to order and read this book. I need a nice light, funny read. I’m still not sure about his new show, although he sells it quite well in this other interview with EW.

Oh and if you love seeing celebrity real estate (like me), McHale just sold his home in Los Feliz, CA to actor Ben Feldman (Silicon Valley) for $2.55 million. You can see more photos here. The interior design is modern yet comfortable although the home was likely staged specifically to sell.

Look at this baby face. Joel needs scruff!
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Joel McHale out and about in New York

photos credit: WENN and Getty

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  1. Bettyrose says:

    At this point, I don’t even get why networks still bother. Like I’m going to watch a show that isn’t released a season at a time. Binged the hell out of The Crown this weekend.

    • Melly says:

      Girl yes. Everything you said.
      I watched all 10 episodes of The Crown in 2 days. I can’t wait for season 2 to come out next year.

      • bettyrose says:

        IKR? I’m not going to say anything about it here, but I’m sure we’ll get a thread to discuss after it’s been out longer.

    • SnazzyisAlive says:

      Ohhh I can’t wait to see that 🙂

    • swak says:

      Is it good? I’ve been debating watching it. I like binge watching full seasons also!

      • Bettyrose says:

        If you’re fascinated by the daily intricacies of royal life (I am), it’s very enjoyable. Well cast, IMHO.

    • Jayna says:

      I also watched The Crown. It was fantastic. I binged on The Affair weeks before that.

  2. Melly says:

    I love Joel McHale, The Soup was hilarious. But i’m mostly a Community super-fan. Troy and Abed in the MORNING!

    • V4Real says:

      I don’t know why I like him; I just do.

      I think I kind of started crushing on him when I saw him in the horror movie with Eric Bana. He played a serious role which he did ok in. And yeah The Soup was hilarious.

    • pinetree13 says:

      YES, loved the soup and community. LOVE ABED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like Joel’s humor usually but I probably won’t check out his new show. No time sadly. Unless you guys keep recommending it!

  3. Nicole says:

    His new sitcom isn’t as terrible as the trailers. His character is basically Jeff Winger with a laugh track. He does an asshole super well.

    • Ange says:

      Really? I thought it was worse. Hated it. So cheesy and predictable and the laugh track is the WORST.

  4. Konspiracytheory says:

    I’m a Joel super fan, too – my husband and I practically draped black bunting over our TV when The Soup was cancelled. We tried the new sitcom…made it through 5 minutes. Damn CBS and its idiotic, obnoxious laugh tracks!

  5. Dolkite says:

    Anyone else see the irony of having a job where you get catered food every day but have to abstain from almost all of it because your job requires you to stay thin?

    • boredblond says:

      Hehe, good one. If the food has to be fat free, sugar free, low carb, organic, gluten free, etc etc, the menu may not be too enticing.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        If you’ve ever seen a craft services table you’d know that it is so ladened with all sorts of junk food lol, donuts, cakes, sodas, chips, etc. There’s also one small platter/bowl of fresh fruit. Mostly, the crew eats the junk; actors’ food choices are catered in their dressing rooms.

    • pinetree13 says:

      LOL never thought of that!!!!! So true!!!!!

  6. Lisa says:

    Some celebrity memoirs are just too premature. Everyone is in a rush to build a brand and get their faces on as many products as they can for fear of not having their name on everyone’s lips for five seconds. Then the people I’d love to read memoirs from, like Gena Rowlands and Stevie Nicks, are just too private to even consider it!

  7. smee says:

    I heard an interview with him on Fresh Air recently and he came across as very down-to-earth, genuinely funny and smart. Then I watched his new sitcom – the writing is deplorable (like a basket full) and it won’t be on for long. Hope he does find a good project soon.

  8. KasySwee says:

    Has he ever apologized for all his many transphobic jokes he made while on The Soup (which is how he lost me as a fan and viewer)? Nope? Ok, then. He can go away already

  9. LoLo says:

    I just finished his book, it’s pretty funny! Though not sure how much the credit should be split between him and the “ghost writers” (who are credited by name, so are they still technically ghost writers?) Either way, its good for some solid laughs. 👍🏽