On Saturday McHale will be poking fun at the popular crowd during his performance at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Possibly best known for hosting “The Soup” on the E! channel, McHale has used the TV show to cultivate a following of fans that enjoy his common scene cynical brand of humor. On “The Soup,” McHale, who is also the writer and producer for the show, finds the most absurdly funny celebrity moments from that particular week. Whether it is reality TV stars, big name TV celebrities, red carpets or even the woman selling jewelry on QVC, all are fair game on “The Soup.”
Able to use his dry delivery to create good belly laughs, McHale’s comedy skills have garnered “The Soup” excellent ratings since 2004 and have spawned a spin-off of sorts called “Web Soup,” hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick on the G4 network. The show takes all the crazy stuff someone can find on the Internet and points out the sometimes obvious humor.
McHale’s ability to connect with his viewer has landed the comedian another title: actor. This fall, the comedian turned actor will star in the NBC primetime series “Community.”
“Community” is a smart-comedy TV series that centers on McHale’s character, Jeff, who, after losing his license to practice law, has to return to community college to seek a legitimate degree. McHale finds himself in good company, acting alongside co-stars such as Chevy Chase, John Oliver from “The Daily Show,” Yvette Nicole Brown from “Rules of Engagement,” Alison Brie from “Mad Men,” Donald Glover from “30 Rock” and Ken Jeong from the summer movie “The Hangover.”
“Community” makes its small screen debut on Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m.
McHale is adding to his big-screen credits by taking a role in “The Informant!” The movie, which stars Matt Damon was a quasi-intelligent undercover agent, will hit theaters on Sept. 18, the day after “Community” debuts.
Not a stranger to the movies, McHale also had small supporting roles in 2008’s satirical “The Onion Movie,” as well as “Spider-Man 2” in 2004 and “Lords of Dogtown” in 2005.
McHale’s success was not something that happened overnight. The Seattle native completed his master’s degree at the University of Washington in the actor’s training program. Although McHale has surely put the training to good use, his ability to make people laugh while on stage or emote on cue when acting seems very natural.
McHale’s stand-up performance is sure to spear a few celebrities’ egos and definitely make the audience laugh. McHale performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall.
Tickets are $40 and $60 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, www.silverlegacy.com, by calling (800)MUST-SEE or 325-7401 or at the Silver Legacy box office.
For more information about McHale, visit www.joelmchaleonline.com.