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“The Soup’s” Joel McHale to Bring Jokes to the MAC

Joel McHale will be appearing at the MAC at the University on Saturday, November 5 for a night of comedy and lots of laughs. The event is produced by Concerts East and AEG Live. Ticket prices range from $35 to $55, depending on the seating section.

If you’re unsure of whom McHale is, chances are you’ve seen him on hit TV shows The Soup and Community, or in some films such as The Informant and the latest Spy Kids installment. While his roles in movies are hardly comedic, McHale is best known for his deadpan, sarcastic sense of humor, and his chiseled smile.

McHale, actually born in Rome Italy, has been host, a writer, and producer of the weekly “E!” television show, “The Soup,” which is a revamped version of “Talk Soup,” since 2004. McHale has crafted his skill of wit and comedic timing.

His commentary on reality television stars and other celebrities has made him hugely popular with TV audiences.

Furthermore, his style has paved the way for similar shows like “Tosh.O” and TruTv’s “World’s Dumbest” series.

Only McHale can describe a celebrity without holding back and get away with it, such as him saying “…a woman returned a $22,000 Rolex watch that Chris Brown lost during his performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Wouldn’t you?”

A lot more of his comedy is raunchy or can be seen as too explicit for this publication, so feel free to watch his clips online.

“It’s awesome that Joel will be at Monmouth,” Jeff Zegas of Red Bank, a University alumni, said. “He is hilarious on ‘The Soup.’ It’s the only show on E! I’ll watch.”

McHale has starred on the hit comedy show “Community” on NBC, along with comedy greats Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow from The Hangover). McHale plays Jeff Winger, a lawyer who was disbarred and forced to attend community school to earn it back.

McHale takes on a leadership role for a variety of characters. The cocky Jeff describes himself as “…not the worker bee type. I’m more of a silver back gorilla with the claws of a lion, the teeth of a shark and the quiet dignity of a tortoise.”

Mike Corsey, a senior at the University and promotions officer for CommWorks, loves “Community” for “the bravery of the writing.”

Aaron Furgason, communication professor, is also a loyal fan of the show.  “You have to pay attention to dialogue…the body language. It’s like ‘Arrested Development’,” Furgason said. “[McHale’s] the engine that drives the comedy.”

“Community” has acted as the start for NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup going on three years. Now in its junior year, the comedy has created a role for star John Goodman, a great addition to a mix of veteran comedians and up and comers Danny Pudi and Donald Glover.

With the success of both “The Soup” and “Community,” McHale has gained a loyal following through his twitter account, with over two million followers.

Joel McHale Jokes MAC 2While promoting both his shows, McHale posts various pictures from behind the scenes and on his comedy tours.

Recently, McHale has been selling out in cities like Chicago and venues such as Carnegie Hall.

Joel McHale has no plans of slowing down or walking away from any of his achievements.

He will be appearing in future movies The Big Year starring Owen Wilson and Jack Black, and in Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane’s first directorial debut, Ted.

At the age of 39, McHale is at the top of his game with plenty of room to gain more opportunities for exposure.

Get your tickets soon before the event sells out. Jennifer Dwiggins, a University sophomore and employee at the MAC box office, said around three-fourths of the tickets have been sold, including one for herself.

On the night of McHale’s stand up performance, the MAC will open their doors at 7:30 pm and the show will begin at 8:30 pm. The parking lot will open at 6:30 pm.

For more information, contact the MAC box office at 7322636889.