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while he’s not the big­gest star on tv, joel mchale cer­tainly knows how to crack a joke about hol­ly­wood’s big names. as the host of e!’s satir­i­cal hol­ly­wood gossip show the soup (2004-cur­rent), he has the per­fect plat­form to play­fully tear into celebs. but aside from trash-talk­ing the high and mighty, joel’s also a dad, the star of sit­com com­mu­nity (2009-cur­rent) and a col­lec­tor of aprons…

the 43-year-old co­me­dian, ac­tor and tv pro­ducer was born in rome, italy but his fam­ily moved to the us when he was only a few months old. he’s been mar­ried to sarah wil­liams since 1996 and they have two sons – ed­ward roy (10) and isaac (7). ed­ward had open-heart surgery when he was just a few hours old after doc­tors dis­cov­ered two big holes in his heart. joel says that this pushed him to live a health­ier life. he tries to do 100 pushups a day. “at ran­dom times, i’ll drop to the floor to do pushups,” joel says. joel’s dyslexic and ad­mits to hav­ing cheated his way through school. “i never could re­ally read.” he still has is­sues read­ing off teleprompters when do­ing his host­ing du­ties. his first job was at a drive-through cof­fee business called sam’s espresso when he was in high school. he’s since be­come a bit of a cof­fee snob and is of­ten seen at cof­fee tast­ings in los an­ge­les. he loves bar­be­cu­ing and ac­tu­ally col­lects aprons. “i have one from kenya that my cousin gave me, i have a christ­mas one and one that looks like a denim skirt,” he laughs. he lists his ap­pear­ance on kid­dies edu-tain­ment se­ries sesame street (1969-cur­rent) in 2011 as one of his ca­reer high­lights. in the skit, joel had to de­scribe the word “prickly” to a pineap­ple, cac­tus and por­cu­pine.

Joel mchale has the golden touch when it comes to tak­ing

the mickey out of celebs.

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