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5 Questions With: Joel McHale

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 19th 2008 6:00AM
"I would love if there was some sort of machine that could track the number of times the word "Palin" was said. It would be like tracking the word "O.J." in 1994."

He makes a living off of making fun of TV shows, he's never met a Ryan Seacrest joke he didn't like and he's now openly calling Sarah Palin the biggest trainwreck of 2008. He is Joel McHale.

As the host of E!'s 'The Soup,' McHale breaks down the week's biggest, most ridiculous stories every Friday night, with regular jabs at his favorite whipping posts, a few quick celebrity cameos and more outrageous reality TV clips than you ever thought could possibly exist. So it's only fitting that we went to him for a little end-of-year reminiscing.

McHale opened up to us about why he owes VH1 for much of his material, what's he's looking to get his network nemesis Seacrest for Christmas and why punching and kicking equal honest TV in his book.


He makes a living off of making fun of TV shows, he's never met a Ryan Seacrest joke he didn't like and he's now openly calling Sarah Palin the biggest trainwreck of 2008. He is Joel McHale.

As the host of E!'s 'The Soup,' McHale breaks down the week's biggest, most ridiculous stories every Friday night, with regular jabs at his favorite whipping posts, a few quick celebrity cameos and more outrageous reality TV clips than you ever thought could possibly exist. So it's only fitting that we went to him for a little end-of-year reminiscing.

McHale opened up to us about why he owes VH1 for much of his material, what's he's looking to get his network nemesis Seacrest for Christmas and why punching and kicking equal honest TV in his book.



1. In terms of material, who is the biggest cash cow ever?
Oh, Tyra. And, you know, it helps that she's on five days a week and she has two shows. And when he was around, Flavor Flav. He stopped doing his series ... I don't know what's wrong with him. But pretty much any series on VH1. They give and they give and they give.

2. Who was your favorite walk-on celebrity this year?
When Simon Pegg and Keith Olbermann came on, I thought my head was gonna explode. And the fact that they did bits together ... I was like, "Look at me -- I'm, like, on TV and everything! It's like a real show! I'm not just a glorified weatherman tonight!"

3. And who wins the prize for biggest trainwreck of the year?
Well, you know we didn't have a Britney this year ... [Laughs] I think it's Sarah Palin. Even though we're not a political show, obviously her popularity in pop culture was so big that E! actually allowed us to talk about it. They usually don't like us talking about political things, because they assume people watching E! don't care I guess. But she kind of was overwhelming. She was everywhere. Her name must've been mentioned 50 million times on television. I would love if there was some sort of machine that could track the number of times the word "Palin" was said. It would be like tracking the word "O.J." in 1994. She takes the cake -- especially after the Katie Couric interview, and then her not knowing the answer to a bunch of stuff. But let's not call her the trainwreck -- let's call her the slaughtered turkey.

4. What would you get Ryan Seacrest if you were his Secret Santa?
Full-body massage. From me. [Laughs] No, I got him what I got last year -- we have matching Uggs. I wish. I need to get a pair of those at some point. You know, the hiphugger jeans are somehow still in fashion right? But then for a while the girls were wanting to wear short skirts, right? So you'd see these pubescent girls with kind of a weird hiphugger skirt on, but it'd be kind of a short skirt, but then their bellies would be hanging out and then they'd be wearing Ugg boots. That is as unattractive as possible, without just covering herself with feces. [Laughs] Moonboots? Check. Slut skirt? Check. Belly out? Check.

5. We know you're a huge 'Battlestar Galactica' fan -- what other shows do you watch without the intent to make fun of them?
'Mad Men' -- I love 'Mad Men.' I love 'Flight of the Conchords.' I loved 'Pushing Daisies' -- and I was on it which makes me love it even more. And as far as reality shows go, I like watching 'The Ultimate Fighter.' And I ain't joking. Why you ask? Because it is the most honest reality show on television. On 'American Idol' it's like, "You sang off key"; in 'Ultimate Fighter" it's like, "You broke his nose." But with your broken nose, you're fighting tomorrow. That's honesty.

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