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'Community's' McHale and Brie Charm Their Respective Late Night Hosts

With the upfronts coming up next week, Joel McHale and Alison Brie reminded us of the benefit of casting such good-looking, charming actors. While McHale was talking about Conan getting super drunk at their kids' playdate (take a second to imagine how fun that playdate was…k, seconds over) and discussing the finer points of leather pants wearing with Andy, Brie was animaling balloons, kind of flirting with Garry Shandling (who can blame her), and talking about getting an unfortunate massage (unfortunate for her, not the guy who saw her butt). If only Nielsen ratings were decided by charm, Community would trounce those Big Bang Theory nerds. After the jump, [...]

Listening to the DVD Commentary for Community, "Contemporary American Poultry"

Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through pretty pictures and less pretty words, the behind-the-scenes secrets the creators, writers, and cast discuss about their show. If you've ever wondered what Jason Lee was thinking while recording his 85,035th voiceover for My Name Is Earl, this is for you.

Show: Community

Episode: "Contemporary American Poultry" (S01E21)

Original Airdate: April 22, 2010

Episode Plot: In an elaborate mafia movie (and Sixteen Candles…) parody, chicken finger-fever hits Greendale, with Abed, instead of Jeff, calling the shots.

Players Involved: Dan Harmon, creator; Gillian Jacobs, actress; Joel McHale, [...]

Community Recap: "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"

For the majority of Community's two-and-a-half season run, the writers haven’t known what to do with Shirley. Ask fans of the shows what they think of her, and they’ll usually vaguely (in a fittingly Shirley-like voice) reply, “She’s nice? DEFINITELY wasn't dressed as Miss Piggy in that Halloween episode.” She’s not as developed as the other members of the Seven; Jeff effectively reduces her to a religious fanatic who enjoys baking. She’s tolerated by the rest of the group because they’re in desperate need of a mother figure, even if they don’t realize it — particularly someone like Britta, because as much as she thinks she likes being a [...]

Almost Live!: What Seattle Sketch Comedy Gave to Us

Long before Portlandia, there was another Pacific-Northwest-flavored offering to the world of televised sketch comedy. The production quality was choppy and star power was limited to Soundgarden cameos, but in 1992, Seattle’s Almost Live! scored prime real estate on then-fledgling Comedy Central — and it made a few of its cast members household names.

Unlike Portlandia, Almost Live!’s aesthetic was just a few cuts above public access, and the location-heavy humor was rarely universal. Neighborhood name-dropping was rampant, and jokes weren’t based on popular Seattle stereotypes, if any Seattle stereotypes were to be had (the grunge movement had yet to hit mainstream airwaves as a possible punch line). But [...]

Joel McHale Gets Melissa McCarthy Prepped to Read the Emmy Nominations by Punching Her in the Face

Melissa McCarthy is announcing the Emmy nominations on Thursday morning. In order to be fully prepared to let the world know the nominees for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, she enlisted the help of an abusive Joel McHale in this video by Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs. Not the smartest move, McHale. Now, if you're nominated, McCarthy will just swap in someone else's name instead.

Joel McHale Thinks Chevy Is Coming Back, Which Is Good Enough For Us

There is a lot of art imitating life in Community, as the characters are very much a representation of Dan Harmon and of their actor's iconography. That's why it's fun to see that Joel McHale is the real life leader of the study group that is the show. Sure, Dan Harmon is in charge of running the show and all, but it's McHale's job to maintain show normalcy. At NBC's summer press event, McHale calmly and confidently tried to relieve the troubling, bubbling tension that is Chevy Chase: "He obviously wasn’t very happy. But he loves the cast, my guess is he’ll be back if we’re back… I’m [...]

Community Cast Continues Tirelessly Being Awesome on The Soup

The Community cast visited Joel McHale during The Soup (skip to about 0:45 for them to show up if you don't care about the fate of Mr. Cotton the dog, and if so, what are you, some kind of monster?). They've left Chevy at home, but poking fun at Karate Dog seems to be the new cast pastime – it makes an appearance in this fun video too. It's soon revealed that Chevy, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll and the rest of the cast are all just figments of Joel's imagination. "If Community were real, don't you think you would have seen a commercial for it on NBC?" [...]

The Male Community Cast Enjoys A Dark, Strong, Shirtless Cup of Coffee

Goooood morning. Joel McHale was asked to make a video for People's Sexiest Man Alive contest, and bless his toned, muscular heart, he shares the wealth with the other male cast members of Community. Only one bone to pick about this otherwise PERFECT video: why hasn't Ken Jeong been named a Sexiest Man Alive yet? Get with it, People Magazine. This is what the ladies want. For video completists, McHale talked more about the filming process on Conan last night, including why Chevy Chase wasn't included (hint: a combination of homophobia and overly pointy nipples).

Checking In…with the Hosts of Talk Soup

Starting today, you can see Joel McHale earning a paycheck in the literally diaper-smelling Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. Just kidding, Joel — I love you dearly, because you play Jeff Winger on Community, make fun of celebrities who deserve ridicule, and were in an episode of Pushing Daisies, and anyone who appeared on Pushing Daisies is good in my book. You are also the host of the always-excellent The Soup, which seems like it’s been on E! since the beginning of time. But lo and behold, there exists a pre-Soup era, one now referred to as the Talk Soup age. And over its [...]

Ricky Gervais, Tracy Morgan and Joel McHale Probably Won't Make The Marriage Ref Bearable

Jerry Seinfeld's near-unwatchable show for NBC The Marriage Ref, in which celebrities make fun of normals and tell them how to have good relationships, because celebrities are relationship experts based on the fact that they are famous and maybe good at acting, returns for season 2 on Sunday night. There are some pretty good guest refs coming in this season, including Ricky Gervais, Tracy Morgan and Joel McHale, but even if Mitch Hedberg and Bill Hicks rose from the dead to do this show, I'm not sure that'd be enough to get me to watch it. Wait a minute…is that Rachel Ray? Nevermind! I'm on board! Tell me how [...]

McHale Jokingly Addresses/Evades Chevy Voicemail-gate – Classic Winger

This morning, while guest co-hosting Live with Kelly, Joel McHale broke his long silence over the whole Dan Harmon-Chevy Chase ego contest. In response to Kelly’s prodding, McHale answered by cracking some jokes and smiling some smiles – it was everything you’d hope for and more. McHale smirked, “It's impossible because there's no way Chevy could figure out voicemail.” He continued, in his best Jeff Winger impression, “He hibernates for nine months out of the year and when you wake someone up, they're very disoriented and a lot of the time, they don't know what they're saying." This is a great point and also great advice for the [...]

58 Reasons Why I Love Community, One from Every Episode

Before Community aired its first episode in 2009, Joel McHale was the guy from The Soup, known to most only as "The Guy from The Soup"; Gillian Jacobs was the girl who had a topless scene in Choke; Alison Brie was the rarely-seen Trudy on Mad Men; Donald Glover was part of a comedy troupe that made the "bro rape" video; Yvette Nicole Brown was a movie theater manager on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh; Danny Pudi was the Token Indian in movies like Road Trip: Beer Pong; and Chevy Chase was a has-been.

Now, on the morning/afternoon of their 59th episode together — their last until March? April? May? [...]

Community Recap: Timeline-by-Timeline Analysis of "Remedial Chaos Theory"

"Bienvenido de la casa Chez Trobed."

There is a lot to go over in last night’s brilliant episode of Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory,” the show’s most clever way of spending little to no money yet (with the exception of the rights to “Roxanne”), so let’s do this timeline-by-timeline, yes?

Actually, before we get to that, a question: Pierce mentioned that he had sex with Eartha Kitt in last week's episode, when the Seven speaks to Omar, and no one blinked an eye; does that mean these episodes airdates were swapped? That would explain why their apartment is 303, the episode's production order. Also: props to writer Chris McKenna, who [...]

Joel McHale on Stand-Up, Steve Martin And Carrot Top as a Beacon to The Children

Joel McHale is much more than just a condescending smirk, though to be fair that smirk is what's keeping his family in chicken dinners and new school pants. In addition to discussing Community and The Soup with Collider, McHale reveals how he got started on his three-year-old stand-up career: "The money was terrific. No. My booking agent said, 'If you put a set together of Soup jokes and you start building an act, you will have an instant audience because people follow the show and you’ll make a lot of money.' And I was like, 'Really?!' So, I started doing that."

While he's currently promoting his upcoming [...]