is best known for hosting The Soup and for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community.
I'm going to answering questions for the next hour. Oh and by the way Community returns tonight on NBC 8pm
I'm going to answering questions for the next hour. Oh and by the way Community returns tonight on NBC 8pm
Comments: 3669 • Responses: 51 • Date: 2013-02-07 19:03:52 UTCsource
AceMedo1561 karma2013-02-07 19:06:08 UTC
Is danny pudi's smile as heartmelting in real life as it is on screen?
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Oct19isTonight2422 karma2013-02-07 19:15:28 UTC
Yes but he can only hold it for 12 hours
Jordanfre1528 karma2013-02-07 19:04:52 UTC
What's it like being more handsome than the guy who's famous for being handsome?
Oct19isTonight2106 karma2013-02-07 19:27:42 UTC
Thank God for make up
ligthbulb1336 karma2013-02-07 19:05:05 UTC
Who the hell are you always texting? Everyone you know is here.
Also, how would you describe tonights premiere in one word?
Oct19isTonight1803 karma2013-02-07 19:23:09 UTC
tom_riddler1248 karma2013-02-07 19:05:37 UTC
Fuck, marry, kill: Donald Gover, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong
Oct19isTonight2428 karma2013-02-07 19:28:27 UTC
All three actions, to all three of them, in that order
T3canolis1183 karma2013-02-07 19:06:50 UTC
I'll ask the question that all Community fans are wondering about the new season:
Is it still Community?
Oct19isTonight3249 karma2013-02-07 19:39:40 UTC
No. It is now Game of Thrones
phalo1093 karma2013-02-07 19:05:20 UTC
Was the paintball (Modern Warfare) episode of Community as much fun to shoot as it looked?
Oct19isTonight1685 karma2013-02-07 19:30:47 UTC
Some of the most fun I've ever had. It was like won an auction item where I got to pretend to be an action star for two. The director Justin Lin is a genius
Brass-Mirage1067 karma2013-02-07 19:06:17 UTC
Dear Mr. McHale,
My question is simple: are we ever going to see Dean Pelton wearing this? http://imgur.com/CYw9O3m
Oct19isTonight1856 karma2013-02-07 19:27:28 UTC
Dear Lord I hope not. That would make him look ridiculous.
tom_riddler1048 karma2013-02-07 19:08:31 UTC
From an actors perspective, how has the attitude of the set changed since Dan Harmon's departure?
Oct19isTonight1863 karma2013-02-07 19:25:57 UTC
We as a cast have become more vocal on about jokes in scripts and such. Since we've lived with these characters for four years we have a pretty good sense of what they might say or do. Or I like to think I have a pretty good sense. Damn, I hope I do by now
CharlesBBarkin964 karma2013-02-07 19:04:30 UTC
Megan Ganz wanted us to ask: “Ask him which he loves more: my episodes, or my company.”
Oct19isTonight1190 karma2013-02-07 19:18:15 UTC
I love Megan. One of the best around
readcommentbackwards941 karma2013-02-07 19:04:20 UTC
Joel, first of all, welcome to the Internets.
I know that you're a married man and probably have a happy marriage. However, most of the Reddit community is wondering this:
During Alison Brie's "Santa Baby" lapdance . . . what did you think about to avoid an awkward erection?
Also, did you know Ken Jeong has a medical degree from UNC (Go Heels) . . . and would you ever trust him to operate on you?
Finally: Favorite Childish Gambino song?
Oct19isTonight1797 karma2013-02-07 19:20:42 UTC
I had to imagine Ken Jeong's medical degree to avoid the awkward boner. I was also wearing a cup(as I always do).
Picking a favorite Childish Gambino song is like picking your favorite type of puppy. They're all good.
fruity4430 karma2013-02-07 19:10:33 UTC
Would you ever do a rap verse on a song with Childish Gambino? Like Tina Fey did?
Can't wait for tonight!
Oct19isTonight1255 karma2013-02-07 19:21:11 UTC
I would but it would end my career. So...I guess I have an out if I need it
NeighborStrategy912 karma2013-02-07 19:05:56 UTC
In the Soup, has Lou been played by the same dog the whole time, or has he been replaced by similar looking dogs like Lassie?
Oct19isTonight1732 karma2013-02-07 19:33:18 UTC
He played Seacrest's clydesdale once.
themadnooch892 karma2013-02-07 19:06:26 UTC
Given that Chevy Chase seems like a nightmare and didn’t really want to be there, was he professional about it every time “action!” was called? It seemed like most of the cast does a good job of acting out scenes with him when cameras are rolling, and I actually laughed at a large portion of all Pierce scenes. Also I call major bullshit about how you only did pushups to get those pecs.
Oct19isTonight1604 karma2013-02-07 19:39:20 UTC
When Chevy was in the zone and liked what he was doing he would nail it.
Phan91882 karma2013-02-07 19:08:17 UTC
I was wondering if Community actually got six seasons and a movie, what would you like to do for a movie?
Oct19isTonight2319 karma2013-02-07 19:41:21 UTC
I would like it to be shot like Les Mis and take place in the same era
shwinnythepooh879 karma2013-02-07 19:04:48 UTC
Honestly how much does Donald try to rap on set?
Oct19isTonight2006 karma2013-02-07 19:22:53 UTC
In between take Donald wears head phone and composes on his lap top. He quietly raps to himself and sings. I didn't know what he was doing in first season when he did that. Turns out he was making some of the best music out today
Cyense817 karma2013-02-07 19:05:36 UTC
Alright, be honest with me. How long DOES it take to get that perfect kind of bedhead?
Oct19isTonight2602 karma2013-02-07 19:50:53 UTC
6-8 hours. Depending on what time I go to bed.
PhotoDeanic813 karma2013-02-07 19:05:06 UTC
What the hell are regionals?
Oct19isTonight1633 karma2013-02-07 19:32:51 UTC
They're right after semis!
WhiteTrashRedditor660 karma2013-02-07 19:05:13 UTC
Who is your favourite actor on set to work with? Is Danny Pudi as cool as Abed in the show?
Oct19isTonight1348 karma2013-02-07 19:43:16 UTC
Danny is one of the best people on the planet. People are attracted to him like he's the president.
anik23654 karma2013-02-07 19:06:35 UTC
Do you think a live episode of Community à la 30 Rock could work? Who would be the Julia Louis-Dreyfus to your Tina Fey?
Oct19isTonight1542 karma2013-02-07 20:00:46 UTC
That would be terrific. Can we borrow some money from you to cover the extra costs?
WhiteTrashRedditor585 karma2013-02-07 19:06:48 UTC
Does it even feel like a job, working on the set for Community? It just looks like you guys have a blast.
Oct19isTonight1145 karma2013-02-07 20:03:27 UTC
It's a dream come true to work on a show like this and with such a good cast.
By the way I have to go soon, I'm guesting Fallon. I have to get dressed.
NikkiNavs539 karma2013-02-07 19:06:01 UTC
First, I'd like to start off by saying you're on my top 5 celebrity 'to-do' list so keep up the good work.
My question is: How does the show feel without Dan Harmon?
Oct19isTonight866 karma2013-02-07 19:37:52 UTC
The show is different in that the creator of it isn't there. So that was weird. Thankfully there were some writers from the beginning to help guide for all the new people. I haven't seen any of the eps but I know some must be good because the scripts were great. Cast member Jim Rash wrote a terrific one among many others.
rabbit29505 karma2013-02-07 19:04:35 UTC
What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed on the set of Community with Harmon no longer there?
ligthbulb924 karma2013-02-07 19:07:20 UTC
rabbit29812 karma2013-02-07 19:08:10 UTC
I totally Britta'd that.
Oct19isTonight1204 karma2013-02-07 19:17:10 UTC
Yeah, I've been Britta'ing the last 16 minutes. I don't know what I was doing wrong but I'm finally able to reply
Loose_Lipped_Control326 karma2013-02-07 19:10:07 UTC
You're the worst.
Oct19isTonight837 karma2013-02-07 19:18:00 UTC
agreed. Now you guys will see the full display of my intelligence when you see how crappy and long it takes me to type.
Girrzimm499 karma2013-02-07 19:06:52 UTC
how big is your forehead REALLY?
Oct19isTonight1818 karma2013-02-07 20:03:42 UTC
NGU-Ben497 karma2013-02-07 19:07:36 UTC
On a scale of 1-10 how much do you hate Todd?
Oct19isTonight1029 karma2013-02-07 20:07:57 UTC
MustardTrousers475 karma2013-02-07 19:07:17 UTC
Okay Joel, you're clearly in a bad space today, but Pierce is our friend. And the Barenaked Ladies are triple platinum, are YOU?
Oct19isTonight1066 karma2013-02-07 20:06:37 UTC
Genticles467 karma2013-02-07 19:04:59 UTC
What was your favourite epsiode to film out of the first three seasons?
Also, Annie or Britta?
Oct19isTonight1177 karma2013-02-07 19:32:26 UTC
That's impossible. They're so different. I still can't believe we did a My Dinner with Andre parody. Such great writing and a tour de force by Danny.
Wilderness_doc436 karma2013-02-07 19:05:02 UTC
Will Mankini ever get a cameo on Community?
Oct19isTonight849 karma2013-02-07 19:21:21 UTC
His fee is too high
Revolutionizer428 karma2013-02-07 19:06:31 UTC
do you think Community would benefit from putting the episodes up on Netflix (perhaps all at once) in the future, like House of Cards?
Also (perhaps a common question): has the dynamic of the show changed since Harmon left? If so, in what way?
Thanks for the AMA, looking forward to the premiere tonight!
Oct19isTonight736 karma2013-02-07 19:45:42 UTC
I know we're now syndicated on hulu so I don't know how it works with Netflix. We're also now on Comedy Central.
ryancroberts404 karma2013-02-07 19:04:45 UTC
Oct19isTonight994 karma2013-02-07 19:29:40 UTC
Getting training for me was very helpful. I can't speak for anyone else.
She smells like....victory
acoustic_noise396 karma2013-02-07 19:05:55 UTC
If you could do a project (like a show or a movie) of your own idea, what would it be?
Oct19isTonight991 karma2013-02-07 19:53:49 UTC
I really would love to do a Community movie. Hopefully will have more seasons after this
msmouse05390 karma2013-02-07 19:05:00 UTC
You give a lot of speeches as Jeff on the show, so does the rest of the cast every try and make you laugh or break when they are out of the shot?
Oct19isTonight665 karma2013-02-07 19:46:40 UTC
They feeling on set is wonderfully goofy. The cast is very gracious if letting me stumble through my speeches until I get the words right
katieya377 karma2013-02-07 19:08:08 UTC
Hi Joel! Happy October 19th.
Ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt? Favorite flavor?
Edit: thank you so much! And yes, please come back!
Oct19isTonight1208 karma2013-02-07 20:10:19 UTC
Gelato. Dark Chocolate Peppermint
Guys, I have to go. I have to go to Fallon or he's going to be pissed. I'd love to do this for two hours next week. Will that work?
streetsahead88376 karma2013-02-07 19:08:15 UTC
Dan Rather is doing an AMA at this moment as well. So, Joel, who would win in a fight between you and him?
Oct19isTonight800 karma2013-02-07 19:40:28 UTC
Regular Ultimate Fighting rules or K1?
rabbit29366 karma2013-02-07 19:06:18 UTC
What’s your favorite Alison Brie moment? All of them? It's totally all of them.
Oct19isTonight866 karma2013-02-07 19:58:31 UTC
I loved the paint falling on Annie and Abed
tragic-waste-of-skin336 karma2013-02-07 19:06:03 UTC
Oct19isTonight526 karma2013-02-07 19:55:19 UTC
She's absolutely a great person all the way around. She should have gotten all the awards for how good she is on that show. Sutter is an incredible creator
ConMan2292323 karma2013-02-07 19:08:25 UTC
Are you excited for the season opener or anxious to see how it's received? Also, how hopeful are you for a fifth season?
Oct19isTonight964 karma2013-02-07 20:15:44 UTC
I can't wait to hear what people think. The fans of Community are the best in the world. I truly think the way you support the show is unique. The passion is incredible. My gratitude is bursting.
Okay, I have to go. Fallon will kill me if I don't get dress and go.
Let's do this next week. Sorry this was only an hour. Thanks a ton for watching at 8pm tonight. Six Seasons and Movie!
WhiteTrashRedditor314 karma2013-02-07 19:06:30 UTC
Who is the funniest cast member on the set of Community?
Oct19isTonight798 karma2013-02-07 19:59:55 UTC
Donald puts on a one man show daily. So funny. Jim also makes me fall on my ass laughing.
hannahsmetana290 karma2013-02-07 19:06:12 UTC
Hi Joel. So you have 3m twitter followers. @nbcCommunity has 100k. Did you have any idea the Soup was so popular? And assuming half a million are porn bots, can't you bully the other 2.4m into following @nbcCommunity, given the move to start monitoring social media interaction?
Oct19isTonight1255 karma2013-02-07 19:57:33 UTC
I've always been terrible at story problems
vishmister273 karma2013-02-07 19:05:08 UTC
Are you and the cast like a family off-set as well as on it?
EDIT: OMG. Joel McHale. Best Day of my Life
Oct19isTonight733 karma2013-02-07 19:52:44 UTC
Yes, we have a conference call every night and sign off the way they did on the Waltons.
okayc0mputer270 karma2013-02-07 19:04:48 UTC
What was it like growing up in Italy?
Oct19isTonight1529 karma2013-02-07 19:50:12 UTC
I don't know. I left when I was 3. Food was really good but it was pretty much breast milk the first year I was there.
fluffynukeit265 karma2013-02-07 19:04:48 UTC
"The universe is an endless, raging sea of randomness. Our job isn't to fight it but to weather it together on the raft of life. A raft held together by those few, rare, beautiful things that we know to be predictable...us."
We have seen a lot of changes in Jeff's character during his journey toward becoming a "good person." Do you think these have been innate changes to Jeff's personality, or do the other members of the group bring out the best in him? In other words, if the forces of life eventually had Jeff on his own away from the group, do you think he would revert back to some of his old personality traits? Why or why not?
Huge fan of the show. You are all awesome. Thanks for doing this AMA and being a part of something so special to me.
Oct19isTonight525 karma2013-02-07 19:49:19 UTC
I hope any change Jeff goes through take place glacially. I think that's more real. In real life it's usually not an about-face. I love that he's slowly learning and has to learn some of the same lessons over and over again. Jeff relies on the group. They're his family. That alone is a big change for him.
rabbit29243 karma2013-02-07 19:06:01 UTC
Would you rather fight 1 Chang sized duck or 100 duck sized Changs?
Oct19isTonight293 karma2013-02-07 19:23:36 UTC
This is a toughy
Csnyder23229 karma2013-02-07 19:06:39 UTC
I may sit in the bathroom at school so i can watch how this AMA rolls out. What are your thoughts on skipping Theology IV to do this?
(Also, very big fan!)
Oct19isTonight439 karma2013-02-07 20:02:07 UTC
Theology IV? Did you skid I,II, and III?
1337and0219 karma2013-02-07 19:05:02 UTC
Love you Joel!
How many push ups can you do in one sitting?
Out of all the episodes that have aired, what's your favorite?
Oct19isTonight450 karma2013-02-07 19:42:35 UTC
I use those perfect push up thingys and it's hard. Usually 40
Fiedy88192 karma2013-02-07 19:06:04 UTC
Why the change in the set of The Soup, more of a budget for 2013? #thankgoditsOct19
Oct19isTonight495 karma2013-02-07 19:55:50 UTC
We got money for graphics now!!
mcaustic189 karma2013-02-07 19:06:00 UTC
Which show has the best snarky lines: The Soup or Community?
Oct19isTonight440 karma2013-02-07 19:54:24 UTC
Not sure but Brian Williams and Dr. Oz nailed on the Soup last night
Liamusic188 karma2013-02-07 19:08:10 UTC
Hi Joel! Giant fan of the show, been following since season 1...two questions
1. Do you have a favorite episode(s)?
2. What episode did you have the most fun shooting?
Oct19isTonight390 karma2013-02-07 20:11:54 UTC
I loved Modern Warfare, Blanket Fort, Remedial Chaos Theory, My Dinner with Andre, Kiss from a Rose, Foosball, John Goodman. The list goes on and on.
aleishapaige150 karma2013-02-07 19:07:15 UTC
Do you have any interest in doing more serious projects after you're finished with Community?
Oct19isTonight361 karma2013-02-07 20:06:23 UTC
I'd like to be in Mildred Pierce II
Hjortshoj63 karma2013-02-07 19:05:04 UTC
Why do you think you have been typecast as kind of a jerk? Do you think that it may be due to your sarcastic delivery on The Soup? By the way I’m a huge fan of all your work (except for Spy Kids 4, that was kind of pathetic) if you are ever in central IL and want a free meal let me know.
Oct19isTonight157 karma2013-02-07 19:42:05 UTC
I'm always in Central IL
happygerbil40 karma2013-02-07 19:04:54 UTC
Love Community but I also love The Informant!
What is Steven Soderbergh like in real life?
Oct19isTonight79 karma2013-02-07 19:51:48 UTC
Soderbergh had wanted to, he could have had a very successful career as a actor and comedian. Brian Williams too
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