And if that weren’t enough, Joel also tours the country as a stand up comic! With his biggest date yet happening this November 5th when he headlines the 2010 New York Comedy Festival (performing at no less than Carnegie Hall!).
Joel is such a hard working comic that scientists speculate that comedy is to McHale as swimming is to sharks: if Joel stops making people laugh, he will literally stop breathing.
That’s why we were not surprised – though thoroughly elated – to see Joel, the Great White Shark of comedy, appearing in the opening number of the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards! Joel starred in an amazing “Glee”-style version of Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” The jaw-dropping performance – called one of the best openers in Emmy history – featured Joel alongside Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, the cast of Glee, John Hamm, and, for some reason, Kate Gosselin. (Given “Kate Plus 8”’s rep on ‘The Soup,’ one would expect putting Gosselin and McHale on the same soundstage would be like putting a hamster in a snake’s cage. And if you balk at the comparison of Kate Gosselin at a hamster, remember, she did give birth to a litter of 6 and her kids’ father is definitely a rodent.)