After spending a few years appearing in everything from movies and sitcoms to cartoons and video games, Joel McHale is going back to his first love: pointing and laughing at things. His new Netflix series, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, bears more than a passing resemblance to his breakthrough E! clip-and-commentary half-hour The Soup (formerly Talk Soup), but with a lot of other stuff thrown in too.
“It is a clip show but it’s going to be more than that,” McHale told me last month, when we chatted at Sundance. “We will have an actual sound stage. There will be a green screen, but right now there’s like twenty people covering television from around the world and streaming. And we’re going to make fun of all that. And of course reality shows, and there will be, I’m sure, some sort of Indonesian game show that we will cover… But we want to cover it all because Trump has taken up so much space in media for entertainment, and news obviously, that there is still a million different things that happen every day that we can show. We’re not saying we’re shying away from Trump news, because we always cover the coverage to make it to make fun of that stuff – but we want to explode it out. So hopefully it will work!”
The streaming service is releasing a few more details about the show; McHale’s first guest will be Kevin Hart, and the first show will include special appearances by Paul Reiser, Jodie Sweetin, Mike Colter, and his old Community castmates Alison Brie and Jim Rash. Oh, and there’s a teaser too:
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale debuts on Netflix on Sunday, February 18.