McHale to perform in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT?- If his “Community” character of a disgraced, womanizing lawyer with an acerbic tongue were a real person, Joel McHale would be a less-than-well-liked individual.

Fortunately people will get to experience his more charming – if still sarcastic – stand-up comedy.

Presented by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Bernie Oravec, McHale will make his first appearance in Williamsport with “An Evening of Comedy With Joel McHale” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the box office, followed by phone and online orders at 10 a.m.

“We’re very, very excited to announce this A-list comedy talent coming to Williamsport,” Oravec said.

Known for a quick wit and deadpan delivery, McHale is one of the busiest actors in the business. He currently stars as Jeff Winger on the hit comedy series “Community,” which is on Yahoo! for its sixth season after five seasons on NBC, and has hosted the E! network’s weekly pop culture satire “The Soup” since 2004.

Born in Italy while his father was working as the dean of students at Loyola University’s Rome Center and raised in Seattle, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington, where he also was a member of its football team. He also received a master’s degree from the university’s actor’s training program.

After small roles and guest spots on television shows like “Diagnosis: Murder,” “CSI: Miami” and “Will & Grace,” McHale landed the hosting job of “The Soup” in 2004, the role that would make him a household name.

It’s a role that employs McHale’s quick wit and sharp comedic timing to its fullest extent, which has made the show a pop culture phenomenon and led to the 2013 spinoff series “The Soup Investigates.” McHale also performs his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences.

McHale’s career has expanded beyond the small screen as well. In films, McHale most recently starred as Robin Williams’ son in “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” – one of the iconic comedian’s last films before his death in 2014 – and was seen the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced thriller “Deliver Us From Evil.”

He also appeared in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy “Blended” alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. His additional film credits include Seth MacFarlane’s comedy smash “Ted,” “What’s Your Number?,” “The Big Year,” “Spy Kids: All The Time in The World” and “The Informant.”

In addition, E! recently picked up an unscripted pop culture comedy show from McHale called “The Comment Section,” an Internet-inspired comedy that explores the biggest stories of the week and the outrageous comments made about them.

Tickets start at $37.50. For more information, visit www.caclive.com or call 570-326-2424.