From primetime TV to the White House, Seattle's Joel McHale is big-time. But when he's back in town it feels just like old times.
"It's gonna get hot," McHale said while sitting down for an interview with Evening's Jim Dever. "You're not fat at all."
McHale started making fun of Dever and the rest of the Northwest back in the 90's, when he was a KING 5 intern, then a cast member on the local comedy show, Almost Live!
McHale freely admits he got award-winning "ghostwriters" to help him with "Thanks for the Money," a combination memoir and advice book.
"I can't focus for very long," said McHale. "And I can't really read, either."
His dyslexia makes reading a struggle, so recording the audio version of the book was a challenge.
"It took three f**king days," he said."Thanks for the Money" follows McHale's career from its humble beginnings.
McHale said, "On Almost Live! I was terrible in live sketches, because I was so nervous that I had to read stuff out-loud and not screw it up."
He moved on to the E! channel show, "The Soup," then NBC's "Community," where he developed an "it's complicated" relationship with cantankerous co-star Chevy Chase.
"Chevy and I never kissed," he said. "On-screen," he further elaborated. But they did get physical off-screen.
"We often would wrestle and fight each other," he said.
McHale landed some punches from the podium at the White House Correspondents Dinner. And the youngest McHale, Isaac, did some serious damage backstage.
"Oh, yeah," McHale recalls. "He threw up all over the place."
Now Joel has a new CBS sitcom called "The Great Indoors."
No matter how rich and famous Joel McHale becomes, he'll always be that kid from Seattle.