Joel McHale Talks Making Fun of Kardashians, New ‘Community’ Season

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Funny man Joel McHale shrugs off the flurry of headlines that hit the internet after he was quoted saying he’s not allowed to talk about the Kardashians on his E! “The Soup.” 

“That was a misquote.  I make fun of the Kardashians every week, people can tell you.  What I can’t do,” he stresses, “is say anything about their sex tape.  That is the thing I’m not really supposed to talk about or make fun of.”

If ever you’re not sure whether McHale is joking, remember, the smart money is on the side of yes, he is.

But he’s serious when he says he’s grateful that his NBC “Community” is coming back for a third season Sept. 22.  New network chieftain Robert Greenblatt “was instrumental in that, and God bless the man.  We’re so happy to be back.”  Still, the show is in one of the most hotly-contested timeslots on the fall schedule, Thursday nights oppose Simon Cowell’s new “X Factor” on Fox, the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot on ABC — plus “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “Vampire Diaries” on the CW.  McHale is also serious when he says he hopes they keep their viewership.

The DVD release of Season 2 this coming Tuesday (9/6) might help that along.  It contains such critics’ and audience favorites of the inventive, off-beat comedy as the zombie Halloween episode, the all-stop-animation Christmas episode, and the two-part “A Fistful of Paintballs” and “For a Few Paintballs More.”

According to McHale, the show is already in production on its fifth episode for the new season.  So he can assure us, “There’s gunplay, there’s fire, there’s live animals — all kinds of crazy stuff is happening” for viewers to look forward to.    

He hasn’t had any scenes with “Community’s” latest high-profile new teacher, John Goodman, so far — but he’s enough of a fan that he’s been standing by setside to watch the star of stage, screen and “Roseanne” fame at work.

“He’s great.  He’s playing the Vice Dean of the Air Conditioning Repair School,” reports McHale.  “It turns out there’s this whole other part of the school we didn’t know about that’s the only profitable part of the school.”

Also new to the zany community college at the heart of the comedy is “The Wire’s” Omar Williams.  “He’s the new biology teacher” — who has a criminal background.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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