The ''Community'' star and ''The Soup'' host reveals his home-entertainment life and loves

By Dan Snierson
Updated November 05, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT
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What does the term home entertainment mean to you?

Buying very expensive pieces of electronics, installing them — I can’t install them, I have no idea — and then having a 20 to 30 percent understanding of what the machine can actually do. And then the part that I do understand is usually stuffed with yogurt, orange juice, or some other food that would get into it, thus breaking it, bringing me down to just sitting with a plastic bucket turned over and pounding on it.

Your house is on fire. After you evacuate the wife and kids—

Well, let’s not jump to conclusions…

What piece of home-entertainment gear would you save?

I have an Apple, a desktop. It’s huge and it’s silver. I would pick that up and throw it in my car. After that, the laptops. After that, the abacus. After that, that stick thing that’s connected to the string that has a ball at the end that you flip up.

Which videogames are ruining your life these days?

Right now it’s Assassin’s Creed. And I’m very excited for Call of Duty: Black Ops to come out. Here’s the thing, though: I have no time to play these things. I have two children. So I receive the games and much like a fine bottle of wine, I say, ”Well, this is too good to drink, I’ll never touch it.” And so they sit, collect dust, and age.

Tell us how Joel McHale sees the future of home entertainment.

It would be great if it got to the point where there were holodecks because then I could live out Grand Theft Auto in real life. But on a serious note, I think TV will be pay-as-you-watch. Do you want to watch Charlie Sheen again? It’s two bucks. Because he’s got to pay for that other porn star who has barricaded herself in the bathroom…. Xbox games are going to be even more awesome. Halo is going to be unbelievable. I will probably dress as Master Chief and just walk around the house in full armor.

With the rise of all these portable devices, there are so many ways to watch Community now. How should people experience the show?

I truly am happy that people are actually watching it in general, but I would like them to watch it the way we tape it. It takes about 80 hours an episode…. I watch pretty much everything on DVR, but what there needs to be is a system that is able to put all those things [Hulu, iTunes, DVR, etc.] together and come up with a number and then, I believe — and I may be wrong — that Community‘s ratings will be five times bigger than American Idol’s. It’s going to be like the moon landing every week.

What is the strangest method of watching Community that you’ve heard about?

I think the weirdest way is high on mushrooms. Or in a double Snuggie.

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