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Joel McHale
Joel McHale

Star of “Community” and “The Soup,” Joel McHale also recently appeared on the finale of “The X-Files.” He’s also starring in the CBS pilot “The Great Indoors.” We bring you the hilarious Joel McHale.

If you could perform with anyone in the world of comedy living or dead, who would it be and why?

“Vladimir Putin because he’s hilarious. He takes his shirt off. He’s amazing at hockey. He poisons people with plutonium. It’s amazing.

“I’ll say this – got to perform with Eric Idle from Monty Python, and I could not believe it was happening. I just thought ‘What happened in my life that I get to perform with this person that helped shape my comedy world?’

“But of all time? I don’t know. Geez. Either Pauly Shore or Shakespeare, I guess.”

If you had to choose a completely different career, what would you do and why?

“Court stenographer. No, I would be … and this sounds so stupid. I would be a fighter pilot.”

Why?

“I know it sounds stupid because it sounds like I’m a 10-year-old. No, that’s fine with me. It’s not stupid. It’s the coolest thing. I got to go for a ride in an F-16, and I thought to myself, ‘This would be quite fun to do every day.’ I mean, the sacrifices those guys have to make are crazy, but I sure was thinking … it was like Will Smith when he was flying that spaceship in the first Independence Day and just said, ‘I gotta get me one of these.’”

What’s one of the most fun jobs you’ve ever had? Doesn’t have to be acting or comedy. Can be anything.

“Well, I avoided regular jobs so I could do acting and comedy. So it is acting and comedy. That’s the job I wanted to do. I mean, I don’t know. Water slide tester? That seems fun. No. I’m doing the thing that I love.”

Read more of Wojo’s interview with Joel McHale at Parade.com.

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