We caught up with McHale this week by phone from his home in Los Angeles to talk about the new series, problematic jokes, and his alarmingly vast knife collection. Though not without some difficulty getting connected...
Joel McHale: Hello? Sorry, I have this weird thing going on with my new phone where I can't make outgoing phone calls.
Thrillist: That's convenient.
McHale: I know. It's great. It seems like the one basic function of a phone that should work.
Do kids even use a phone as a phone anymore, though?
McHale: No. They don't even phone into interviews. They just text back and forth, and Twitch at each other, or whatever kids do.
The new show is great so far.
McHale: You like the Pizza Ghost?
Love the Pizza Ghost. I liked your joke about the timing of the episode: you're watching this on Netflix, so it could be eight years from now. Is that a real problem for you with the format?
McHale: We don't know what to do. We say, "this happened last week," but who knows? We're just gonna steer into that stuff instead of trying to pretend that it's all evergreen.