Joel McHale at the “The Way, Way Back” Premiere

Posted on June 28, 2013

He’s lucky he’s cute.


Joel McHale attends the premiere of “The Way, Way Back’ in New York City.

It’s not allowing him to get away with this, but it’s making it harder for us to yell at him in a scary manner.

Look, it’s clear that this wasn’t a very formal premiere-type situation. We maintain that stars should try to look like stars when they make public appearances but it’s a losing battle, we know. A battle we will never concede, but ultimately one that we’re not likely to win. We actually could have handled this outfit, because it’s a nice polo shirt and pair of white jeans and they fit him well and it’s summertime. But what the hell, Joel. The boots? Seriously? Did you wade through a cranberry bog to get here? Were you afraid your outfit was a little too summertime-cute and you had to do something deliberate to fuck it up lest your masculinity be questioned or you be accused of selling out somehow? Explain to us. We want to understand.

If it’s any consolation, we love your arms, so there’s that.


Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/]

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  • MilaXX

    Joel you disappoint. That’s not even a casual RC look. That’s a hanging out at the suburban mall look. Even more annoying is Joel is thin enough & tall enough that the slim cut suits that are so popular now would probably fit him really well.

    • lobsterlen

      Joel does wear those suits on The Soup.

      • MilaXX

        I know, which is why I am so disappointed with this RC look

  • I. Am. Bereft.

  • TheAmericaness

    You guys! He’s just from the good ‘ol PNW! He IS dressed up. You’re lucky he didn’t show up sportin’ a scruffy beard and riding a bike while hugging a tree. ALMOST LIVE! WORD!

    • rainwood1

      No wonder I thought he looked great! You’re right, he is dressed up. At least he doesn’t look like he’s from Kent. God, i miss that show.

      • TheAmericaness


        I miss that show too! Kent – *shiver* – how about Renton? No.. Kent is worse. πŸ˜€

        • Amy

          I lived in Kent, then we moved to Puyallup…I’m not sure it was an upgrade.

          Anyway, I was always a fan of McHale’s appearances as William Wallace. “They may take our Aplets & Cotlets, but they may never take OUR FREEDOOOOOM!”

          • TheAmericaness


    • largishbearishAtlish

      maybe his target shaped motor cycle helmet is outside (sorry, wrong pic….(go look…it will make sense in a minute) πŸ™‚

  • TAGinMO

    The outfit is bad, yes, but I’m more disturbed by how uncharacteristically un-cute his face looks in this shot. Seems like a combination of bad camera angle and ill-advised hairstyle. Shame.

    Those arms, though…swoon.

  • Le_Sigh

    Ohhhh Joel – you are so damn cute, why are you dressing like you just dropped your kids off at the mall and are on your way to the hardware store?

  • Feathers McGraw

    that btw looks a lot like a MIchael Bastian Uniqlo Poloshirt, the kind you mentioned recently. I also have one, but probably wouldn’t wear it for that occasion.

  • Diego!

    I disagree. He looks comfortable and to me he looks great. Very casual, I like this “ensemble” a lot. Specially the boots! πŸ˜€

  • lobsterlen

    You know my very cute son does the same damn thing with the stupid boots. What it makes it more annoying is my son does care and is careful to wear appropriate clothes for the occasion. Then he will put those army boots on. Those hot heavy boots. Maybe I should throw them out and blame the dog.

    • demidaemon

      I say, “Go for it.” But make sure they are damaged beyond use and look like the dog did it. Just in case he does find them.

    • formerlyAnon

      Proceed with caution. With what will he replace those boots in the rotation?

  • ailujailuj

    if you “control the scroll”… all you see is brilliantly funny. cute. show-stopping guns. tall. sexy shadow. alluringly self-depracating smirky grin… and I insist there are rock solid pecs under that nicely fitting polo – just waiting to be hammered with my tiny little fists.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I saw him do stand-up in NYC. I was in the front row and his thighs were at eye level and 1 foot away. Trust me, everything he has going on is very much going on. He’s uber sexy in person.

  • alyce1213

    He’s not IN the movie, right? So he looks like a cute, well-dressed guy going to the movies to cool off on a hot day. In boots.
    It’s okay with me.

    • RedRaven617

      My feet are always cold at the movies. Maybe he wanted to keep them warm?

      • alyce1213

        Sure, why not? Air conditioning, cold air sinks.

  • iheartbuffy

    My hubby manages a construction site. I’m positive I’ve seen dudes under his reign wearing those same boots… maybe not with red laces. FOR SHAME!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Neck beard. Ugh.

  • marlie

    I think he looks like a tool.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Worst. Plugs. In. Show Business. Doll head, even. And put a damn suit on. That it’s a “Summer Comedy” doesn’t give you an excuse to dress like this. You ARE standing on a Red Carpet (an admittedly shoddy and hastily put together carpet from the looks of it, but a Red Carpet, nonetheless) not out on a Sunday morning coffee-and-bagel run.

    • filmcricket

      Worse than Piven’s, really? I dunno, photo-finish, maybe.

      What’s bizarre is that, at the same event, Steve Carell looks like a foxy banker, and McHale looks like a suburban dad. It’s like they switched images or something.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I saw this and before scrolling down thought “he’s going to have on fucking flip flops on the red carpet”….you can imagine my horror upon seeing the boots. You know it’s bad when flip flops are a better alternative.

    • marlie

      It would have still been too casual, but a pair of nice man-sandals or *something* would have worked much better with this look. For Sunday brunch.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        agreed, this is DEF a ‘brunch look’ and not a RC look. someone offer him a bloody mary…or a waiters apron?

  • ppyajunebug

    Jeff Winger would be SEVERELY disappointed in this outfit.

    • filmcricket

      And now all I want in life is a cross-over episode where Barney Stinson and Jeff Winger critique the clothes of the men around them.

      • ppyajunebug


  • Jen

    Wait. He and Steve Carell were at the same event? Sigh.

    • charlotte

      And Allison Janney!

  • kim bunchalastnames

    bless his pointed little ears.

  • Sushy Gooroo

    his “being cute” is debatable. there is no excuse for this. absolutely none.

  • formerlyAnon

    He IS cute, the boots DO ruin it, and the perma-scruff contributes to the downfall.

    Even standing in the still shots though, he looks like he moves well. (And by “well” I mean instant drift-off-into-daydreams-well.) That is powerful stuff, there.

  • jmorino08

    He looks hungover!

    • iheartbuffy

      you nailed it

  • julnyes

    Having seen how well he dresses on The Soup, I can’t accept this sad ensemble at a movie premiere.

    • LuluinLaLa

      I went to a taping of The Soup, and he wore a nice jacket and shirt up top, and crappy pants and sneaks below – the camera never shows him below the waist.

      • julnyes

        That saddens me.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Where can I find that polo? It’ll make a great gift for my brother.

  • siriuslover

    He deserves to be yelled at in a scary manner. What an idiot.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Wait, isn’t this the same event that Steve Carell showed up at looking so fine??? Shape up Joel. (And I’m not talking about your arms.)

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    I’d still hit it six ways from Sunday.

  • Shawn EH

    Sandals or deck shoes … how hard was that? C’mon, Joel!

  • Mrs. Julien

    He’s not that cute.

  • JP

    Even if he wore Converse, this wouldn’t have been a bad look. But those boots? OMG. Between him and Channing Tatum I’m wondering if I should be worrying about men’s footwear trends.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Is it weird that I think he should be using eyeliner or mascara? Nothing noticeable, but his eyes are sinking into his head. It’s like when my blond friend Pam goes without makeup – I can’t see her face.

  • kittenwithaquip

    He’s not THAT cute. *ducks to avoid tomatoes thrown by the fangirls*

  • dschubba

    I love him, but he looks like he’s wearing a plastic Christopher Walken wig.

  • j_anson

    Oh god, this and the Channing Tatum thing. Is guys shoving their pants into droopy boot-tops a thing? It’s not sexy. It does not make me think, damn, that guy is hot, I should watch more of his shows.

  • amber.

    Hmmm. Send this outfit to Patrick J. Adams?

  • Angela Cotsones Shea

    Good lord…is he sick or something? What is that medication for eye lashes? He needs some.

  • mdcoon127

    he looks slightly ill, his coloring is not good…

  • Sara Padilla

    My little cousin, right after his first chemotherapy, but before his hair fell out.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    never noticed how over sized his head was…until now.

  • for some reason i’m getting gilligan’s island here…

  • unpious

    ::scrolldown:: Ohhhh, not that cute.

  • Contralto

    He looks as though he’s dressed for a trip to the hardware store.

  • demidaemon

    I think this is kind of sad, considering he wears immaculately tailored suits and blazers EVERY WEEK on his own show. I am not pleased, Joel. Go home and try again.

  • Puckndc

    What idiot started the untied boots trend now…it’s like someone sits home and thinks: ” How can I look male stars look ridiculous?” I wonder if someone wore their underwear on their head that the rest of the lemmings would follow suit?

  • Frankly, I’m just relieved his pants aren’t breathlessly tight. He’s usually a much better dresser than this, though (crotch-stranglingly tight pants excepted).

  • Pi

    He always looks best when he is just in his underwear, for any reason the writers of Community come up with. I buy each and every scenario that requires him to be stripped to the skivvies.

  • kaycem

    that haircut makes him look like he’s dying.

  • drdarke

    Joel? Shave.

    And while I’m not inalterably opposed to looking casual for not-that-formal events (like red carpets for low-budget comedies), that’s too casual. A nice pair of sneakers or casual shoes would work – and shave, dammit! Shave!

  • JeWawa

    I hate polo shorts on anyone over ten who are not playing polo.

    • drdarke

      I wear them all the time, @ec2d61b593800089f4c99e906c990817:disqus – they’re comfortable and better than t-shirts, but not as formal as button-down shirts tend to be.

      That’s why they’re such a popular choice for casual business wear.

  • Cathy S

    I was with him until I got to his feet. What the hell are those? With white pants?

  • Lucas

    How can people wear their boots half-laced like that? Anytime I’ve tried it in the past they always felt like they were slipping off and it was very uncomfortable.