Joel McHale got a big start to his career hosting “The Soup” on E! back in 2006. But he’s had a slew of other acting credits throughout the course of his career. He’s made guest appearances on shows like “Robot Chicken,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” and “Black-ish.” And, of course, who could forget his starring role in the hilarious comedic sitcom “Community” with Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, and more? He even had a short-lived return to the hosting world with his own Netflix program “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” in 2018, but it was canceled after one season.
Although McHale is best known for his comedic roles, he actually has more range as an actor than most people realize. He’s had walk-on roles in more dramatic shows like “The X-Files,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “CSI: Miami,” and most recently “Stargirl” on The CW. But one of his most serious guest appearances happened on the popular biker drama “Sons of Anarchy,” notorious for lots of on-screen violence and murder.
McHale plays Warren, a smooth-talking con artist
“Sons of Anarchy” centers on a motorcycle club of the same name, and its violent members who deal drugs, steal from their enemies, run a brothel, and engage in lots and lots of murder. It was a compelling drama that kept people hooked for 7 seasons — and probably sold a lot of motorcycles in the process. Joel McHale played a minor character in two episodes of Season 5: “Small World” (Episode 6) and “Toad’s Wild Ride” (Episode 7).
During his short story arc, McHale played Warren, a smooth-talking con artist who sleeps with older women and then steals their valuables and cars after the sex is over. But Warren crosses the wrong woman when he seduces Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), stealing her wallet and her car. Jax and his motorcycle cronies track her car down to a chop-shop, where they find Warren selling it for parts. When they chase him down, they smack him around a little bit and turn out his pockets, robbing him of $3,000 cash. Later on in McHale’s second appearance, they find him trying to seduce yet another older woman and beat the crap out of him. Apparently, Warren learned his lesson from that beat-down, because he never appears in the show again.