You know who’s really thriving in this current climate? Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom. I mean, the bloke’s probably smoking a cigar consisting of rolled up twenty dollar bills, and extinguishing them in an ashtray made of fifty dollar bills.
And the best part? He essentially stole Skype’s idea.
I, however, would like to have a few stern words with Eric. When I caught up with Joel McHale on Zoom, I firstly couldn’t record the chat, so that was pretty awkward.
But not as awkward as when I – in an attempt to record the video – had to leave the call, only to realise I’d kicked Joel out, and impatiently waited for him to return. (Yes, I did DM him begging him to rejoin me. No, he still hasn’t read it yet.)
Eventually, it worked, and I managed to catch up with Joel (after I’d deleted any risqué virtual backgrounds I use with my friends, fearing I may use one on the Community comedian.)
Joel has been somewhat of my saviour during lockdown – with Community returning to Netflix, his stand-up show, Live from Pyongyang appearing on Amazon Prime, Becky on digital download and, most importantly, his appearance on Tiger King’s reunion show.
As the voice of authority on Netflix’s Tiger King – and, well, the hairstyle-that’s-not-a-mullet of authority; and the full-set-of-dentures of authority, and the shirt-with-sleeves of authority – I asked Joel who he’d like to see star alongside Nicholas Cage in the biopic.
“I think Danny McBride would be a good Doc Antle,” said Joe, who hosted The Tiger King and I. “I think Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry, Community) would be a good Carole Baskin. Keanu Reeves would be a good Saff”.
I’d like to think Joel and I came up with that casting together, and, sure – while it does look like Joel put in most of the groundwork – I did urge Joel to answer the question, so would he have really came up with that roster without me? Nope. Therefore, I feel he and I should each get equal profits from the upcoming Tiger King movie.
Joel, on the other hand, has different ideas. As if he’s still not getting shit-tonnes of Community money. I, on the other hand, had the same Pot Noodle for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday.
The The Soup host also spoke about his recent thriller, Becky, where he stars opposite Kevin James as a Nazi. I know – I had to re-read that sentence too, just in case.
Viewers of the movie will know that Becky sees Dominick (Kevin James) torturing a family in search for a key, which, even after the movie, I still don’t know what it opened, so I probed Joel for the answer.
“I do know what the key opens,” admitted Joel. “It opens up a box that contains numerous keys.” But he was quick to joke that he had no idea what those keys opened.
I suppose that’s what you get for trying to get serious, journalistic gold from a bloke who played pool naked opposite Blake Clark, the voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3.