Fans of E!'s "The Soup" know host Joel McHale loves to rip on Ryan Seacrest, Tyra Banks, Honey Boo Boo and her mother, June, Taylor Swift, the Kardashians and... well it's a long list. After 90 minutes of McHale's standup routine Friday night at the Carnegie Library of Homestead, now we know why.
They are just such easy targets. It was evident, soon into his well-crafted and often hilarious set, that McHale must really love hosting The Soup. Although he mentioned ratings were up from Thursday's broadcast (horray!), he didn't address his beleaguered NBC sitcom, "Community," other than a mild jab at Chevy Chase, who left the show in cranky fashion this season. (Although after McHale finished for the night, he exited to the blaring rap of "Bonfire," a song by Community co-star Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino).
He tailored his high-energy performance to include Pittsburgh references in a number of running jokes, starting with the fact that Andrew Carnegie probably never envisioned an Asian-American -- warmup act C.J. Toledano, a former "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" writer who attended Point Park University -- working the stage of this lovely, century-old music hall.
There was also the idea that nothing is too absurd to throw onto those Primanti Bros. sandwiches.
But McHale was at his best when he talked about making people angry with The Soup (Hugh Hefner and McHale's grandma, among them) and describing the joys of fatherhood. With two other jobs, it's a wonder he finds the time or energy to go on tour with his standup routine, but the capacity crowd in Munhall was clearly delighted he has.