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TV Junkie: A Quick Convo With 2011 Spirit Awards Host Joel McHale; Oscar Weekend

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Joel McHale will be hosting the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards (Saturday, 10pm on IFC)
We're big fans of Joel McHale and have been enjoying his stand-up, his performance as Jeff Winger on NBC's "Community" (last night's episode was excellent BTW), and his long-standing hosting gig on E!'s "The Soup" (tonight at 10pm). We've paid him a visit on set at "The Soup," talked to him at last year's PaleyFest "Community" night, and had the chance to speak to him as he prepares for tomorrow's hosting of the Film Independent Spirit Awards which will broadcast on IFC at 10pm. We covered the Spirit Awards last year when it was held at Nokia Live but this year the show returns to the Santa Monica beach, where it belongs. We'll be watching as we're convinced that McHale's hosting of the Spirit Awards will be more entertaining than the Oscars.The TV Junkie: I wanted to ask how rehearsals have been going and how the material has been coming about. Are you writing it? Are you writing it with other people? What is the process like in preparation for this weekend? Which I'm really looking forward to, by the way.

Joel McHale: Oh, right on, well, hopefully, you won't be disappointed, but don't be surprised if you are [Laughs]. Let's see, I have hired friends of mine who are writers. One of them is a "Soup" writer, the other are two former "Soup" writers. And then the other is a writer that I have worked with for many years who right now is actually writing for NBC.

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So we've had a few meetings and we pitched jokes back and forth. We actually had a meeting. We got together yesterday and I read what we had. The good problem is that we have to cut more than... - you always want to have more material than be stretching for it. We also shot a sketch yesterday and I don't want to reveal too much about that. There's no rehearsals until... there's a rehearsal Thursday and a rehearsal Friday. So we can't actually get into the venue - the tent is not even set up or it's now just set up. So you can't really see what the room is like until Thursday. And then, of course, when we have the real rehearsal with the lights and all that stuff.

Other than watching all the movies and trying to find good jokes and original jokes off that, that's kind of the process. So we'll see how it all goes.

The TV Junkie: Thanks for the insight, because we're unaware whether now you have a chance to stand up at a podium and repitch the jokes back to everybody and see what makes it or not.

Joel McHale: Yes, that will be very - yes, you'll know really quick. Yes, even in rehearsal, it's great because you can find out what sucks.