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Q&A with Joel McHale

The comedian talks about his health, his upcoming movie ("Ted"), and coping with a newborn's illness.


Did your son's illness encourage you to pay more attention to your own health?

No. I drink just as much as I used to. Kidding. I am not a smoker, but I didn't ever think about my health at all. I didn't think about eating more whole grains or drinking more wheat grass juice.

Is there anything you wish you had known about health when you were younger?

I used to run so much. I wish I had known how rough that could be on your knees. Now I do pushups.

What is your best health habit? Your worst?

I eat a lot of vegetables, and I do a lot of pushups. At random times, I will just drop on the floor and do some pushups. I've usually done a couple hundred by the end of the day. Mostly I do them in the trailer on the Community set or on the floor at home. My worst [health habit] is too much wine and going crazy for sweets.

Have you passed on the funny gene to your sons?

Both are hams in their own way. They definitely can tell jokes. When I make a bad joke, Eddie says, "Daddy, no more jokes for a year."

You have been married for more than 15 years. How do you and your wife keep your relationship fresh?

You have to choose your spouse every day. Tell yourself that this is the person that I love and want to be with. It has to be something that you do consciously, then it becomes subconscious.

How do you blow off steam after your 12-14 hour days? Paint ball? What do you do to relax? Do you sleep as much as you should?

Actually playing paint ball requires time, so no. I blow off steam by hanging out with friends and catching up on TV shows like Game of Thrones, Magic City and Walking Dead. Sleep -- I never get enough and I really should. I get about 5 to 6 hours a night. Sometimes it's my own fault, because there's something I want to watch and it costs me an extra hour of sleep.

You've often said that 90% of what's on TV sucks. Does that make it hard for you to stay positive about your profession? How does it feel to be part of the other 10%?

I'm always very positive because someone is paying me. Seriously, just like all art and architecture, 90% of TV is crap but the other 10% is spectacular. Even with the advent of 1,000 cable channels, the ratio stays the same. But I think the jury's out on whether I'm in the 10%. At least some people wouldn't agree. I think I am, but then I'm pretty arrogant. Plus, it would be weird for me to say "my shows suck."' I'm very fortunate to be with the shows that I'm on.

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