Went to the University of Washington as an undergrad from 1991-1995. Got his bachelor's degree in history and was a tight end for the Husky football team.
His father's profession moved the family around several times. Joel was born in Rome before his family moved to Washington State, then they lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey for 2 years before moving back to a Seattle suburb.
Listed his five favorite films as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Blade Runner (1982), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Children of Men (2006) and Ikiru (1952).
His wife gave birth to their first son, Edward Roy McHale, in 2005. They call him Eddie.
Joel is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity from the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of Washington.