Joel is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity from the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of Washington.
His wife gave birth to their second child, Isaac McHale, on March 12, 2008.
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.
His son, Eddie, underwent open heart surgery when 2 months old. He made a full recovery.
Was a history major and went on to complete the master's program in acting at the University of Washington.