Goodness, I remember him from The Soup and before him, Greg Kinear.
Greg Kinear was before my time, but I used to watch The Soup religiously until probably my junior/senior year of high school, when I just stopped watching tv almost entirely. 14 year old me would be so jealous of me right now.
I went and saw Joel McHale!
There were free tickets as part of our campus events group and since I actually wasn’t working this evening, I went. Also, managed to go by myself because I want to get more comfortable with doing things alone. He is not as hot in real life, but he was hilarious.His show was like 40% references to shows that were airing back when I watched The Soup. It was nostalgic. He also told weird stories about his family and I love weird family stories, especially little kid ones.
The opening act was bad though…
A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity.
( Doctor Nerdlove, "When Masculinity Fails Men" (via aldoushuxley) )