The Soup — the celebrity-skewering E! show that taught millions of Twitter users how to land the snark shot — comes to an end after 22 years. For the last dozen of those, The Soup has had a huge advantage over your average would-be comic shouters on Twitter, who struggle to funnel their outrage into just 140 characters. The Soup needed only one character: the uniquely charming, perfectly passive-aggressive, deviously deliberate Joel McHale, who could say anything, it seemed, because of his joy in saying it. No one did “I’m just the messenger ” better than Joel McHale.
Probably even better known these days as one of the stars of Community, McHale simply commands the screen — he’s got that rare kinetic energy you can sense even when he’s still. The stand-and-deliver routine he gives on The Soup is maybe the best example of this skill on television. Catch it one last time on Friday night at 10pm on E!.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) December 16, 2015