(Tuesday, Oct. 16), Joel McHale shows off his more dramatic side in the
first of a two-episode arc on FX’s motorcycle-club dramaSons of

Or maybe not.

“What about ‘Sons of Anarchy’?” he
says, in between dealing with a four-year-old child who has “the
sniffles.” “It’s the comedy of motorcycle gangs.”

On the other
hand, his regular gig, NBC’s “Community” — the new season of which was
benched by the network for an unspecified period — may be in a for a
big change.

“No,” says McHale, “it’s become a drama. It’s a lot
like ‘American Horror Story’ now. It’s pretty much the same. It’s
terrifying. You see those posters for that movie, ‘Sinister,’ that’s
actually for ‘Community.'”

Obviously, one shouldn’t take everything McHale says seriously.

how he came to be on “Sons,” McHale explains, “Well, we had [series
star] Katey Sagal and [her husband, series creator] Kurt Sutter on ‘The
I was chatting with Kurt, and he just asked me outright whether I
was interested in being on the show. I was, like, ‘No, I’m not,’ and he
finally put enough money together to talk me into going.”


“No, that’s a joke. Yeah, he asked me if I would be on it, and, of course, I jumped at the opportunity. Such a good show.”

As to his role, McHale says, “I play a con man named Ryan Seacrest.”


tries again, saying, “His name is Warren, and he’s not a good man. He’s
a bad man.sons-of-anarchy-season-five.jpg He definitely does not have a heart of gold. It’s made of

He also got to do some fun things with nice people (and he means that).

was tremendous,” he says. “They do so many stunts and locations, lots
of gunfire, props, motorcycles. It’s run so incredibly efficiently, it’s
really impressive to watch. Everyone is really nice and happy to be

“The cast, as tough and bada** as they are on television,
they’re really welcoming and warm. They hang out with each other. It”s
really great.”

Most of McHale’s scenes were with Sagal, who plays
motorcycle-club matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow, and with Jimmy Smits,
who plays Gemma’s lover, pimp Nero.

“That was great,” McHale says.

As to whether he got to ride a motorcycle in the show, McHale says. “No.”

Does he ride a motorcycle? “No.”

he want to ride a motorcycle? “No, definitely not. Those things are
dangerous. They’re not good for your heath. You’ve got to be really good
at riding them. I’d be terrible.”

A father of two sons, McHale would rather be on the floor playing with his kids.

way less dangerous,” he says, “except I got head-butted by my kid the
other day. He head-butted me, and he made my mouth bleed. He goes,
‘Daddy, it’s OK, my head does not hurt.'”

Although he didn’t hop on a Harley, McHale did get to do some fun stuff.

“There’s some gunplay,” he says. “There’s some stunt driving; there’s some fighting. It all got put together; it was great.”