Joel McHale Promoting 'Community'

By , November 13, 2009

Is somebody worried about the ratings for NBC’s “Community”? Already carrying two shows on his back (E!’s “Soup” and the (lower) higher education comedy), plus standup comedy tours and a new baby, the usually party-shy Joel McHale has been working the press lines the last two nights.

Castmates Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi joined him for a virtual “international junket” to Africa on Wednesday night.

Puma transplanted a slice of Africa to Wilshire Boulevard with a living, breathing ”African Bazaar” marketplace in anticipation of the 12 national teams participating in 2010’s biggest sporting event – soccer’s World Cup in South Africa. (Sorry, Vancouver Winter Olympics, half of the world doesn’t ski.)

Along with McHale, Ed Norton, Jessica Stroup and James Van Der Beek stamped their passports to an unrecognizable former retail space on the Miracle Mile (created by Jeffrey Best). Guests including John Hensley and Anoop Desai designed their own gear and got to play an American version of sweat-free soccer – Foosball.

Because Norton premiered his behind-the-scenes Obama doc “By the People” during the the same week he finished the NYC marathon (running on Puma‘s team for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust), he would have been well entitled to relax in the bazaar’s lounges with a distinctly un-African refreshment – free-flowing Patron tequila. Hanging out with Chris Kattan isn’t a bad reward either.

[Source: The Wrap]

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