After Jimmy Kimmel’s son’s health scare, Joel McHale was there

Joel McHale often kids about his kids, once claiming his two sons are the reason he does not own a Lamborghini because the kids are so expensive.

But McHale is serious about children’s health, his own and those of his friends.

“When you have a child who has heart issues, or health issues, at first you cannot believe you are going on this journey, and all you can think of is you would saw your arm off to have him be healthy,” says McHale, the comic actor from “The Soup” on E! and NBC’s “Community” (also the just-cancelled “The Great Indoors”) who headlines Treasure Island’s Mystere Theater at 9 p.m. Friday. “But then you realize you are not alone. There is a massive support system you knew nothing about.”

McHale understands both the travails of being a parent of a young son with a heart ailment — and serving as a supportive friend. His oldest son, Eddie, was born with two large holes in the wall of his heart, and as an infant underwent open-heart surgery.

Today, Eddie is 12.

“He is doing terrifically,” McHale says. “I’ve never seen a kid with so much energy. I think they stuffed him full of hummingbirds during that surgery.” The younger McHale son, Isaac, is 9.

This month, McHale was reminded of Eddie’s ordeal when his friend Jimmy Kimmel talked of his own son’s heart condition during his ABC late-night talk show. Jimmy and Molly Kimmel’s son Billy, born April 21, underwent emergency heart surgery to repair a defect just hours after he was delivered.

Tearfully, Kimmel talked of his son’s plight and made a plea to Congress to make health care accessible to all. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” Kimmel said during his May 1 telecast. “It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

McHale was listening. “Jimmy’s speech was spot-on, dead on, and I think it doesn’t mater if you are a Republican or Democrat, we live in a country that is so rich that we can afford health care for our kids,” he said. “From a very pragmatic, economic standpoint, a healthier nation will save money. It’s like preventative care on your car — if you care for your car, you won’t need a tow truck in the middle of nowhere because you didn’t replace a gasket.”

McHale said he and his wife, Sarah Williams, offered immediate and consistent assistance to the Kimmels.

“We started communicating with him immediately, and he must have been receiving four or five e-mails an hour from us and his other his friends about this,” McHale said. “We suggested a doctor, and he told us he had already made arrangements to see that doctor. We offered him a meal, food, because that’s one less thing you have to worry about. But he told us they’d been offered more food than could feed a small country.”

McHale said he is moved that his family, and the Kimmels, were able to access the most advanced medical care.

“When you consider how far we have come with modern medicine, we are very fortunate in that way,” he said. “When I look at what my family, and others, have been through, it’s almost unbelievable. It still brings a tear to my eye.”

Making waves at Caesars

Not so long ago the future of Cleopatra’s Barge was as murky as the water surrounding the venue’s moated stage. No detailed strategy was in place when Matt Goss departed in September after his 6 1/2-year run at the aquatic party enclave.

But Caesars Entertainment, in partnership with Seth Yudof’s UD Factory, is booking an impressive lineup of national acts at the 47-year-old Barge. CeeLo Green is the latest announced headliner, set for four shows July 21-22 and July 28-29.

Green joins such recognizable acts as Blues Traveler and Plain White T’s to play the room, and he won’t be cheap — GA tickets are $119 (minus fees). Green is to perform with a two-piece band; what the band will play isn’t known, but he is a master showman.

And, if those prices are a bit rich, the Barge remains home to top local acts Zowie Bowie and David Perrico’s Pop Strings. No cover charge for either. Fun all around. Just don’t fall in.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

Entertainment Videos
Masso Osteria first anniversary in Las Vegas
Scott Conant was in town Tuesday to host a one-year anniversary party for his Red Rock Resort restaurant Masso Osteria.
Baked Alaska a specialty at Favorite Bistro in Las Vegas
Award-winning pastry chef Claude Escamilla makes Baked Alaska with strawberry sorbet and vanilla gelato and flames it at Favorite Bistro at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Chili cooks face fierce and friendly competition at Nevada cook-off
Forty chili cooks competed in the Nevada State Chili Cookoff in Pahrump on Sunday, March 17, 2019, with the winners advancing to the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Des Moines, Iowa. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door and Banksy art in Las Vegas
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door, Banksy art in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hazel in Las Vegas serves modern takes on traditional cocktails
Hazel serves modern takes on traditional cocktails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Tonight the city lit the Welcome sign green, McMullan's Irish Pub and the Guinness store also prepare for this weekend's St. Patrick's Day festivities. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Reuben sandwich at Served in Henderson, near Las Vegas
Matthew Meyer, chef/owner of Served, makes a Reuben sandwich with house-brined corned beef, house-made sauerkraut and gooey melted cheese at his restaurant in Henderson, outside Las Vegas. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas day club season returns with big-name DJs
Rick Ross, March 23, at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay The Chainsmokers, March 30, at Encore Beach Club Marshmello, April 6, Kaos Dayclub at the Palms Chuckie, May 11, Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Calvin Harris, May 11, Wet Republic at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Pizza expert Chris Bianco makes meatballs in Las Vegas
Chris Bianco, who was the keynote speaker at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, demonstrates meatball making for expo attendees. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas pulmonologist talks about new movie dealing with cystic fibrosis
Dr. Craig Nakamura, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center of Southern Nevada, talks about the upcoming romantic drama “Five Feet Apart” where both of the lead characters suffer from cystic fibrosis. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
World Pizza Champion crowned in Las Vegas
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Italian pizzaiolo Federico De Silvestri took the top prize and more than $12,000. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Italian wins Pizza Maker of the Year at Pizza Expo
Federico De Silvestri of Verona, Italy, wins the finals in the non-traditional pizza category during the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday, March 7, 2019. De Silvestri went on to beat winners from each of the four other categories — traditional, pan, pizza Napoletana and Roman — to win Pizza Maker of the Year. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Good Pie Coming To Arts District
Local pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo says Good Pie is coming to the Arts District. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Local comedian says "It's ok to laugh, ...the comedy club is dark."
K-Von, a half-Persian comedian, talks about his style of comedy which keeps audiences entertained.
Pizza Dough Throwing Competition
Contestants participate in the World Pizza Games at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Wednesday night. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
World Pizza Games showcased in Las Vegas
The World Pizza Games, part of the International Pizza Expo, drew competitors from all over the world to Las Vegas to compete in events such as dough stretching and box folding. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Pizza competitors dazzle at international expo
The International Pizza Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center included the first rounds of the World Pizza Games. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas showcases products and trends
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, vegan and gluten-free menu choices and compostable packaging were highlighted, as well as Detroit-style and Roman-style pizza. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about a new restaurant
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about the construction of his new restaurant at Fremont Street’s Fergusons Downtown complex in downtown Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Neon Museum lights up the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas flipped the switch on its latest acquisition Monday night, the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
A Taste of Eataly Las Vegas
Executive Chef Nicole Brisson gives a tour around Eataly Las Vegas, located in the Park MGM. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas (Janna Karel/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Towering triple decker sandwich at Sadelle’s at Bellagio in Las Vegas
Jonah Resnick, executive chef of Sadelle’s, the newest restaurant at Bellagio in Las Vegas, serves a daunting concoction of roast beef layered with house-made cole slaw, turkey and more cole slaw, on rye bread. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
Paris Las Vegas Debuts New Eiffel Tower Light Show
The Paris in Las Vegas unveiled its latest Eiffel Tower light show, Wednesday evening. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video: Las Vegas Omelet House Marks 40th anniversary
Omelet House at Charleston Boulevard and Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, which opened in 1979, is a locals’ favorite, known for fluffy six-egg omelets. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves readying new beer
Ryan Reaves, a forward with the Golden Knights, has plans for a second beer, a lager, through his 7Five Brewing Co. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Bellagio Adds Lady Gaga To The Fountain Playlist
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” has been added to the rotation of classic tunes played for the dancing waters at Lake Bellagio. The song debuted at 6 p.m. Monday. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Comedian uses laughter to bring understanding about AIDS
Comedian Brandon Cox Sanford talks about how he uses his comedy sketches to bring light to his AIDS diagnosis. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas
Sasha Rincon-Camacho, regional marketing director, talks about the 20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Meow Wolf opening an 'otherworldly' art experience in Las Vegas
Meow Wolf opening "otherworldly" art experience in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
ad-high_impact_4
TOP NEWS
Home Front Page Footer Listing