Joel Spence

Joel has been performing improvisational and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He’s a member of the house team Sentimental Lady, as well as the improvised movie team Deep Focus, and Soundtrack. He’s also appeared in ASSSSCAT, America’s Best Comic, Dirtiest Sketch Contest, Cleanest Sketch (winner!), Gallery Of Evil, Fucked Up and Illegal Videos, and Freak Dance at UCBTLA. He studied improv under Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Seth Morris and many others.

Joel grew up in San Antonio, TX and went to S.M.U. in Dallas where he received a B.F.A. in Acting. After graduating he moved to Minnesota and co-founded The Hidden Theatre. In 1995 he joined Theatre de la Jeune Lune and by 2000 had performed in over 20 productions there. From 2000-01, Joel studied at l’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London, England and wrote/ co-starred in One Night Only, a comedy that had a successful and critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival.

Joel has a recurring role as Detective Hodges in The Good Guys on Fox. He has also appeared on T.V. shows such as Big Love, Dirt, Reno 911, My Name Is Earl, Judging Amy, Andy Barker PI, Burn Notice, Rita Rocks, and The District. He appeared in such features as Freak Dance, Killing the Dream (Best Film – 2004 Temecula Film Festival) and Alleyball (Best Feature – SoCal Film Festival 2006).

Guest Appearances

Bonus Cut: Perpetually High

improv4humans #133.5May 13, 2014

Colton Dunn, Mookie Blaiklock, and Joel Spence haunt Matt Besser as a couple of high ghosts on this week's bonus episode of improv4humans! Make sure to get the UCB Comedy Improv Manual, Matt Besser's new comedy album at mattbesser.com, and Dragoon's new album at dragoongalaxy.bandcamp.com!

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King of the Dipshits

improv4humans #133May 8, 2014

Colton Dunn, Mookie Blaiklock, and Joel Spence join Matt Besser for a cumpletely hilarious episode of improv4humans.  Tune in to hear these four humans talk about the nature of outsourcing art, why you should never dye your hair platinum blonde, and the…

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Satan's Face

improv4humans #102October 10, 2013

Ron Funches, Mookie Blaiklock, Ben Siemon, and Joel Spence share what in The National Enquirer frightens them the most on today’s improv4humans! Read your copy of the Juggalo Times some other time and instead pour yourself a nice glass of milk as…

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Best of improv4humans Vol. 3

improv4humans #100September 26, 2013

Join us in celebration of the 100th episode of the greatest podcast in the universe with some of your favorite improv4humans scenes featuring Seth Morris, Mookie Blaiklock, Will McLaughlin, Zack Pearlman, Adam Pally, John Gemberling, Mike Still, Joel Spence, Stephanie Allynne, Ben…

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Bonus Cut: Special Issues

improv4humans #81.5May 21, 2013

Joel Spence, Stephanie Allynne, Ben Siemon return to share their special issues from detention on today’s bonus episode of improv4humans! Enjoy! Attention humans, pick up Matt Besser’s new comedy album “Woo Pig Sooie: Comedy for Atheists” at mattbesser.com and Dragoon’s new album…

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Finger Fuckers

improv4humans #81May 16, 2013

Humans Joel Spence, Stephanie Allynne, and Ben Siemon join Matt for a spectacular improv session filled with second date tips, baby delivering methods, and cub scout know-it-alls. Plus, The Ethicist’s Randy Cohen talks to Matt about what is considered bullying in a…

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Holiday Sex Rules

improv4humans #60December 27, 2012

Seth Morris, Brian Huskey, and Joel Spence join Matt Besser to give you all the gift of improv this holiday season! Listen as they discuss the worst Christmas gifts they’ve received and for some improvised scenes on everything from straight edge punk…

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Bonus Cut: Small Boxes

improv4humans #59.5December 25, 2012

Don't cry, humans! We got you a Christmas present... a bonus cut with Seth Morris, Brian Huskey, and Joel Spence! Speaking of presents, we're talking about gift disappointment today. Unwrap it, and try to enjoy!

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