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).
Joel Spence and Alex Fernie join Matt Besser for scenes about a town that embraces its Ozzy Osbourne connection, feeling sad for someone who hasn’t lost any parents, and a sports mascot with a radical streak. Plus, they’ll try to keep from…Listen
Will Hines, Joel Spence, and Brett Morris join Matt Besser to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album! They’ll pick apart their favorite tracks from the 2018 remaster, inspiring scenes about introducing a friend with a confusing amount of names,…Listen
Welcome to Matt Besser’s Thunderdome, a brand new competitive improv podcast. Each team of six improvisers will do their best improv set using the storied Movie format. Two teams enter...but only one team can take the glory. You can determine who moves…Listen
Michael Dean Damron returns to improv4humans along with fellow musician Mishka Shubaly and improvisers Joel Spence, Lou Wilson, and Matt Besser! Michael and Mishka perform songs that inspire scenes about Jesus’s most annoying fan, a couple so polite they ruined their sex…Listen
Colton Dunn, Allan McLeod, and Joel Spence join Matt Besser for a special Movie Form double feature edition of improv4humans! First is “Fashiontown,” the story of a young haberdasher with dreams of making it big and an executive in need of killer…Listen
Joel Spence, Colton Dunn, and Johnny Meeks join Matt Besser for this week's episode of improv4humans. They perform scenes about a ragtag group of retail freedom fighters, children's books that teach harsh life lessons, and a town up in arms about progressive…Listen
Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our earmovie binge-a-thon with our third earmovie - Terrible Parents from screenwriter…Listen
Welcome to the final installment of Terrible Parents on The Black List Table Reads! Last week, all seemed lost for our titular couple, as Lindsay thwarted their attempt at blackmail, and Howie was nearly seduced by an Oscar-winning thespian. Can they hang…Listen
Terrible Parents by Kevin Oeser continues this week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. When we last left things, Stefanie and Lindsay were beating the the ever living hell out of each other on a cooperative ropes course and…Listen
Welcome back to Black List Table Reads, as we continue with Terrible Parents. Last week, Howie and Stefanie finally won admission for their son Oliver to the ultra-exclusive private school Trailblazers. The only problem is Lindsay, a fellow Trailblazers parent and Stefanie's…Listen
Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. This week we return to comedy with Terrible Parents from screenwriter Kevin Oeser. One Black List reader said of the script, “The dialogue is sharp and intelligent. The characters rapports…Listen
Andy Daly, Pamela Murphy, and Joel Spence teach us about manners and the proper way to introduce yourself on this week's improv4humans with Matt Besser! You’ll also hear as they participate in Bring Your Dad In Day, confront a grandfather who loves…Listen
The great Joey Cape of the seminal punk rock band Lagwagon joins Seth Morris, Joel Spence, and Eugene Cordero for a musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Accompanied by his experimental band (Chris Cresswell on guitar/vocals, Brian Wahlstrom on piano, and…Listen
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!Listen
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…Listen
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…Listen
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…Listen
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…Listen
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…Listen
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…Listen