The Soup Celebrates 500 Episodes – Our Top 5 'Side Dishes,' Including Mankini and Lou the Dog

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The Soup 500th EpisodeE!’s long-running comedy The Soup celebrates a mega-milestone Wednesday, when its 500th (and 501st!) pop culture-skewering episode airs live for the very first time.

Frontman Joel McHale is the backbone of the satirical series — and a major reason to tune in each week — but there’s also a little Soup family that’s formed over the past nine years, one as dynamic as any other TV clan. Be it dancing maxi-pads, “Little Gays” or men in bikinis, the Soup‘s “side dishes” are just as crave-worthy as the main course.

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In honor of The Soup‘s landmark installment (airing at 10 pm on both coasts), we’re revealing our five favorite family members. Preview our picks below, then hit the comments section with your own.



Comments (12)

  • How is Spaghetti Cat not on this list?

    Comment by mandi – August 21, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whatever happened to OPRAH GIRLFRIEND!

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – August 21, 2013 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spaghetti Cat!!

    Comment by V – August 21, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those characters on The Soup are great.

    Comment by Joey – August 21, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Talk Soup with Greg Kinnear was the best. Señor Sock, anyone?

    Comment by Heather – August 21, 2013 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, great list. I think I read somewhere once that the guy who plays Mankini is a longtime close friend of Joel’s-I think that’s rather cool. Having your good friend around-that’s got to make work that much more fun.
    Also neat to hear that about Matt dating someone from this site! Who knew? Glad to hear they’re going strong and are happy together.
    And who doesn’t love Lou? Such a cutie.
    (Also, all this talk about side dishes and main courses in relation to Joel…um, I’ll just take my happy thoughts and go now ;).)

    Comment by Angela – August 21, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CHICKEN TETRAZINNI!!!

    Comment by phredd! – August 21, 2013 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know she’s from Maury, but Joel introduced me to her!

      Comment by phredd! – August 21, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • love this show & love Joel

    Comment by ninalouise – August 21, 2013 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I do love that they recreated Spaghetti Cat and used to bring him out and have him stare at Joel. I miss that pasta-loving furball.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – August 22, 2013 01:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kiss my ass! -RIP Whitney

    Comment by Dwilson – August 22, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dunka doo balls

    Comment by Dwilson – August 22, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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