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

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 are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. mandi says:

    How is Spaghetti Cat not on this list?

  2. Whatever happened to OPRAH GIRLFRIEND!

  3. V says:

    Spaghetti Cat!!

  4. Joey says:

    Those characters on The Soup are great.

  5. Heather says:

    Talk Soup with Greg Kinnear was the best. Señor Sock, anyone?

  6. Angela says:

    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 ;).)

  7. phredd! says:


  8. ninalouise says:

    love this show & love Joel

  9. Britta Unfiltered says:

    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.

  10. Dwilson says:

    Kiss my ass! -RIP Whitney

  11. Dwilson says:

    Dunka doo balls