According to the bio on his website: "Joel started out life as a stand-up comic. Having done the whole circuit of clubs and colleges in the eighties, Joel found as much fun writing jokes for others as performing them himself. One of those comics happened to be Rosanne Barr and she hired Joel to be a writer on her hit sit-com. From there Joel has gone own to create his own shows as well as do rewrite work and “Set Punch-Up” on Judd Apatow projects just to name one. He has had the good fortune to work on films, television, and animation, in both comedy and drama genres."