Joel McHale Talks the Time He Punched Chevy Chase on the Set of ‘Community’

"I separated his shoulder,” the TV actor tells Howard during his Stern Show interview

Photo: The Howard Stern Show

It seems NBC's "Community" is a smash hit in more ways than one. The sitcom's star Joel McHale dropped by the Stern Show this morning and told Howard how he once punched his co-star Chevy Chase while shooting a scene for the show.

While he was sure to say they usually get along just fine, Joel admitted there are times when acting alongside Chevy can be challenging. "[Sometimes] he'd just want to fight me. Like, physically fight me," Joel told Howard, adding that the "SNL" vet supposedly thought of himself as more of a "movie guy" than a television star.

"I wanted to be like, 'America loves you , dude. You've won," Joel continued.

On one episode, Chevy's character has to train Joel's to be a boxer. Chevy, with pads on his hands, kept needling Joel to hit him harder and not "like a pussy." McHale held back for as long as he could before popping Chase with a hard left. "I separated his shoulder," Joel said with a laugh.

Considering the long hours the cast works day in and day out, Joel said it makes sense why Chevy or any of his other co-stars would get a bit hostile from time to time.