"We just had our offer on a house accepted, and my wife wants to do some remodeling," he says. "So maybe this should be called the Remodeling Tour."
What can we expect? "Hopefully you'll get live monkeys, pyrotechnics, and 6,000 gallons of water on stage," he promises.
Really? "No," he admits. "I talk a lot about pop culture in very broad strokes. And my personal life and my family. If Community wasn't picked up, I was going to do a whole new tour."
Ah, Community. Yahoo signed the show in June, a day before the sets were to be dismantled. It was the latest stay of execution for TV's most arch, avant-garde, underappreciated sitcom.
Community has been on the verge of cancellation almost since it began because of slight ratings.
"There needs to be a big fat asterisk" next to those low numbers, McHale says. "We were time slot-challenged. Our direct competition was The Big Bang Theory."
You expect comics playing Atlantic City to take a few shots at the Garden State. McHale feels he's entitled.
"I lived in Haddonfield for two years as a kid. First and second grade," he says. "When I make fun of Jersey to your faces, you can't beat me up. I'm technically one of your own."
You probably can't beat him up anyway. McHale, a former college football player, warns that he's bigger in person than he appears on the screen.
"You should watch Deliver Us From Evil," he suggests. "I weighed 220 pounds when we were shooting that movie. And I actually lost weight for that part."
And that was before he had a couple of weeks of unaccustomed leisure. He must really have ballooned up now.
Joel McHale performs at 7 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Music Box at the Borgata. Tickets: $55-$65. Information: 609-317-1000; www.theborgata.com.