Gad has previously appeared on Broadway as Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other theatrical work includes All in the Timing, The Skin of Our Teeth and A One Man Show With Other People.
Screen credits include "21," "The Rocker," "Love and Other Drugs," "Back to You," "Californication," "Bored to Death," "Numb3rs" and "Party Down." Gad is also a correspondent on "The Daily Show With John Stewart."
|Full given name:||Joshua Ilan Gad|
|What your parents do for a living:||Mother is a realtor, stepdad is an investment advisor.|
|Current audition song/monologue:|| Song: "Happy Birthday to You"
Monologue: Agnes from "Agnes of God"
|Special skills:||Good impersonator|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Organization|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:|| Fiddler on the Roof
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Zero Mostel|
|Current show you have been recommending to friends:||Angels in America - such a simple yet gorgeous production.|
|Favorite showtunes of all time:|| "Breeze Off the River"
"I Am What I Am"
|Some favorite musicals:|| Forum
And, of course, Dames at Sea
|Stage or screen star, past or present, you would most love to perform with:||Zero Mostel or Lea Michele|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||The Sam Mendes revival of Cabaret. It blew my mind.|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Enya and the soundtrack to "Up"|
|MAC or PC?||Is that a joke? MAC all the way|
|Most played song on your iPod:||"Take on Me" by Ah-ha|
|Favorite Tweeters:||Sarah Silverman and John Hodgman|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||Lady Gaga. Anyone who hatches out of eggs has my attention.|
|Favorite Kardashian:||The one who was the enemy alien on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"|
|Last book you read:||"American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" by Jon Meacham|
|Last good movie you saw:||"True Grit"|
|Some films you consider classics:|| "The Godfather"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
|Must-see TV shows:|| "Mad Men"
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Sacha Baron Cohen|
|Three favorite cities:||Paris, New York, Positano|
|Favorite sport/team/player:||Football, Dolphins, Dwyane Wade|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||"Jump" by Kriss Kross|
|Greatest Bands of All Time:||The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Shins, The Beach Boys and U2|
|First stage kiss:||A children's theatre production of Return to Neverland. Smee had an Indian love interest.|
|Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:||Tevye in my high school production of Fiddler|
|Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:||I was four. My parents dragged me to a comedy show in the Catskills and I laughed harder than anyone. I was so awestruck that I knew in that moment I wanted that power- the power to make people laugh. In hindsight, the show was horrible and the performer was like a bad 40's Borscht Belt comedian.|
|How you got your Equity card:||Spelling Bee|
|Favorite pre-/post- show meal:||Upstairs at the Time Hotel after the show.|
|Favorite liquid refreshment:||Coors Light|
|Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:||I do a poem as Maya Angelou for the cast every night on stage right.|
|Most embarrassing or spectacular flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:||My first week in Spelling Bee, I not only forgot how to spell the last word in the show, but I forgot the word I was supposed to spell. I just started shouting out consonants. It was awful.|
|Most memorable audience interaction moment during Spelling Bee:||We had an 8 or 9 year old we could not get out. I honestly thought we were going to have to give him the trophy and call off the end of the show. I think we finally got him out on a BS word and he looked atomic. He was so pissed. Smart little son of a bitch. He had us all figured out.|
|Favorite "South Park" episodes:||Gay Fish, All About the Mormons, the Dolphin/whale episode and the Scientology episode.|
|Worst costume ever:||I had to do three days on a movie where I wore nothing but a sock on my nethers. Not fun.|
|Worst job you ever had:||I worked briefly as an intern at an ad agency. I would sit and doodle different ads about why I hated the job so much.|
|Leading man role you've been dying to play:||Pseudolus in Forum|
|Leading lady role you wish you could play:||Ga-linda in Wicked|
|Favorite commercial:||There was a clown commercial a few years ago. I don't even remember what they were selling, but it was this father who surprised kids at a party by coming out as a clown. He jumped on a sharp toy and screamed and the kids all cried and ran away. Every time that came on, I thought I was going to throw up, I would laugh so hard.|
|Something about you that surprises people:||I'm a father.|
|Career you would want if not a performer:||Disney Imagineer. I think it's so cool what those guys do.|
|Three things you can't live without:||My baby girl and wife (we'll count them as one), my iPhone and physical therapy|
|"I'll never understand why…"||... people think I want to hear about every errand they are running on Twitter.|
|Words of wisdom for aspiring performers?||Look in the mirror. Decide what you really want. Commit. And never look back.|