PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Book of Mormon Star Josh Gad

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Book of Mormon Star Josh Gad
Josh Gad, currently starring as Elder Cunningham in Broadway's The Book of Mormon, fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Josh Gad
Josh Gad

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
Hometown: Hollywood, Florida
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
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
Full Monty
Les Miz
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"
"City Lights"
"Animal House"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
"The Goonies"
Must-see TV shows: "Mad Men"
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Modern Family"
"No Reservations"
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.
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