Josh Gad found religion — along with huge laughs, rave reviews and an adoring fan base — as part of the original cast of "The Book of Mormon," the smash stage musical from the creators of "South Park." The rotund actor was center stage as the overeager Mormon Elder Cunningham, dancing and singing his way to a Tony nomination for best leading actor in a musical.
Gad has now traded Broadway for the Beltway. He stars in NBC's new comedy "1600 Penn," playing Skip Gilchrist, the bumbling member of a dysfunctional (and fictional) first family residing in the White House. Skip, who has not been able to earn a diploma even after seven years of college, is forced to move back with his father, President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), trophy wife Emily (Jenna Elfman) and two younger siblings.
And though Skip may have the best intentions, he is constantly wreaking havoc. The role, which gives plenty of opportunities for Gad to showcase his physical comedy prowess, is more than a dream role for the actor. He's also the co-creator of the series and one of its executive producers.
"Don't forget, I'm also doing craft services," he quipped in a phone interview during a break in shooting the series, which had a sneak preview in December but officially rolls out Thursday.