Joshua "Josh" Gad (born February 23, 1981) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Skip Gilchrist in 1600 Penn, Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and Ryan Church in the television series Back to You. He has also appeared in ER, The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl, Bored to Death, and Numb3rs. His film roles include The Rocker, Crossing Over, She Wants Me, 21, Love & Other Drugs, Jobs, and the voice of Olaf in the Disney film Frozen.
Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida. He was raised in a Jewish family. His father is a Jewish immigrant from Afghanistan and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Gad attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 1999. While there, he won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory in 1998, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999. He then attended the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama. During this time, he undertook a semester-long exchange at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Gad portrayed news director Ryan Church on the Fox sitcom Back to You, which lasted one season, from 2007 to 2008. Gad appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show on May 5, 2009, and became a regular correspondent on June 2, 2009. He appeared on The Daily Show on November 11, 2009 in a segment titled "Crash for Clunkers" about the effect the Cash for Clunkers program had on demolition derbies. He appeared in a June 27, 2011, segment about the legalization of gay marriage in New York reported from the Gay Pride March in New York City.
In 2008, he played a supporting role in the movie 21, and a leading role in the movie The Rocker with Rainn Wilson.
Gad married actress Ida Darvish in 2008 and the two have a daughter. He is also the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel's son, Theo. Although Gad loves the traditional aspects of Judaism, he considers himself spiritual but not in any way religious.