Josh Gad is front and center in he cast of "1600 Penn," about a dysfunctional family in the White House. From left: Martha MacIsaac as Becca, Amara Miller as Marigold, Benjamin Stockham as Xander, Bill Pullman as the president, Gad as Skip, Jenna Elfman as the first lady and Andre Holland as Marshall Malloy.
White House boundJosh Gad, Tony nominee for "The Book of Mormon" and Carnegie Mellon grad (Class of '03), was a guest Tuesday on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" when he said he would be at the White House Wednesday to screen his new NBC comedy, "1600 Penn," for President Barack Obama.
The theater and screen actor said he wanted to look his best to meet Michelle Obama, a health and fitness advocate. "So I'm wearing what they call Spanx," he said, then pulled up his shirt to reveal the slimming undergarment. In "1600 Penn" (9:30 p.m. Thursdays), Gad plays the screw-up son of a dysfunctional first family.
The Washington Post reported that the screening will be a reunion for the comedy's co-creator and executive producer, Jon Lovett, who was a speechwriter for the president Obama. His current speechwriting team will attend the screening, NBC said in its announcement.
Lovett left D.C. in 2011 for Hollywood and met Gad and "Modern Family" director Jason Winer, who were looking to start a show about a kooky White House family, the Post said.
"1600 Penn" premieres Thursday night, but about 7 million people watched the a sneak preview of the pilot on NBC after "The Voice" finale in December.
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