He has been bringing together the casts of numerous classic 1980s films to boost viewers’ spirits during the ongoing
And Josh Gad, 39, one-upped himself with his one of his biggest Zoom reunions to date on a Karate Kid–centric episode of his Reunited Apart podcast.
Jam packed: Josh Gad, 39, put on one of his biggest Zoom calls to date for a Karate Kid–centric episode of his podcast Reunited Apart, which arrived on YouTube on Monday
Fittingly, Josh started with the Karate Kid’s lead, Ralph Macchio, though he poured some cold water on his idea for a reunion.
‘See, here’s the thing, Josh. I kind of already do a reunion of that film every week now,’ Machio joked, referencing his series Cobra Kai, which originated on YouTube before moving to Netflix.
Unlike the films, which he led as Daniel LaRusso, Cobra Kai is primarily from the viewpoint of his rival Johnny Lawrence, with William Zabka reprising the role he originated in the first film.
After losing his job as a part-time handyman, the down-on-his-luck Johnny ends up founding a new dojo and attracting a new crop of students, though his return to martial arts also reignites his feud with Daniel.
No thanks: Fittingly, Josh started with the Karate Kid’s lead, Ralph Macchio, who joked that he didn’t want to do a reunion because he already does one every week on Cobra Kai
Staying in character: His old nemesis (and current Cobra Kai star) William Zabka was next up. ‘Couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you little twerp?’ he joked
Zabka was next up to join the Zoom, and he introduced himself with a villainous flair that matched his demeanor in the original 1984 film.
‘Couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you little twerp? No, you had to push it. Now you’re gonna pay!’ he said, before additional members of his old dojo joined the stream.
Also joining the ever-expanding group was Elisabeth Shue, who played Daniel’s love interest and Johnny’s ex-girlfriend in the first film.
She spouted lines from the late Pat Morita, who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Mr. Miyagi.
Morita died in 2005 at the age of 73, after becoming one of the few Asian leading men on television in the 1970s and ’80s.
Star power: Also joining the ever-expanding group was Elisabeth Shue, who played Daniel’s love interest and Johnny’s ex-girlfriend in the first film
Legend: She spouted lines from the late Pat Morita, who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Mr. Miyagi; publicity still from The Karate Kid with Macchio and Pat Morita
Tony O’Dell and Ron Thomas, who played students in the first film, helped round out the original film’s cast. They also reprise their roles on Cobra Kai.
Even though Gad’s Zoom window already seemed full of stars, he continued adding to it by welcoming actors from the second and third Karate Kid movies, before bring out some of the cast and crew of Cobra Kai.
The behind-the-scenes crew included Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote all of the original Karate Kid films, as well as Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald.
Stuffed: After adding cast members from the first film, Josh expanded to include cast and crew from all three Karate Kid movies and Cobra Kai
Surprise! Making an unannounced late entrance was comedian Amy Schumer, a self-professed Karate Kid and Cobra Kai superfan
Making an unannounced late entrance was comedian Amy Schumer, a self-professed Karate Kid and Cobra Kai superfan.
She listed off some trivia questions for the participants, in which she revealed that Morita was originally turned down for his iconic role because he was primarily associated with comedies prior to appearing in The Karate Kid.
Although the episode appealed to Karate Kid fans, it was also for charity.
Josh revealed that Sony Pictures Television would be donating $25,000 to the charity Action Against Hunger, and he urged viewers to also donate.
Charity show: Josh revealed that Sony Pictures Television would be donating $25,000 to the charity Action Against Hunger, and he urged viewers to also donate