We’re going to need one of Seth Rogen’s cross joints to keep the 4/20 party going, because this year marijuana’s birthday is all month long.
In honor of a full month of weed celebration, we rounded up our favorite Jewish celebrities who get chai (get it? Do you get it?) on a regular basis.
1. Seth Rogen
Under quarantine, Seth Rogen, who just turned 38 (happy birthday!!), has been smoking “a truly ungodly amount of weed.” In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the Jewish comedian said he’s so thankful that marijuana is considered an essential service “because for me it truly is essential.”
It’s true. When he’s not smoking weed, Rogen makes ceramic ashtrays and other pottery. When he is smoking weed, Rogen watches the live-action remake of Cats, and teaches us how to roll the aforementioned cross joint. Honestly, what a dude. Who wouldn’t want to smoke with him? Barbra Streisand. Seriously. In a 2012 interview, Rogen said his The Guilt Trip co-star wouldn’t light up with him: “She wouldn’t smoke with me. I tried, but she wouldn’t do it.”
The comedy legend, who got his start writing jokes for a mohel as a teen, is a role model for stoners everywhere. As a producer, writer, director, actor, husband, son, my personal-celebrity crush, philanthropist, and Canadian marijuana company founder, Rogen proves that stoners can get the job done.
P.S. I interviewed Rogen earlier this year and when I asked him if it’s true he only smokes joints he personally rolls, he said: “I try to!”
2. Sarah Silverman
Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is a certified, yet responsible, stoner. In her book, The Bedwetter, she recommends puff, puff, passing on special occasions: “Make it a treat.”
Need more proof that Silverman is most likely getting chai as you read this? Just watch her smoking dope on the web series “Getting Doug with High” and “My Drunk Kitchen” (she got stoned instead of drunk, duh). Oh, and in an episode of Conan, the comedian spilled that she smokes with her parents!
Here’s one last gem — Sarah Silverman was the first famous person Seth Rogen ever got high with.
“Seth Rogen told me I was the first famous person he ever smoked pot with,” Silverman said in a 2015 Buzzfeed interview. “Which I have no recollection of, needless to say. But I was very honored.”
3. Eric Andre
Eric Andre’s comedy is bizarre, surreal, and quintessential stoner content. Co-host of Adult Swim’s sketch show, The Eric Andre Show, the self-described “Blewish” — Black and Jewish — actor is just off the heels of his first upcoming Netflix comedy special, Legalize Everything.
“I want to run for president next year and legalize… everything!” Andre said on stage at the Chicago Theatre.
On “Getting Doug with High,” Andre shared the first time he ever got high, and, dear reader, it is super adorable. He went to Burger King with a friend, ordered “a shit load of food,” and about 20 minutes later his mom picked him up. Suffering from intense munchies, they drove right back to Burger King for round two. Eric Andre’s Jewish mom for the win!!!
4. Ilana Glazer
After five seasons of portraying pothead Ilana Wexler, an exaggerated version of herself, on Broad City, Ilana Glazer has forever cemented herself as a Jewess stoner extraordinaire.
Just take a look at this photo of Glazer, which just happens to look exactly like me at the time of writing this article:
Earlier this year, Glazer made her Amazon comedy special debut with The Planet Is Burning, in which she revealed that — like the badass woman she is — she makes her husband deal with her local Brooklyn weed delivery dude. A true Jewish stoner feminist icon.
5. Abbi Jacobson
If Ilana Glazer’s partner in crime Abbi Jacobson didn’t smoke weed, what a Twilight Zone we’d be living in! In an interview with Bon Appetit, the Broad City co-creator revealed her weed palette has changed since she was a young lil’ stoner.
She used to not be into the fancy sort of edibles, Jacobson said, and opted for “goo balls.”
“From what I used to go to a lot of jam-band concerts. It’s kind of like a ball of cereal and some sort of nut butter and weed. It’s a different kind of pot cookie. It’s so much more of an intense high, and I can’t do it with how busy we are. It’s more like tripping to me.”
Everyone else wrote down that recipe, right? Good.
6. Lil Dicky
If you haven’t seen Jewish comedy rapper Dave Burd’s new autobiographical show on Hulu, Dave, you’re really missing out. Raised in Philadelphia, Burd is your quintessential Nice Jewish Stoner from summer camp — he only rolls up once he’s completed all his work, like a relaxing glass of wine.
7. Paul Rudd
Jaddy (Jewish daddy) Paul Rudd isn’t a practicing Jew (he “perfected it”) but he is a practicing stoner. The actor has portrayed many a pothead sidekick in flicks like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and when asked if he did any method acting to prepare for his role in Our Idiot Brother, a movie where Rudd plays a dealer who sells weed to a cop, he said: “I will say that in several different incarnations, I’ve prepared for this role for many years.”
In Jewish stoner world, all roads lead back to Seth Rogen. On Andy Cohen’s show, Rogen admitted that he and his colleague Rudd partook in many a 4/20 session.
8. Jason Segel
If you haven’t watched the iconic Rotten Tomatoes interview featuring an extremely stoned Jason Segel and Paul Rudd promoting their 2009 comedy I Love You Man, stop, drop, roll a joint, and enjoy this masterpiece:
9. Doja Cat
Black Jewish rapper Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini chose the stage name Doja Cat because she’s “heavily addicted to weed and weed culture, so when I began rapping I thought of the word ‘doja,’ and how it sounds like a girl’s name.”
We love Doja Cat at Alma — check out her viral song “Moo!” and “So High,” which came out in 2013.
10. King Princess
On her 19th birthday at a Gaga show, Straus didn’t want to meet her celebrity crush while stoned, but it happened anyway. Gaga expressed she couldn’t wait to listen to the younger musician’s music, and Straus, who was “so fucking stoned,” could all but manage to say “I’m gay.”
11. Jenny Slate
After Ilana Glazer, Jewish comedian Jenny Slate takes the silver for Jewess Stoner of the Century.
In her new Netflix special, Stage Fright, Slate talks about smoking weed at the gym. In her set, the comedian said her social circles suggested she try working out to cope with her performance anxiety. But, being a stoner, that didn’t work too well.
“I’ll just keep smoking weed while working out,” Slate said. “I just got more and more anxious and working out more and more.”
Honestly, that doesn’t sound too bad. Except then she went on to explain what goes on in her head: “Why am I lifting these two-pounders? Why am I trying to change my body at all? My body is beautiful. I hate this industry I work in. They’re trying to make my body look like the body of Billy Elliot.”
Doubt I'll follow my own advice when this anxiety dies,but I think it's time for me to stop smoking weed JENNY PLS STOP PLS REMEMBER THIS 🆘
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) October 21, 2015
As hard as she may try, weed seems to be stuck to Jenny like matzah crumbs in Seth Rogen’s beard (I imagine…).
12. Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher
Comedic couple Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher are one of the greatest Jewish duos to grace our local streaming sites. Co-hosts of The Endless Honeymoon podcast, Leggero and Kasher are definitely the classiest celebrity stoners. Just watch them sip tea and smoke pot in their gorgeous living room on Vice’s “High Tea” segment.
13. Alison Brie and Dave Franco
Second in line for cutest stoner couple is Alison Brie and Dave Franco. The husband and wife fell in love while rolling on ecstasy, so it’s no surprise that they dabble with marijuana. In fact, Franco says they owe their relationship to an edible!
In an interview on The Tonight Show, Franco told Jimmy Fallon that three months into their relationship, his wife Brie threw him a 1980s-themed surprise birthday party. To celebrate, Franco got way too high on an edible and made his new girlfriend kick everyone out of the party. “Alison and I still talk about how if we can survive my surprise party, we can surprise anything.”
Dave is kind of a private dude, whereas Brie has way more evidence underscoring her partnership with marijuana. As a favor to Nick Offerman, Brie smoked pot to help the fellow actor promote a movie, which she wasn’t even in. It’s really hilarious, please watch.
Brie has also admitted that she got stoned on set for a movie her husband Franco was directing and totally embarrassed herself at a small restaurant in Portland, where The Rental was being filmed.
14. Nick Kroll
In an interview with Esquire, Kroll recounted a hike he took during some free time. Admiring his commitment to truly being in the moment, the interviewer said that most comedians he knows relax with alcohol and weed. “Well, I found my way into both of those as well. And let me tell you, after hiking for four hours, it’s probably a better idea to hydrate than smoke one-hitters and drink whiskey,” Kroll said.
“Lesson learned?” the interviewer asked.
“Yeah, the lesson learned is quit hiking.”
15. Zoey Deutch
While filming Zombieland: Double Tap, Deutsch said she learned one very important lesson: Never, ever smoke Woody Harrelson’s weed. “It’s like the Olympics of weed smoking,” she told Jimmy Fallon.
As for the rest of the weed in California? Up for grabs.
16. Zoe Kravitz
Take a hit for a second Zoe(y) on this chai celebrity list! Jewish actress Zoe Kravitz, who made headlines this year for starring in the High Fidelity reboot, recently told In Style about her perfect day: “My favorite thing to do is walk around New York City with my headphones on, listening to music. I smoke a little bit of weed and go.”
Coincidentally, that happens to be my perfect day, too.
In 2019, the emotional rapper partnered with Canopy Growth to launch More Life Growth Company, a cannabis producer, in Toronto, where Drake was raised by his Jewish mom.
18. Mac Miller
This last one goes out to the late Mac Miller, who most definitely always had a joint in hand.
Roll up a fat joint, blast Miller’s “Self Care,” and get chai in memory of the Nicest Jewish Stoner Rapper that ever was and ever will be.
Header image design by Grace Yagel; background image by Matthew Roharik/Getty Images. Image of Eric Andre by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage; of Jason Segel by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for IFC; of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; of Lil Dicky by Noam Galai/Getty Images; of Sarah Silverman by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; and of Seth Rogen by Tara Ziemba/FilmMagic.