August 03, 2011 09:00 AM

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Josh Gad is a new dad — and he’s not afraid to admit he hasn’t exactly been completely present since the birth of now 7-month-old Ava Tanya.

“It’s very interesting. A month before … I had to move to New York [from Los Angeles], we had the baby,” the star of Broadway smash The Book of Mormon, 30, revealed Tuesday on The Gayle King Show.

“It was really nice because I became a deadbeat father and left my family behind to go get laughs.”

Despite the distance, the Love and Other Drugs actor has already won over his baby girl — whom he calls “mooshki” because “it’s kind of like munchkin, but she’s even cuter” — with his musical talent.

“She responds to this song more than she responds to anything,” he shares of his lullaby before belting out,

“I know/that you’re the cutest baby in the whole wide world/I love what you do to me.”

Gayle’s response to Gad’s impromptu performance? “It’s so soothing,” she joked.

— Anya Leon

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