Noah Gardenswartz

The comedian on pandemic parenting, quitting weed, and keeping The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Jewish.


If you would have asked me 10 or 15 years ago who I was, the first thing out of my mouth might have been, “I'm a pothead who likes to tell jokes.” Weed was my identity for so long. People are shocked to find out that I hardly ever smoke now because it was such a prominent part of my life. 

I smoked for the first time when I was 13. Growing up, my parents would have been mortified if they caught me smoking cigarettes. But weed was kind of okay. This was years before it became legal, but Denver was always very much a weed-friendly place. It was a part of Colorado culture. I was an all day, everyday smoker in high school. We used to have to go up to Boulder to get good weed. Denver had the schwag with the seeds and the sticks.

I was an absolute pothead in high school and an absolute pothead in college. I grew and sold weed for years. But around the time I turned 30, I got into a little bit of legal trouble and my relationship with weed changed.


With the specific Judaism portrayed on the show, some of the references or the words we use in Yiddish—they’re timeless.