B. J. Novak
Novak at SF Sketch Fest 2008
Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak
July 31, 1979
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak(born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. Novak was one of the writers and executive producers of The Office (2005–2013), in which he also played Ryan Howard.
Executive producer (EP) is one of the top positions in the making of a commercial entertainment product. Depending on the medium, the executive producer may be concerned with management accounting or associated with legal issues. In films, the executive producer generally contributes to the film's budget and usually does not work on set, in contrast to most other producers.
The Office is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013, lasting nine seasons. It is an adaptation of the original BBC series of the same name and was adapted for American television by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. It was co-produced by Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions, and Reveille Productions, in association with Universal Television. The original executive producers were Greg Daniels, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.
Ryan Bailey Howard is a fictional character on the US television series The Office. He is portrayed by the show's writer, director, and executive producer B. J. Novak, and is based upon Ricky Howard from the original British version of The Office, although his role is significantly expanded to that of a main character.
Novak was born July 31, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts. His parents are Linda (née Manaly) and author William Novak. Novak's family is Jewish. His father co-edited The Big Book of Jewish Humor, and has ghostwritten memoirs for Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, Magic Johnson, and others; his parents also established a Jewish matchmaking service. Novak has two younger brothers, Jesse, a composer, and Lev. He attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston for elementary school and middle school.
Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston's Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Weston, Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state.
William Novak is an author who has co-written or ghostwritten numerous celebrity memoirs for people including Lee Iacocca, Nancy Reagan, and Magic Johnson. He is also the editor, with Moshe Waldoks, of The Big Book of Jewish Humor. He has also written several "private" books, which he described in a 2015 essay for The New York Times.
A ghostwriter is hired to write literary or journalistic works, speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. Celebrities, executives, participants in timely news stories, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, memoirs, magazine articles, or other written material. In music, ghostwriters are often used to write songs, lyrics, and instrumental pieces. Screenplay authors can also use ghostwriters to either edit or rewrite their scripts to improve them.
He attended Newton South High School with future The Office costar John Krasinski,and they graduated in 1997. Novak graduated from Harvard University in 2001, where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon and the Hasty Pudding Club. He majored in English and Spanish literature, and wrote his honors thesis on the films of Shakespeare's Hamlet .
Newton South High School is one of two public high schools in the city of Newton, Massachusetts, the other being Newton North.
John Burke Krasinski is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. He also served as a producer and occasional director of the series throughout its nine-season run.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.
Aside from the Lampoon, he occasionally staged and performed in a variety show called The B.J. Show with fellow Harvard student B. J. Averell.
Brian Jeffrey "B.J." Averell is an American actor and reality show contestant who won The Amazing Race 9 with teammate Tyler MacNiven. He is currently a CBS Technology Reporter and Periscope Livestreamer broadcasting from all the major Content Conventions such as NAB and others.
Following his graduation from Harvard, he moved to Los Angeles, California and began working in clubs as a comedian. His first live stand-up performance took place at the Hollywood Youth Hostel on October 10, 2001.[ citation needed ] He was named one of Variety's "Ten Comedians To Watch" in 2003.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.
Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California, notable as the home of the U.S. film industry including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the industry and the people associated with it.
Novak was a writer for the short-lived The WB sitcom Raising Dad .He performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and on Late Night with Conan O'Brien .
Raising Dad is an American television sitcom that aired on The WB from October 5, 2001, to May 10, 2002. The series stars Bob Saget, Kat Dennings, Brie Larson, Riley Smith, Beau Wirick and Jerry Adler. and was produced by Albion Productions in association with Paramount Television.
Comedy Central is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel is geared for mature audiences and carries comedy programming in the form of both original, licensed, and syndicated series and stand-up comedy specials, as well as feature films.
Premium Blend was a stand-up comedy series that aired on the American cable television channel Comedy Central from 1997 to 2005.
Novak's television acting career began on MTV's Punk'd . [ citation needed ]He was the lead accomplice to Ashton Kutcher on the show's second season in 2003, playing pranks on Hilary Duff, Rachael Leigh Cook, Usher, and Mýa.
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After hearing Novak's opening joke at a comedy club, executive producer Greg Daniels decided he "wanted to do something with him";Novak was subsequently cast as Ryan Howard.
Novak was not only a cast member on the show but a producer and writer. He along with Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, and Paul Lieberstein were the original writers for the show. He is credited with writing fifteen episodes during the show's duration including the Writer's Guild of America nominated episodes "Diversity Day" and "Local Ad".
On July 21, 2010, news reports indicated Novak had signed a contract to remain with the show for its seventh and eighth seasons; under the new terms, he would be made an executive producer midway through Season 7 and direct two episodes of the show. In a June 2009 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer , Novak spoke about sharing the success of The Office with his Newton South High School classmate John Krasinski:
"Sometimes when this feels too good to be true, I think that if this were all a dream, that would be what should have tipped me off. I'd wake up saying, "I was in this incredible TV show and it was a big hit and the star was John [Krasinski] from high school. Isn't that weird?"
Novak has appeared in the films Unaccompanied Minors , Reign Over Me , The Internship , Knocked Up , The Smurfs , and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 .
He has had supporting roles in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and The Founder (2016).
He has starred in episodes of The Mindy Project , The Newsroom , Community , and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .
On April 11, 2013, publishing house Alfred A. Knopf announced it had signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Novak, with the first book slated to be a fictional collection of Woody Allen-like stories.
On February 4, 2014 a book of 22 stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was published and spent 6 weeks on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List.Novak also signed a deal with Penguin's children's books label and wrote The Book With No Pictures, which was released in September 2014 and has spent four full years on the New York Times Picture Books list, with 34 weeks charting as the #1 seller in the United States.
In May 2015, it was announced that Novak and Mindy Kaling had signed a book deal worth a reported $7.5 million to write about their long friendship and former relationship, though Kaling said in an interview that the book would "not be a tell-all."
On October 14, 2015 Novak released an Apple iOS app along with co-founder Dev Flaherty called The List App.The app has since been nominated for a Webby Award (losing in its category to Beme and Pocket) and in May 2016 rebranded as 'li.st' and became available on the Android platform.
In September 2017, the app was shut down, citing that the growth wasn't enough to sustain the current product.
Novak has a close friendship with Mindy Kaling, whom he met through writing for The Office . The two dated on and off while writing and acting on the show, sometimes mirroring the on-again, off-again nature of the relationship between their respective characters Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor.He served as a consulting producer for Season 1 of The Mindy Project , and has appeared on the show several times, though his formal producing role ended after the first season.
His brother Jesse composed the music for The Mindy Project and BoJack Horseman .
|2003||Punk'd||Field Agent||Television series|
|2005–2013||The Office||Ryan Howard||Television series; 164 Episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007)
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2008)
Nominated: Prism Award for Best performance in a Comedy Series (2009)
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Flight Attendant|
|2007||Knocked Up||Unnamed Doctor|
|Reign Over Me||Mr. Fallon|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Pfc. Smithson Utivich||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2011||The Smurfs||Baker Smurf||Voice role|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Jamie||Television series|
|2013||The Internship||Male Interviewer|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Baker Smurf||Voice role|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Robert B. Sherman|
|2014||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Alistair Smythe|
|2014||Community||Mr. Egypt||Episode: "Basic Sandwich" (cameo)|
|2014||The Newsroom||Lucas Pruit||Television series|
|2015||Arthur||MC||Episode: "The Last Day" (voice)|
|2016||The Founder||Harry J. Sonneborn|
|2016-2018||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Himself||Episodes: "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles" (cameo), "Oh, Nathaniel, It's On!" (cameo)|
|2001–2002||Raising Dad||2 episodes|
|2005–2012||The Office||Episodes written: |
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy Series (2006)
|2013||The Mindy Project||1 episode|
|2009||The Office – Blackmail webisode series||4 episodes|
|2009||The Office – "Scott's Tots"||aired 12/03/09|
|2011||The Office - "The Seminar"||aired 01/27/11|
|The Office - "The List"||aired 09/22/11|
|2012||The Office – "Trivia"||aired 01/12/12|
|2013||The Mindy Project – "Mindy's Minute"||aired 02/19/13|
|2013||The Mindy Project - "Santa Fe"||aired 04/09/13|
|2005||Writers Guild of America Awards||New Series||The Office||Nominated|
|Episodic Comedy - for episode "Diversity Day"||Nominated|
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Comedy Series||Won|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Episodic Comedy - for episode "Local Ad"||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
Gregory Martin Daniels is an American television comedy writer, producer, and director. He is known for his work on several television series, including Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill and The Office. All five shows were named among Time's James Poniewozik's All Time 100 TV Shows. Daniels attended Harvard University and he became friends with Conan O'Brien. Their first writing credit was for Not Necessarily the News, before they were laid off due to budget cuts. He eventually became a writer for two long-running series: Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.
"The Injury" is the twelfth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's eighteenth episode overall. The episode was written by Mindy Kaling, who also acts in the show as Kelly Kapoor, and directed by Bryan Gordon. "The Injury" episode first aired in the United States on January 12, 2006 on NBC. The episode guest starred Marcus York as Billy Merchant.
"The Dundies" is the first episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's seventh episode overall. Written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Greg Daniels, who is also a producer for the show, the episode originally aired in the United States on September 20, 2005 on NBC.
"The Secret" is the thirteenth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's nineteenth episode overall. It was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Dennie Gordon. The episode first aired on January 19, 2006 on NBC. The episode guest stars Tom W. Chick as Gil.
"Diversity Day" is the second episode of the first season of the American comedy television series The Office. Written by B. J. Novak and directed by Ken Kwapis, it first aired in the United States on March 29, 2005, on NBC. The episode guest stars Office consulting producer Larry Wilmore as Mr. Brown.
"The Alliance" is the fourth episode of the first season of the American comedy television series The Office. The episode aired on NBC in the United States on April 12, 2005. It was written by Michael Schur and directed by Bryan Gordon, marking their first credits for the show.
"Hot Girl" is the sixth episode and season finale of the first season of the American comedy television series The Office. The episode aired on NBC in the United States on April 26, 2005. The episode was written by consulting producer Mindy Kaling, marking her first writing credit for the series. The episode was directed by Amy Heckerling, her only directing credit for the series.
"Take Your Daughter To Work Day" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's twenty-fourth episode overall. It was written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Victor Nelli, Jr. It first aired on March 16, 2006 on NBC. The episode guest stars Jazz Raycole as Melissa Hudson, Delaney Ruth Farrell as Sasha Flenderson, Spencer Daniels as Jake Palmer, and Jake Kalender as a young Michael Scott.
"The Convention" is the second episode of the third season of the US version of The Office, and the show's 30th overall. "The Convention" was written by the writing team of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, and directed by Ken Whittingham.
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. From 2005 to 2013, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office. In addition to acting in it, she was a writer, executive producer, and occasional director. Recognition for her work on The Office include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010.
"Diwali" is the sixth episode of the third season of the American comedy television series The Office and the show's 34th overall. It was written by Mindy Kaling, who also acts in the show as Kelly Kapoor, and directed by Miguel Arteta. The episode first aired on November 2, 2006, on NBC, twelve days after the actual Diwali holiday.
"Ben Franklin" is the fifteenth episode of the third season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's forty-third episode overall. Written by Mindy Kaling, who also acts in the show as Kelly Kapoor, and directed by Randall Einhorn, the episode first aired in the United States on February 1, 2007, on NBC. "Ben Franklin" received 5.0/13 in the ages 18–49 demographic of the Nielsen ratings, and was watched by an estimated audience of 10.1 million viewers, and the episode received mixed reviews among critics.
The first season of the American television comedy The Office premiered in the United States on NBC on March 24, 2005, concluded on April 26, 2005, and consists of six episodes. The Office is an American adaptation of the British TV series of the same name, and is presented in a mockumentary format, portraying the daily lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
"Night Out" is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's sixty-eighth episode overall. The episode was written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Ken Whittingham. It first aired in the United States on April 24, 2008 on NBC. "Night Out" was viewed by a measured audience of over 7.5 million people, bringing in the lowest number of estimated viewers that The Office received among 12 episodes. "Night Out" received mixed reviews from critics.
David Wallace is a recurring fictional character in the American comedy series The Office, portrayed by Andy Buckley. Wallace is introduced in the second season as the new chief financial officer of Dunder Mifflin. Wallace is named after David Foster Wallace, a favorite author of John Krasinski and executive producer Michael Schur. His character is established as a wealthy executive at the corporate headquarters in New York with an opulent suburban home, wife, Rachel, and two kids - one son and one daughter. Despite his differing lifestyle from the members of the Scranton branch, David tolerates and understands the eccentricities and flaws of Regional Manager Michael Scott, and appreciates employees Jim Halpert and Toby Flenderson. He is let go in the sixth season following the absorption of Dunder Mifflin by Sabre. He later sells his patent for a toy vacuum to the U.S. military and later acquires Dunder Mifflin for an undisclosed sum of money and becomes CEO in the eighth-season finale, "Free Family Portrait Studio".
Charles B. Grandy is an American stand-up comedian, television writer and producer who has worked on series such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live, The Office, Guys With Kids, and The Mindy Project. He is the son of former Love Boat star turned politician Fred Grandy.
"Garden Party" is the fourth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's 156th episode overall. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on October 13, 2011. It was written by co-executive producer Justin Spitzer and was directed by David Rogers and marks Mindy Kaling's first credit as executive producer. "Garden Party" features a guest appearance from Josh Groban, Dee Wallace and Stephen Collins.
"Christmas Wishes" is the tenth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's 162nd episode overall. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on December 8, 2011. It was written by executive producer Mindy Kaling and was directed by Ed Helms in his directorial debut. The episode guest starred Lindsey Broad, Ameenah Kaplan, and Eleanor Seigler.
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