B.J. Novak is an American actor, writer, director, producer, stand-up comedian, and author. He is best known for his role as Ryan Howard on NBC’s popular sitcom The Office (2005-2013). Novak has established himself as an esteemed multi-hyphenate in the entertainment industry, having written for and appeared on numerous TV shows, and films, and several books.
Novak was born on July 31, 1979, in Newton, Massachusetts. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing in clubs and colleges across the country. Novak was a contributor to the popular Comedy Central show, “The Daily Show,” from 2001-2004. He was then cast as a series regular on “The Office” in 2005, where he served as a writer, director, and executive producer. Novak’s role as Ryan Howard on “The Office” earned him an Emmy nomination in 2007.
In addition to his acting career, Novak is also a writer. He wrote the 2011 romantic comedy film, “The Smurfs,” and its 2013 sequel, “The Smurfs 2”. He has also written several children’s books, including “The Book With No Pictures” and “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.”
Novak has also produced several films, such as “The Intern” (2015), “The Founder” (2016), “The Big Sick” (2017), and “The Incredible Jessica James” (2017). He has also written for television shows such as “The Mindy Project” (2012-2015) and “Modern Family” (2014-2015).
Novak is an avid philanthropist, having supported numerous charities throughout his career, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and The Art of Elysium. In 2017, he launched The List App, a social media platform designed to facilitate sharing personal lists.
B.J. Novak is a multi-faceted entertainer whose career has spanned multiple industries. With an array of writing, directing, producing, and acting credits to his name, Novak has become one of the most recognizable figures in the entertainment industry.
Novak is also an accomplished author, having published four books: “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” (2014), “The Book with No Pictures” (2014), “Knife’s Edge” (2015), and “Huddle” (2019). His books have received critical acclaim and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.
Novak’s success has earned him numerous awards, including the Variety Power of Comedy Award in 2018, a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on The Office (2007), and an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (2007). In 2018, Novak was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame for his contributions to television.