B.J. Novak

Biography: Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak, better known as B.J. Novak, is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who can be seen as the shy Ryan Howard on the NBC sitcom The Office. Novak is also a writer and co-producer of several of the show's episodes.

Novak grew up in Newton Massachusetts, a city near Boston. He graduated from Newton South High School along with The Office co-star John Krasinski and enrolled in Harvard University, where he earned a degree in English and Spanish literature.

After graduating in 2001, Novak moved to Los Angeles where he began working in clubs as a comedian. His first live stand-up performance was on October 10, 2001 at the Hollywood Youth Hostel. He soon became a fixture at the popular L.A. comedy clubs like The Improv and was named one of Variety's "Ten Comedians To Watch" in 2003. He has since performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and on Late Night with Conan O' Brien. Besides The Office, Novak has also appeared on MTV's Punk'd. As a writer,
Novak's credits include work on Universal's adaptation of the television spy series Get Smart as well as other projects. Expand

B.J. Novak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 72 The Bitter Buddha
Lowest Metascore: 30 The Smurfs
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
8 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
72 The Bitter Buddha Feb 15, 2013 Himself 10
69 Inglourious Basterds Aug 21, 2009 Pfc. Smithson Utivich 7.8
65 Saving Mr. Banks Dec 13, 2013 Robert Sherman 7.7
58 The Dictator May 16, 2012 Cast 6.3
53 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2, 2014 Cast / Alistair Smythe 7.0
43 Unaccompanied Minors Dec 8, 2006 Desk Attendant 5.8
42 The Internship Jun 7, 2013 Cast 5.9
30 The Smurfs Jul 29, 2011 Baker Smurf 4.4