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,
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.
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B.J. Novak's Scores

Average career score: 69
Highest Metascore: 85 The Office: Season 3
Lowest Metascore: 60 The View: Season 18
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
6 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
60 The View: Season 18 Sep 15, 2014 Himself 3.5
69 The Mindy Project: Season 1 Sep 25, 2012 Jamie / Executive Producer 7.3
64 The Office: Season 9 Sep 20, 2012 Ryan Howard 7.1
tbd The Office: Season 8 Sep 22, 2011 Ryan Howard / Writer / Director 6.7
tbd The Office: Season 7 Sep 23, 2010 Ryan Howard/Hockey Coach / Writer / Director 7.7
78 The Office: Season 6 Sep 17, 2009 Ryan Howard / Writer / Director 7.5
tbd The Office: Season 5 Sep 25, 2008 Ryan Howard / Writer 8.5
tbd The Office: Season 4 Sep 27, 2007 Ryan Howard / Writer 8.7
85 The Office: Season 3 Sep 21, 2006 Ryan Howard / Writer 9.0
tbd The Office: Season 2 Sep 20, 2005 Ryan Howard / Writer 8.7
62 The Office: Season 1 Mar 24, 2005 Ryan Howard / Ryan Howard/Hockey Coach / Writer / Director 8.3
tbd Punk'd: Season 2 Oct 26, 2003 Field Agent tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 21 Aug 30, 1993 Guest tbd