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B.J. Novak        

Actor, Writer & Comedian Known for "The Office"

B.J. Novak is an actor, writer, and comedian, best known for his contributions to NBC's Emmy Award winning comedy, "The Office." In addition to starring as Ryan, the temp-turned-boss-turned-temp, Novak is also a co-executive producer for the hit series and has written many of the show's most memorable episodes, including "Diversity Day," "Sexual Harassment," "The Fire," "Initation," "Boys and Girls," "Chair Model," "Safety Training," "Dream Team," and "Local Ad."

Prior to the success of "The Office," Novak gained recognition for his improvised performances on the MTV hit Punk'd. His role as Hilary Duff's driving instructor remains one of the most well-known of the series. Previous credits also include a dramatic turn in "Reign Over Me," with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, and an appearance in "Knocked Up," directed by Judd Apatow. Novak can be seen in the World War II epic "Inglourious Basterds" from director Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt.

First discovered as a stand-up comedian, Novak continues to perform live and has become known as one of the most original and popular new voices in comedy. He has performed on Comedy Central and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as sold out live shows at theaters throughout the country and at clubs such as Caroline's on Broadway and the Hollywood Improv. In November 2008, his show B.J. Novak and Friends at Town Hall served as the closing night of the New York Comedy Festival.

Novak currently resides in Los Angeles.

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