BJ Novak - Wild West Comedy Festival will be at
Andrew Johnson Theater in Nashville, TN
B.J. Novak is an actor and writer best known for his work on the longrunning
and Emmy award-winning comedy, “The Office.” In addition to starring as
Ryan, Novak served as an executive producer of the series, as well as one of its most
frequent writers and directors.
In motion pictures, Novak is widely known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino's
“Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,”
as well as appearances in films such as “The Internship,” “Knocked
Up,” and “Reign Over Me.” He will next be seen in the upcoming “The
Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Also acclaimed as a standup comedian, Novak has performed frequently at colleges
and theaters across the country since 2002, including televised spots on Comedy Central
and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” In 2008, his show “B.J.
Novak & Friends” at Town Hall was featured as the closing night of the New
York Comedy Festival, and he was the host of the Webby Awards in 2010.
Novak’s debut collection of fiction, One More Thing: Stories
and Other Stories, was published by Knopf/Random House in February of
2014 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times identified
Novak as “a genuine storyteller with finely tuned emotional radar.” Jen
Chaney of The Washington Post designated Novak as “a gifted observer of the
human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious,
insuppressible laughter.” Caryn James of The Daily Beast wrote: “It’s
a sign of his freshness that reviews, most with extravagant praise, have strained
for comparisons.” TIME Magazine distinguished One More Thing as a book “you
won’t want to miss in 2014.” The collection was an immediate New York
Times Best Seller, debuting at #4 on the Hardcover Fiction list.
Novak’s first book for children, “The Book With No Pictures,”
will be published by Dial/Penguin in fall of 2014.