B.J. Novak is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer best known for playing reluctant temp Ryan Howard on the US adaptation of The Office.
Prior to The Office, Novak performed as an actor on the MTV hit Punk'd, where he assumed various identities to pull off pranks on celebrities.
His most widely known performance on that show was as Hilary Duff's driving instructor. His other celebrity targets included Usher, Mya, Bow Wow, and Jaime Pressley.
Also a standup comedian, Novak was named one of Variety's Ten Comics to Watch in 2003. His comedic talents have since been seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Novak is originally from the Boston area and currently resides in Los Angeles.