Actor/comedian B.J. Novak to appear at Cameron University

B.J. NovakActor/comedian B.J. Novak will make a special appearance at Cameron University on Tuesday, November 18 as part of the university's continuing Centennial Celebration. The show takes place at 8 p.m. in the Aggie Gym. This event is open to the public at no charge; however, a ticket is required for admission. Free tickets are available on the CU campus at the Student Activities Building, the One-Stop Shop located in the Shepler Towers, and the Cashier's office and the Office of Community Relations, both located in the Administration Building.

 B.J. Novak is an actor, writer, producer, and standup comedian best known for his contributions in front of the camera -- and behind the scenes -- on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series, "The Office."

In "The Office," Novak stars as Ryan, the one-time temp who has risen to become the company's corporate boss. He is also Co-Executive Producer of the series and, as a writer, has scripted many of the show's most memorable episodes, including "Diversity Day," "Sexual Harassment," "The Fire," "Boys and Girls," "Initiation," and "Local Ad." Novak's work on "The Office" has earned him a Writer's Guild Award for Best Comedy Series as well as four other WGA nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for best comedy ensemble cast.

First discovered as a standup comedian, Novak has since established himself as one of the most original and prominent new voices in the comedy world. He has performed on Comedy Central and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and, in his time away from "The Office," continues to headline sold-out shows at theatres, colleges and comedy clubs such as the Hollywood Improv and Caroline's in New York City.

 Novak has appeared in "Reign Over Me," starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, and "Knocked Up," directed by Judd Apatow. Before "The Office", Novak was best known for his improvised performances on the MTV hit "Punk'd," the celebrity prank show. His performance as Hilary Duff's driving instructor remains one of the highlights of the series.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish Literature, he currently resides in Los Angeles.

For more information, call the CU Office of Community Relations at 581-2211.

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November 6, 2008
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