11 Things We Didn’t Know About BJ Novak Before He Appeared on Unmasked

bjnovakonemorethingDon’t be fooled by his sweet demeanor and seemingly easy going personality. BJ Novak might want you to think he’s always just a regular guy but he’s got a lot going on.  This week he was Ron Bennington’s latest guest on “Unmasked” in front of live studio audience, and we got a glimpse of BJ Novak beyond any similarities he bears to “Ryan Howard” his character from the hit tv show “The Office.”

He talked with Bennington about “the odd philosophical situation of being around celebrity and feeling more special but knowing you’re not more special” and shared some stories about being a kid who didn’t stand out as much as some others, at least not when it came to coolness:

“I was a kid who really wished he was a cool kid, who would try anything to be a cool kid…I wasn’t an outcast but I wasn’t quite a cool kid.  I wrote funny pieces for the school newspaper.  I sort of became the funny kid that the cool kids would accept for that reason sometimes.” He summed up his childhood with this, “People ask if you sat in the front of the bus or the back of the bus.  I sat in the middle of the bus like most kids.”

We find it hard to believe he was ever a middle of the bus kid, but if he was, he definitely isn’t now.  And for a kid who thought he wasn’t cool, he’s got some great stories to tell.

Here are 10 really interesting things we learned about BJ Novak from his episode of Unmasked.

  1. He grew up with and went to high school with John Krasinski.  In fact he wrote and directed the senior show, and cast John in the show.
  2. Sometimes Novak likes to take on other personas, like a 16 year old girl or a 22 year old African American.   And he has multiple twitter accounts that let him express thoughts inconsistent with his public persona.
  3. His dad was a ghost writer for celebrities, so he’d have dinner at Deepak Chopra’s house in Western Massachussetts with  Michael Jackson also known as  “that’s the dude from dinner.”
  4. Once got to hang out in a cool Tarantino themed bar in Berlin, listening to music from a Tarantino themed Jukebox with Quentin Tarantino.
  5. One night, he had to follow Rodney Dangerfield on stage performing standup.
  6. He’s playing a very cool character in the new Spider-Man movie who doesn’t have a pivotal role in this movie…..
  7. He loves Rom Coms and is in the process of living one.  Everyone thinks he and his best pal (and worst enemy) Mindy Kaling are soul mates who need to get together.
  8. Despite his quieter exterior, his personal philosophy involves channeling your “inner Kanye West” and “cockiness” when you are first starting out.
  9. Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, and seven other amazing celebrities are reading his stories on audiobook.
  10. When he was 10 years old he wrote a letter to Nickelodeon demanding more sitcoms.
  11. He wrote a book and yeah– it’s a hardcover!

There’s a lot more so make sure you listen to the full episode.  Unmasked with BJ Novak will air this weekend on Raw Dog SiriusXM Comedy Hits 99.  The interview premiers on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 8pm with replays on Sunday February 9, 2014 at 3pm and 9pm.  Ron Bennington is the host of Unmasked and can also be heard weekdays from noon to 3pm on SiriusXM’s the Ron and Fez Show, and weekly on Ron Bennington Interviews.

Order BJ Novak’s book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” from Amazon.com and you can listen to BJ Novak reading an excerpt from his book “One More Thing” below.



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