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Little is known about Community‘s season finale, but here’s some intel to chew on: One, it’s in two parts. Two, here’s one celebrity guest you can expect to see: B.J. Novak.
EW has learned that the Office alum — whose first book was released this week and who will hit the big screen this spring in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — will make a cameo appearance in the first half of the finale. How exactly Novak factors into the story is being kept under wraps, but he plays what’s being described as “a TV star in a sexy new series.
The first half of the finale is expected to air on NBC in April.
David Cross, Chris Elliott, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Breaking Badcreator Vince Gilligan, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are among the other famous faces that will pop up in future installments of Community. New episodes of the fifth (and possibly final) season resume airing Feb. 27.
Since departing The Office less than one year ago, actor B. J. Novak has landed a supporting role in this winter’s Saving Mr. Banks, executive-produced 17 episodes of The Mindy Project, and filmed a role in this summer’s sure-to-be blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On a blistery night in New York City, VF Daily sat down with the Harvard grad at cozy East Village mainstay Gemma to discuss what might just be his most exciting project yet: his first book. On shelves this week, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is a collection of hilariously funny, often touching, sometimes absurd short stories.
VF Daily: You wrote for The Office, and you’ve been acting for so long. Was writing a book always something that you knew you wanted to do?
B . J. Novak: Yes and no. I always thought I would write a book someday, but I guess I didn’t expect it to turn out like this. Mindy [Kaling] wrote a book and told me, I want you to write a book and I don’t want you to wait until you’re 80. But it is not a natural instinct of mine to be personal. I feel I have a lot of interesting ideas, but I don’t feel I’m that interesting. I enjoy expressing playful thoughts in stand-up comedy or Twitter, or any forum like that. And then suddenly, after I left The Office, I started having thoughts in premises that were too long for Twitter and too emotional for stand-up. They were comic ideas, but I really wanted to see them through in a different way.
Former Office star and current executive producer of The Mindy Project, B.J. Novak dropped by Reddit earlier today to answer a few questions from fans and promote his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. During the comprehensive Q &A, Novak discussed what it was like to attend high school with Office co-star John Krasinski, his sometimes tumultuous relationship with pal Mindy Kaling and an alternateOffice ending in which Ryan Howard burns Dunder-Mifflin to the ground. Missed it? We’ve got you covered. Check out the most revealing tidbits below:
On the co-star he was closest to on The Office: “I was closest with Mindy Kaling, and also least close with Mindy Kaling, on a minute-by-minute basis. And I wouldn’t trade it for the word. Actually, I would trade it for the world. What am I talking about: I’d trade it for a more consistently positive relationship with Mindy Kaling. She’s the best.”
On The Office finale: “Yes. I think it was a really great final episode, and I love that the final episode acknowledged the impact that the documentary crew had on everyone’s lives, and also continued the story with the characters. And on a personal level I loved that Ryan literally ran off into the sunset with Kelly — but abandoned a baby in order to do so. So funny and dark and happy perfect. Greg Daniels deserves all the credit in the world for wrapping up the series the way he started it out.”
Back in October, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ viral website TheDailyBugle posted an article about how Oscorp’s head ofengineeringSpencer Smythe is making “significant advancements in robotics.” Smythe is a villain from the Spider-Man universe who invented the deadly Spider-Slayer robots to capture or kill the superhero.
Now,directorMarc Webb has unveiled that BJ Novak (Inglourious Basterds, “The Office”) will play Alistair Smythe, the son of Spencer, in the sequel. Even though Alistair eventually becomes a villain in the comics, it’s not clear how big his involvement will be in the film.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is set to hit theaters on May 2nd.
B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.
When we talk about a triple threat we’re often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series “The Office” where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.
And now he’s put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. That’s the name of his book of stories, “One More Thing.” An appropriate title for someone so multifaceted and as NPR’s Lynn Neary says the book is funny. She can also tell Novak used his acting instincts to create the book.
B.J. Novak believes in the wisdom of crowds. In one of his stand-up comedy bits, he reads one-liners from index cards, and tosses the jokes that don’t get a big enough laugh into a garbage can. He bounces material off everyone— friends, his agent, his manager, his personal assistant, his two brothers, his mother. So when he was writing his first book, a collection of short fiction, he did what he always does. He got up on stage in front of a crowded room, and tested the stories on a live audience.
For the past year and a half, Mr. Novak, who’s best known for his work as a writer and actor on the sitcom “The Office,” has been reading his fiction to packed rooms at comedy clubs and bookstores in New York and Los Angeles. He always took a pen onstage with him, jotting notes to himself, slashing paragraphs when he felt he lost the crowd.
“I had this instinct to bring the book on stage because I had been a stand-up, and any time I had an idea, I would take it on stage to feel out how it would work,” he said during a recent interview, sitting on the deck of his house overlooking the Hollywood Hills. “I thought, that’s what you do with what matters to you, you take it on stage.”
THAT B.J. NOVAK has a book coming out is no surprise. His Office costar — and onetime girlfriend and Cambridge native — Mindy Kaling published her essay collection in 2011. That same year, Tina Fey’s autobiographical book climbed bestseller lists. In 2012, Fey’s formerSNL castmate and Lexington-bred Rachel Dratch released her memoir. A compilation of witty advice is due from Girls creator Lena Dunham in October. Aziz Ansari, star of Parks and Recreation, has his take on modern relationships scheduled for 2015. For smart comedic actor/writers, a book deal seems like a requirement these days.
Hitting shelves February 4, Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is funny and, at times, surprisingly touching. It continues the impressive list of credits he’s been accumulating since he left for Los Angeles in 2001, the same week he graduated from Harvard. The brainy, affable 34-year-old grew up in Newton, where his parents still live, and went to Newton South High School. Since he landed on the West Coast he has, for the most part, been working steadily. His big break came in 2005 when NBC’s The Office debuted; Novak would serve at times as writer, cast member, director, and executive producer until it went off the air last year. Recently he has been promoting the December release of Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of the movie Mary Poppins; in it, he plays one of the Sherman brothers, who wrote the music for the famous Disney film. Then it’s on to his literary tour, essentially a live comedy act, to draw attention to a book that got rolling after a chance encounter with Jane Seymour. Really.
I’ve added Mindy’s biography page here.