Attended Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts. His high school classmate, John Krasinski, is now a co-star on The Office (2005).
Son of Linda and noted ghostwriter William Novak.
Graduate of Harvard University - degree in English and Spanish literature. He wrote a thesis about the films of Hamlet.
Brother of Jesse Novak, former member of Olde English Sketch Comedy.
Performing at "Comedy for a Cure" at Loyola Marymount University. [December 2009]
His parents are both from Jewish families (from Romania, Russia, and Austria). His mother's maiden name, "Manaly", had been "Manalovitz" or "Manalovici" several generations back.