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'The Office' star B.J. Novak returns home to Newton for an event at Newton South High School.

Posted by Derek McLean  November 16, 2011 09:11 AM

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(Freshmen and Senior yearbook photos, Courtesy Newton South High School library)

Not even the busy life of being an actor, writer, and a producer for ‘The Office,’ one of the most popular television shows in the country, can keep B.J. Novak from returning home and reconnecting with his roots.

The NBC comedy show star will return to Newton South High School on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for ‘An Evening with B.J. Novak: The Comeback (to the South) Tour,’ at the school’s auditorium.

“I think people are pretty excited that he is coming to do this show,” said Linda Novak, B.J.’s mother and one of the event’s organizers. “There are a lot of hardcore ‘Office’ fans right in the high school.”

Novak said her son, who was born and raised in Newton and graduated from Newton South in 1997, will likely perform some new material, talk about his show, his career path, and answer questions about what it's like to work in Hollywood.

“I am very proud of him. He’s so far had a terrific career and sort of quickly became really successful,” said Novak. “I think he’s always been talented at writing, he’s done a lot of plays and he seems to have taken off really fast in a way, so its really exciting.”

The event is sponsored by Southside Community, a special education program located at Newton South High School, designed to provide academic and therapeutic support to students in grades 9 through 12. Linda Novak is a Southside teaching assistant.

B.J. has made his way back to Newton South High School before. He has spoken at an English class for a teacher he felt gave him a good foundation for writing, over the past few years. Novak said her son was the one who suggested that he do something to help the school and the Southside program.

All profits raised by the event will be used to help offset the Southside program's operating expenses.

“He’s a great guy. He’s a nice human being as well. That’s probably the thing I’m most proud of,” said Novak.

Tickets went on sale at the school cafeteria on Nov. 7th. So far around 300 tickets have been sold to the event. About 100 tickets remain. Novak expects the show will sell out.

“Tickets are selling briskly in the cafeteria. There is a lot of buzz about it,” she said. “Many people are lining up and are really excited, buying lots of tickets.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. To pre-order a ticket contact Linda Novak at

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