BJ Novak: 'Delusional TV writer thinks he's Mark Twain'
“The idea, which came from Steve Carell’s background in improv and from show runner Greg Daniels, is that everything should proceed from honesty,” says Novak, who worked on the mockumentary-style series for its eight-season run. “If you do that, comedy and drama can be indistinguishable. If you are true to all these characters, they will naturally reveal themselves to be funny. You didn’t have to worry about chasing the joke.