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B.J. Novak Is a Wahlburgers Super Fan

"It's about these unbelievable family dynamics and what powers a phenomenon like Mark Wahlberg," explains Novak.
  • A&E's Wahlburgers finished its run in 2019, but it's still very top of mind for B.J. Novak, who confessed that he's watched all 95 episodes in a new interview with Conan O'Brien.

    "I used to say I'm from Boston," explained Novak, "until I saw Wahlburgers. I've seen every episode of Wahlburgers, and I'm like, oh my God, I'm not from Boston. If I ever ran into any — and Mark Wahlberg was like 'Oh you're from Boston, what part?' I'd be like, 'Uh, well, uh, you know, the thing is Mark...'"

    "I was like, this is the most exotic place I've ever seen," Novak continued. "That's Boston. I'm from Massachusetts."

    Novak went on to call Wahlburgers a "fascinating show."

    "If you take one thing away from this episode, it's watch Wahlburgers," said O'Brien.

    Wahlburgers is a reality series that aired for 10 seasons, from 2014-2019, based on the burger restaurant and bar Wahlburgers, a chain of restaurants started in the Boston town of Hingham, Massachusetts. The restaurant is owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his two brothers, actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg.

    Speaking with O'Brien, Novak described the family dynamics on the show and how Alma, the mother, "thinks Donnie Wahlberg is the biggest star in the world, and Mark is still trying to ride his coattails. And like, there's no convincing Alma."

    "The show doesn't know what it's really about," said Novak. "They think it's about a restaurant, but it's about these unbelievable family dynamics and what powers a phenomenon like Mark Wahlberg."

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    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: B.J. Novak, Wahlburgers, Conan O'Brien, Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg