"It Was Just So Intellectually Stimulating And Inspiring; It Was All I Wanted To Do"
WC: You said you have a brother -- that's the only sibling?
BJN: No, I have two brothers. One lives in New York; he's twenty-three. And my littlest brother is fourteen. My parents are there. But because I have a little brother who just started high school, it's still very homey to go back to my hometown.
WC: When you're not depressed about how antisocial L.A. is--
BJN: That was just one weekend!
WC: What do you do for fun when you're not working?
BJN: I think about travel. I look up places to travel online, and watch the Travel Channel, so that's a good hobby. I haven't gone anywhere in a long time. Travel is impossible, but daydreaming about travel is easy. I do standup, which is kind of like a work thing, but I enjoy it a lot, and it leads to being social a lot. You know, I didn't have a job for a year and a half before The Office, so I just did standup every night, and that became my social life, too, because then you finish your set and you're in a bar with ten other people that you know. Good comics gravitate to each other; you know who's your type of person by watching them onstage, hopefully. And, I don't know. I like to read. I like...long walks on the beach. Stuff like that.
WC: Fortunately, there is a beach in L.A.
BJN: Yeah, I love going to Malibu; I love that about L.A. I love the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax. And I love Zuma Beach in Malibu, and I love In 'N Out Burgers. I love the Coffee Bean. And the hike above Griffith Park on a clear day. Those are my five favorite things about L.A.
WC: Not all the proximity to showbiz glamour?
BJN: When I worked at Paramount, my first job here, I wandered into a Coke commercial. I thought it was a real carnival. And I was like, "L.A. is so nice!" I thought Paramount had thrown this free thing for local kids, you know? And I was walking through, and there were all these kids playing hopscotch, and cotton-candy vendors and pizza, and music, and somehow the guards had just let me walk right in. So I was in a Coke commercial.
WC: That should have been the tip-off, the hopscotch. Kids don't play hopscotch anymore.
BJN: Right! There were a lot of tip-offs, in retrospect.
WC: Maybe the "Quiet on the set."