Harris Wittels, a comedian and co-executive producer of Parks and Recreation, has died at the age of 30. Wittels was found in his L.A. home on Thursday. While the official cause of death is not yet known, the Los Angeles Police Department tells EW it appears to have been an overdose. Read more at EW (CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE)
Everytime a comic dies under these circumstances I rant!
Other just mourn. I get angry!!!
Another great comic is taken by drug overdose?
How many have to die before our community screams out against use of narcotics?
I call upon all comics and friends of the community to denounce the use of drugs. Lets clean up our own community. If you are an enabler – you deal or look the other way – SHAME! If I see it in the clubs I am calling the cops. I would rather be a snitch than a pallbearer!!!.
If you need help, GET IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
If you have no one else – CALL ME PLEASE!!!
Drugs kill our colleagues far to often. Or they destroy us to the point we take our own lives. Or often they just destroy our careers because we are out of control. We stop short of death but no one wants to work with us. There are many other ways to get creative juices flowing. This is and will never be a good choice to make!!!
Amy Poehler, Harris Wittels’ star, made a joke about Cocaine being one of the original producers of SNL at #SNL40. I laughed at first. I cried when the classic John Belushi short screened.
“I’m going to out live them all!” The elderly Belushi cries as he dances on their graves like Zorba.
Funny stops when reality hits and we remember John, Chris, Robin, Philip…. and all the folks that took their life because it felt out of control, unlivable…
EW ARTICLE BY DAN SNIERSON
Harris Wittels, a comedian and co-executive producer of Parks and Recreation, has died at the age of 30.
Wittels was found in his L.A. home on Thursday. While the official cause of death is not yet known, the Los Angeles Police Department tells EW it appears to have been an overdose.
A bright stand-up and writer, Wittels penned many key Parksepisodes, including “94 Meetings,” “Road Trip,” “The Treaty,” and “Filibuster,” as well as the second episode of the current and final season, “Ron and Jammy.” He appeared multiple times on the NBC sitcom as Pawnee Animal Control employee Harris, popping up most recently in the Feb. 10 episode. The Emerson College grad got his break as a writer on The Sarah Silverman Program, also served a writer-producer on Eastbound and Down and Secret Girlfriend, and was a frequent guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. He teamed up with Silverman again to co-star in her 2012 NBC pilot Susan 313, which did not get picked up.
Wittels, who spoke of his battle with addiction and went to rehab, was the drummer of the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die. He also was known for coining the term “humblebrag,” which he turned into a popular Twitter feed, and in 2012 he wrote the book Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty about the phenomenon that he called “a specific type of bragging which masks the brag in a faux-humble guise.”
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office did not have any further details on Wittels’ death.