Harris Wittels, an executive producer and writer on Parks and Recreation, was found dead in his home today. You probably recognize Wittels from his small but fantastically memorable role on the show as Harris, the Animal Control flunky.
Wittels, who was only 30 years old, was found by his assistant after a call about a possible overdose. In addition to Parks and Recreation, he was also a stand-up comedian, a writer for a number of shows including The Sarah Silverman program, and the writer of the book Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, based on his @Humblebrag Twitter account. Based on the outpouring from his friends and coworkers on Twitter, he was also an all-around awesome guy and will be missed tremendously.
He was my baby. I just keep thinking of superman flying backwards around the earth. I wish I could do that. I'm so mad at you Harris— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015
You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015
That his heart was big and he FELT hard. That he was someone who would reach out to tell you he was thinking of you for no particular reason— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015
That he was honest even if it was gonna piss u off or make him look shitty. He told the truth. Even when it was ugly. Even when he lied.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015