Harris Wittels

A writer, producer and stand-up, multi-talented Harris Wittels was an instrumental figure behind some of the greatest American TV comedies of the 21st century. A film/video production graduate of Emerson College ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

Parks and Recreation 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ronna & Beverly 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sarah Silverman Program 2007 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Secret Girlfriend 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

The 2008 American Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

A writer, producer and stand-up, multi-talented Harris Wittels was an instrumental figure behind some of the greatest American TV comedies of the 21st century. A film/video production graduate of Emerson College, Wittels was discovered by Sarah Silverman, who invited him to write for her eponymous Comedy Central show, a role which led to similar gigs on several MTV Award ceremonies. Wittels also showcased his skills as a performer on the likes of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (IFC, 2012- ) and various hit podcasts, but it was behind the scenes where he began to shoot up the comedy ranks. After helping to develop innovative dating satire "Secret Girlfriend" (Comedy Central, 2009), Wittels landed an executive story editor job on the second season of "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-15) and was promoted to co-producer for its third and executive producer for its fourth. Wittels also appeared on the show as dim-witted animal controller Harris, and served as writer/producer on a number of "Eastbound and Down" (HBO, 2009-13) episodes. But his highly promising career was tragically cut short in 2015 when he died of a suspected drug overdose, aged just 30.

EDUCATION

Emerson College

Milestones

2012

Writes two episodes of "Eastbound and Down" (HBO, 2009-2013).

2009

Lands writing job on second season of "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-2015)

2007

Hired to write scripts for both MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards

2007

Discovered by Sarah Silverman at stand-up show

Bonus Trivia

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Wittels played drums and provided backing vocals in the band, Don't Stop or We'll Die, which also featured comedians Paul Rust and Michael Cassady.

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Wittels hosted the "Analyze Phish" podcast on the Earwolf Network, where he attempted to convince friends to enjoy the band Phish.

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Wittels was cast as a co-star in Sarah Silverman's 2012 NBC pilot, "Susan 13," but the show wasn't picked up.

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Wittels made his directorial debut with the short film, "The Badger's Promise" (2013).

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