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This New Music Video Featuring Harris Wittels Is Pretty Wonderful

Harris Wittels wasn't just a standup, writer/producer, and frequent podcaster — he was also one-third of the band Don't Stop or We'll Die alongside comedians Paul Rust and Michael Cassady. JASH uploaded their new music video today for "Lisa," and it features Natasha Leggero, Tig Notaro, Shelby Fero, Lauren Lapkus, Todd Glass, and tons more. "Harris was super excited for everyone to see it. The video was really fun to make and we feel it perfectly captures how much joy making music brought him," JASH says. "Our hope is it helps everyone remember Harris as we remember him— funny, goofy and lovable."

Remembering Harris Wittels

The comedy community was dealt a huge blow yesterday when comedian and Parks and Recreation writer/producer Harris Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles home of an apparent overdose. He was just 30 years old. Since then, countless friends, fans, and collaborators have been expressing their condolences and love for such a tragically short-lived talent, including Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler last night during a charity event: "Today, I lost a friend," she said. "I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction. I’m sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that [...]

Don't Stop Or We'll Die Released Their First Full-Length Album Today

Power piano pop-rock trio Don't Stop or We'll Die announced today that they've just put out a new album called Gorgeous, their first full-length release. The band, consisting of comedians Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) on vocals, Michael Cassady (Drunk History) on piano and vocals, and Harris Wittels (Parks and Recreation) on drums, has performed on Comedy Bang! Bang! twice and has released music videos via Funny Or Die. Gorgeous is their first full-length album following two EPs, 2008's The Ballad of Bird and Fox and 2011's One of the Gang.

The 11 Best 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Characters and Impersonations

And so here we are, the day of the second season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang!, the television show based on the funny podcast and former live showcase of the same name. Scott Aukerman and company have managed to take the successful, idiosyncratic style of humor from one medium to another, so much so that IFC is trusting them to put twenty new episodes on the air this season, twice as many as last year. But while some of the characters and impersonations have found their way to the small screen, the element of letting the listener's imagination run wild along with the routines, not to mention the much [...]

Kevin from 'The Office' Is Getting a New Show Too

Following in the footsteps of his fellow Office stars Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, and Craig Robinson, Brian Baumgartner, who plays slow accountant Kevin, is lining up a new series for next year after The Office ends its run in the spring. In a new comedy sold to ABC, Baumgartner will play the lead, "a mid-level airline executive trying to experience winning again," Deadline reports. Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels is creating the show, which Office/Parks and Rec head honcho Greg Daniels will produce. Other Office-related shows in development right now are Rainn Wilson's Dwight spin-off at NBC, Angela Kinsey's Dirty Blondes with Rachael Harris at [...]

Our Favorite Harris Wittels Podcast Appearances

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Last week, the comedy world lost one of its own when standup and Parks and Recreation writer/co-executive producer Harris Wittels tragically died at the age of 30. To celebrate [...]

RIP Harris Wittels

Heartbreaking news: Earlier this afternoon, comedian and Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels was found dead in his home in Los Angeles. The exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but it's believed to be a drug overdose. Wittels has spoken about his struggles with sobriety many times in both his standup and podcast appearances, most notably during an episode of You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes in November.

In addition to his work on Parks and Rec, Wittels has written and produced for The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound & Down, and he was also the mastermind behind Humblebrag. Wittels was [...]

Watch the Sarah Silverman Pilot That NBC Didn't Pick Up

In 2012, NBC passed on Sarah Silverman's pitot Susan 313, about a woman moving back into her old apartment following a breakup. This morning, Silverman's YouTube network Jash has posted the entire pilot, with a very sweet intro from Silverman. The pilot also stars Tig Notaro, Harris Wittels, June Diane Raphael, and guest star Jeff Goldblum as her ex.

Talking to Armen Weitzman About MTV's 'Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous'

It's been a busy year for Armen Weitzman. The comedy actor/writer joined the cast of the Yahoo! web series Burning Love for its third season, has been working on a movie script with writing partner Harris Wittels, and he's playing his first regular TV role as comedian Bo Burnham's sidekick on the MTV show Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. I recently had the chance to talk to Weitzman about Zach Stone, his beginnings in comedy, and relating to the characters he plays.

Harris Wittels’s Fancy Celebrity Friends Don’t Have Time for Him and His New 'Humblebrag' Book

As if Harris Wittels wasn’t already putting all other 20somethings to shame with his busy career as a standup, sitcom writer (splitting his time between Parks and Rec and Eastbound and Down currently), musician, and podcast personality, he can now add “author” to his overflowing resume. His new book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, hits the shelves today. It’s based on his wildly-popular Twitter feed @humblebrag, where he’s been retweeting people’s falsely-modest Twitter boasts to much acclaim. Wittels wrote and starred in this new Funny or Die trailer for the Humblebrag book, and the trailer’s a little bit of a humblebrag itself as it shows him [...]

Listen to the Final 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' with Harris Wittels

Scott Aukerman originally hadn't planned to release the latest episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! featuring Adam Scott, Chelsea Peretti, and Harris Wittels, but with the encouragement of his friends and those who knew Wittels before his tragic death last week, Aukerman ultimately decided to share the final Wittels CBB today. Aukerman's intro to the episode is an especially tough listen; here's an excerpt from it:

So a few days ago I didn't know if I wanted to even put out a show this week or put out a show next week, or, you know, even why continue? Why keep doing this stupid show? But in the conversation [...]

Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman on Making Their Short Film Directorial Debut

A group friends going on a mushroom trip sounds like it would make for an uproarious comedy, but Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman’s new short film The Badger’s Promise surprises with some pretty dark humor. Nonetheless, the pair’s directorial debut, which they recently put online and are entering into film festivals soon, is hilarious, and the writing partners hope to do more in the future.

The two both worked for The Sarah Silverman Program and have been busy since then. Wittels writes and produces for Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from his frequent appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! or for playing the character "Harris," one of [...]

NBC Buys Comedies from Harris Wittels and Dan Mazer

NBC is developing two new comedies for next season from well-known comedy writers. The first is an untitled show from Harris Wittels, a writer on Parks and Recreation and Eastbound & Down who's a regular on the podcast Comedy Bang Bang. The comedy follows a slacker who lives with his parents and is always disagreeing with them on how to raise his brother, a multimillionaire teen entrepreneur. Wittels is writing the script solo, while his fellow Parks and Rec writer/producer Alexandra Rushfield, is supervising.

NBC's other recent comedy buy is a show created by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen's longtime writing partner who co-scripted Borat and Brüno with [...]

Scott Aukerman Finally Explains the Origins of Harris Wittels's Beloved "Jack from the Lumberyard" Character

"Harris Wittels… asked if he could debut sort of an anti-comedy character. The character was 'Jack From The Lumberyard,' and what he wanted to do was play this character and actively try to never say anything funny… which is really difficult as a comedian, because your natural timing takes over, and even if you’re not saying anything funny, the timing can be funny. So it was a really interesting choice for him to try to do something that was never funny and never interesting. That was the other part of it: It could never be interesting… he was talking to Adam Scott at Parks and Recreation, where Harris is a [...]