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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 [...]

Humblebrags, Now In Book Form

If you liked @humblebrag, the twitter account by Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels about people bragging with faux humility, there's a decent chance you will also enjoy Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, which is the book version of said twitter account. Now available for pre-order, which I suggest you humbly brag about on twitter after you do so.

Harris Wittels and June Diane Raphael Have Joined Sarah Silverman's NBC Pilot

Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot pulled off a one-two punch of great casting today with Harris Wittels (Parks and Rec writer and Humblebrag creator) and June Diane Raphael (How Did This Get Made? podcaster and Paul Scheer marryer). Both of them will play neighbors of Silverman's character, Susan: Wittels is a "short, hipster, endearing" fan of Susan's, and Raphael is her ex-best friend, abandoned when Susan "disappeared into a relationship ten years ago." Sounds promising!

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 [...]

Harris Wittels Signs Overall Deal with Universal TV

It seems like Harris's Foam Corner is going to get a lot foamier. (In that sentence foam represented success, I guess?) Harris just signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV, which will keep him working on Parks & Recreation, where he has been since nearly the beginning. This comes after he almost had to leave the show when he was cast in the recent failed Sarah Silverman pilot. Beyond working on Parks, he'll be developing new projects for the studio. Not to mention, the variety of other film and television projects he already had in the works. It must SO hard for him not to Humblebrag.

Parks & Rec's Harris Wittels on Humblebrags and Internet Comments

This AV Club interview with Parks & Recreation writer Harris Wittels delves into the genesis of the Humblebrag Twitter account, back in the day when each retweet was accompanied by a “Hey guys, if you’re gonna brag, don’t be humble about it!” I can see why he shortened it. That's 57 characters right there. Wittels also talks about getting his first job on The Sarah Silverman Program at 22 and getting manhandled at a Phish concert for quietly peeing by a guy having a bad trip. Been there, am I right?

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 [...]

Two High-Ranking 'Community' Producers Leave for Fox

Vulture is reporting Community Executive Producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan have signed a big deal to create television for 20th Century Fox. Goldman and Donovan have been Dan Harmon's number twos since the premiere (and the namesakes for Fat Neil and Garrett, respectively) so the loss is significant. This doesn't reveal anything about Community's renewal future but let's all just agree to pretend that it's definitely great news, for some reason. It does reveal that Fox is making a hard push towards live action sitcoms, something that before New Girl hadn't been their strong suit for a while. First The Office's Mindy Kaling then 30 Rock's [...]