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Read a Beautiful Eulogy for Harris Wittels by His Sister Stephanie

It's been nearly two weeks since writer and comedian Harris Wittels tragically died at the age of 30, and since then there's been an outpouring of remembrance from fans and fellow comics who loved Harris for his many comedy contributions. Yesterday, Harris' sister Stephanie Wittels Wachs wrote a beautiful eulogy for him on Medium, and it's a wonderful but heartbreaking look into who Harris was on a personal level with family, friends, and what he was like growing up. Here's an excerpt:

I want to say that we will never get over this loss, that it has ruined our family, torn us apart, and left us [...]

A Day with Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall was my age. Well, a year older, but close enough.

Like most American comedy geeks, I first saw Mayall when MTV aired The Young Ones in the mid-80s. Loud, brash, violent, absurd, The Young Ones was unlike any other Britcom shown in the States. It became an instant hit, inspiring MTV to also air The Comic Strip Presents, short films featuring Mayall's generation: Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, and Mayall's longtime partner, Adrian Edmondson.

They were the children of Python; of Fawlty Towers, Ripping Yarns, and Rutland Weekend Television. They were the next wave, stripped down, frenetic, untidy. They remade and, for a time, [...]

Billy Eichner Remembers His Friend and "Greatest Champion" Joan Rivers

"Yes, she was an international star, but she was, first and foremost, a New Yorker. I'm not sure anyone embodied New York City more than Joan. The glamour, the ruthlessness, the persistence, the resilience, the lust for life, the tireless energy, the confidence, the loneliness, the hustle, the love of fashion, of money, of theater, of gay culture, the love of the game. Joan loved New York. Joan was New York."

- Bill Eichner remembers his "greatest champion" Joan Rivers in a new piece for Entertainment Weekly.

Chris Rock on Joan Rivers: "We Liked Johnny Carson, But We Loved Joan Rivers"

"There's a weird thing that happens in art when you meet somebody and they are 30 years older than you. But if you last in the business long enough, one day you're the same age–you're peers. The last few years, I would bump into her and talk comedy. I just loved Joan Rivers. My family, we watched The Tonight Show for Rivers. We liked Johnny Carson, but we loved Joan Rivers. I know I'm going to get shit for that. But that's how it was in Bed-Stuy."

- Chris Rock fondly remembers Joan Rivers and her brief stint as Tonight Show host for Variety.