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 [...]
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, [...]