Harris Wittels (born April 20, 1984) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician. He is best known as a writer for The Sarah Silverman Program, Parks and Recreation and as a recurring guest on Comedy Bang Bang.
Life and career
After performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, Wittels met Sarah Silverman and became a writer on The Sarah Silverman Program. When the show ended, Wittels became a staff writer for Parks and Recreation and became executive story editor during the second season, then later co-producer during the third season and producer during the fourth. His writing credits include the episodes "Media Blitz", "94 Meetings", and "Dave Returns". He has also appeared on the show as Harris, a dim-witted animal control employee. Wittels has also written for the programs Secret Girlfriend and Eastbound and Down. In 2012, Wittels was cast as a co-star in Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot Susan 313 along with June Diane Raphael and Tig Notaro, which was not picked up.
Wittels is a frequent guest on the Earwolf podcast Comedy Bang Bang and is known for the recurring segment "Harris' Foam Corner" (originally titled "Harris' Phone Corner", which debuted on Episode 31 of CBB), during which he reads jokes and observations saved on his phone that were deemed to be not good enough for his act. The jokes are typically lambasted by host Scott Aukerman. Also on the Earwolf network, Wittels hosts the Analyze Phish podcast, where he attempts to convince friends to enjoy the band Phish.
He is also the creator of the now defunct Twitter feed Humblebrag. He wrote for Grantland on the subject of notable "humblebrags", the act of boasting about your life and then downplaying it. Wittels wrote a Humblebrag book as well, which, according to him, did not sell very well. He has said several times since the book publishing that he's not maintaining the original Humblebrag Twitter page.
- Interview with Harris Wittels: Girls Want to Be Him, Guys Want to Date Him. Serial Optimist (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2012-05-15.
- Humblebrag (@Humblebrag) op Twitter. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-15.
- Harris Wittels Stories, Blogs, Podcasts. Grantland. Retrieved on 2012-05-15.