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Rest In Peace Harris Wittels

JR Berard

If there truly is a God, could you please stop taking the good ones. Before yesterday, all I could have told you about Wittels was that he is one half of my favorite television Animal Control officers from NBC’s Parks and Rec. What I couldn’t have told you about were his involvement on some of my favorite shows of the past ten years, Eastbound & Down, Secret Girlfriend, and The Sarah Silverman Program. 

After learning how much of what I’ve come to love over the past decade that Wittles had a direct hand in, its easy to see and understand how many of the comedians and people in the entertainment industry are heartbroken at the loss of their dear friend, who was talented beyond compare.

Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler honored her friend Wittles at an event put on by Variety, stating: “Today, I lost a friend. … I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction.” Poehler was being honored for her global work with underprivileged children. “I’m sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line every day. … I don’t really feel like telling any jokes. I’m kind of sad, and it’s really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called ‘Hollywood.’ … It’s very strange.”

The internet was full of people voicing their disbelief and outspoken love after the news of Wittles’ death:

Such heartbreaking news about Harris Wittels. A really funny guy.

— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 20, 2015

I knew and loved @twittels #humblebrag

— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) February 20, 2015

Don’t know what to say. Harris Wittels was a fantastic writer I had the pleasure to work with at Parks and Rec. So so sad. RIP Harris.

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 20, 2015

Harris Wittels rip. He was a beloved son of the comedy world

— matt walsh (@mrmattwalsh) February 20, 2015

He was my baby. I just keep thinking of superman flying backwards around the earth. I wish I could do that. I’m so mad at you Harris

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015

You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything.

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015

That his heart was big and he FELT hard. That he was someone who would reach out to tell you he was thinking of you for no particular reason

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015

That he was honest even if it was gonna piss u off or make him look shitty. He told the truth. Even when it was ugly. Even when he lied.

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2015

He was Emily’s favorite stand up to watch. She got so excited whenever she booked him for meltdown. He did it last night.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 20, 2015

I mean, look at his tweets. One of them made me laugh even right now. This pic is from LAST NIGHT. Fuck.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 20, 2015

RIP and thank you, Harris Wittels.

— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 20, 2015

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