Harris Wittels, comedian and executive producer/writer for Parks and Recreation, died on February 19 of a drug overdose. He was only 30.
Wittels is credited with coining the term humblebrag, in which the braggart downplays an awesome experience, achievement, or aspect of their life by couching it in ostentatious modesty. He also ran a podcast called Analyze Phish, in which he, a devoted phan, and sometimes also a guest tried to convert neophyte Scott Aukerman (of Comedy Bang! Bang!) to phandom.
Wittels spoke of his struggles with drug abuse with great candor on Pete Holmes’s You Made It Weird podcast back in November. Sadly, it seems he never received the relief or succor he so desperately needed and wanted. If you struggle with the same issues, do not hesitate to seek help.
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