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These days, Harris Wittels is either sitting down or standing up.
“I love doing standup, and I tour a lot with Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K.” says the Houston native, who’s appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and Showtime’s “Live Nude Comedy.” In addition, Wittels regularly does sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. “My stuff is half weird sexual stories, half weird observations — neurotic but hopefully honest.”
But Wittels says he’s also “a big fan of sitting down a lot,” which he gets to do as a writer/co-producer on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (he sometimes appears as Harris, the Animal Control guy) and a writer on the upcoming third season of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.”
The self-confessed workaholic (he also created the popular Twitter feed “Humblebrag”) has also set his sights on movies. First up is “Olympic Size Asshole” for Mandate Pictures, which is set to star Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride. “It’s a sexual revenge comedy, and I’m really hoping we keep the title,” reports Wittels, who also co-wrote (with partner Armen Weitzman) another comedy “about some dads who have to rescue their kids from a huge music festival” for producer Scott Rudin.
“I come from a funny family, but I’m the first to go into comedy professionally,” says Wittels, who got his big break performing at Largo in 2006. “Sarah Silverman saw me, we chatted, and then a few months later she invited me to submit stuff for her show. That was the start of everything. I owe her a lot.”
P.O.V.: “What’s the deal with Half and Half? They should just call it One,” he jokes. “It’s stupid but it gets a big laugh.”
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10 COMICS TO WATCH
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