He’s never coming back. He made people laugh, smile, and relish in being alive. “I don’t mind feeling the feelings,” she wrote in an article published on the first anniversary of his death. Also lets stop finding a new witch of the week and burning them at the stake. But the fact remains that Harris didn’t make people sad. Parks and Recreation writer and executive producer Harris Wittels, who died in 2014 at age 30, is being honored later this month at a festival just for him: His sister, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, is launching the first-ever Harris Phest — the title’s a reference to the comedian’s love for the band Phish — on April 20, what would have been his 33rd birthday. The venue features multiple nods to Wittels: “We are all horrible and wonderful and figuring it out,” something he tweeted in 2014, is hanging on one of its walls. So on his birthday, we want to celebrate him.”
Wittels Wachs has previously remembered her brother in essays on Medium, where she’s written about her experience with grief. I don’t know how to talk about them anymore. My brother is gone. “It’s easy to be sad about Harris no longer being with us,” Wittels Wachs told EW in a statement. And, that’s just the way it is.”
Harris Phest is presented by Rec Room, a space Wittels Wachs co-founded to nurture artists in the Houston area. “I feel unrelenting sadness every day. And, it hurts. “I welcome them, in fact. We are all horrible and wonderful and figuring it out. And, it will always hurt. The event will take place at Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery and feature a Phish cover band, Humblebraggot beer (Wittels coined the term “humblebrag” and later wrote a book about it in 2012), stand-up sets, and scenes from Wittels’ Parks and Rec scripts, along with a segment highlighting his best tweets. — Harris Wittels (@twittels) May 20, 2014
RSVP to Harris Phest here. Proceeds will go toward the Harris Wittels Fund, which gives scholarships to graduates of his alma mater. Show Full Article And, it sucks. I just don’t know what else to say about them.