Parks and Rec writer will be honoured with festival

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

The late Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels will be honoured with a festival in his name.

Wittels died in February 2015 due to a heroin overdose. Following his tragic passing, his sister Stephanie is launching a festival in his honour.

'Harris-Phest' will take place at Houston's 8th Wonder Brewery in Texas on April 20, which would have been the writer's 33rd birthday.

The event will feature stand-up sets and scenes from his Parks and Rec scripts, along with a segment highlighting his funniest tweets.

All proceeds will go toward the Harris Wittels Fund, which gives scholarships to graduates of his alma mater.

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"It's easy to be sad about Harris no longer being with us," Stephanie told EW. "I feel unrelenting sadness every day. But the fact remains that Harris didn't make people sad.

"He made people laugh, smile, and relish in being alive. So on his birthday, we want to celebrate him."

Wittels was a celebrated comedy writer.

As well as writing for Parks and Recreations, he served as an executive producer and acted on the series, playing one of the goofball animal control guys in a recurring role.

Before his death, Harris was cast as Aziz Ansari's best friend in Netflix series Master of None, and is renowned for coining the term "humblebrag" and later writing a book about it.

He has previously been paid tribute to by Aziz, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler and was also honoured in the finale frame of the last ever Parks and Rec.

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You can RSVP to Harris-Phest here.

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