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Harris Wittels
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Book Description

September 25, 2012
From comedian and writer (Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints-based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed.

Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were ever-so-thinly disguised as transparent humility, such as:


"Just filed my taxes. Biggie was right, mo money mo problems."


"I hate when I go into a store to get something to eat and the male staff are too busy hitting on me to get my order right :( so annoying!"


Taking action by naming this phenomenon and creating the Twitter account called Humblebrag-dedicated solely to retweeting the humblebrags of others-Wittels's new word took the Internet by storm. Harris also shows readers what humblebrags might look like from some of history's most notable names, as well as devoting an entire chapter to a man who just might be the greatest humblebraggart of them all...

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"Harris Wittels is a hilarious performer and writer and with this book he has coined a new term for that thing that drives us crazy. But honestly, I don't know how I feel about this whole thing. It makes me nervous." -Amy Poehler

"Great, Harris. This is a really good use of your time." -Mindy Kaling, comedian and NYT bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

"HUMBLEBRAG: The Art of False Modesty is an amazing assembly of hilariousness and an anthology of heartbreaking insecurity. Enjoy it-but don't forget how sad it is." -Sarah Silverman, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter

"I haven't read this, and never intend to, but Harris is my friend, so I feel obligated to give him a 'blurb' for his book. He's a funny writer...I'm sure it's not that bad." -Aziz Ansari, comedian, NBC's Parks and Recreation

"I can't believe they asked me of all people to blurb a bestselling book! Weird." -Bill Simmons, ESPN columnist and New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Basketball

"So weird to be asked to write a blurb for this amazing book when they passed over Alec Baldwin, Bono and The Pope. Like I'm ANYWHERE near as important as those guys. I mean, I DO have more Twitter followers than Baldwin. Oh well." -Patton Oswalt, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

"Since the dawn of man, bragging has been evolving, growing more elusive and resilient. Thank you, Harris Wittels, for identifying the new strain, the "humblebrag." Humanity is forever in your debt. -Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend

About the Author

Harris Wittels currently writes for NBC's Parks and Recreation (on which he sometimes appears as Harris, the Animal Control guy). He has also written for HBO's acclaimed series, Eastbound & Down, Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, MTV's Human Giant, and the MTV Video Music Awards. He has several feature film projects in development with Universal, Mandate Pictures, and Scott Rudin Productions.

In addition to his writing, Wittels regularly tours the country performing stand-up comedy with such comics as Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., and Aziz Ansari. His stand-up has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and Showtime's Live Nude Comedy. He was also on Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" list for 2011.

Harris Wittels lives in Los Angeles, California.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455514187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455514182
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wittels' effortless humor is endlessly funny. October 7, 2012
By Valerie
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There aren't many books that can make you laugh out loud repeatedly while reading them on a treadmill. I can't tell you why I needed to include that I was on a treadmill, it just felt relevant since laughing while you run is particularly strange, but I think it's likely that Harris Wittels' book has turned me into a shittier version of myself. You see, he has made it so I am now all too aware of one's need to brag about things that no one else cares to hear about, and I'm finding myself wanting to brag - humbly and the old-fashioned way - so much more now that I've read this book. And I read it once at the gym - over multiple days, it's a fair-sized book, then immediately read it again aloud to my boyfriend. This book is that good and I think I just bragged again.

Harris' sense of humor is kind of don't-give-a-shit. He's very cynical and sometimes filled with hatred for the people writing these humblebrags - which I love - but he's also laid back about the whole thing. He'll often respond to a horrendously annoying tweet with something as simple as "Dude, just stop" or "Why did you say that?". He is brilliant and I can't even express how much joy I got out of reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book while on a trip to Cuba ... March 1, 2015
By Tim
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I read this book while on a trip to Cuba. When I returned I learned Harris Wittels had passed away and it really shook me up. I've been a huge fan of Harris since he first started appearing on the podcast Comedy Bang Bang. This book contains his classic wit bringing to life the humblebrags we're all guilty of. Also, f*** skinny attractive people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harris Wittels rocks! December 14, 2014
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I'm so proud of Harris Wittels, one of my theatre students from years back at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. May his career as a writer of comedy continue to rise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, just like Wittels. June 6, 2015
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I was already a fan of Harris for years, mainly from listening to his episodes of CBB and following him on social media. But honestly, I never intended to read this book. The idea of reading a book of tweets (as he calls it- an Urban Outfitters book) just wasn't that appealing to me. But after his passing, I felt compelled to listen to every podcast I could find with him and read this book, because I know I won't ever get to hear a new joke from him and he was so unbelievably funny and entertaining. This book is no different. Harris will truly be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Harris. I was rooting for him after hearing ... February 20, 2015
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RIP Harris. I was rooting for him after hearing his honest discussion of his drug usage on Pete Holmes' podcast. Tragic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, because it's so true May 16, 2014
By Teresa
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And I am soooo guilty of this myself! Reading through it, I alternated between laughing at the entries and laughing at myself. I'm going to have to quit humblebragging, methinks. I might as well just brag or shush. :P

Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! August 30, 2013
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I laughed so hard that tears ran down my face! I kept trying to read portions to my son, but I was often laughing so hard that he couldn't understand me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snarky and very fun to read February 26, 2013
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I really enjoy the author's sense of humor, and it's easy to take pleasure in seeing people called out on their humblebrags. I love the snarky comments that follow each tweet. After reading the sample I knew I needed to read the whole thing.
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