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Harmontown and The Cult of Dan Harmon

On 04, Mar 2014 | In Featured, Press & News | By SBI

The Community creator is the subject of a new doc premiering at SXSW

March 4, AUSTIN, TX – It’s been a tumultuous ride for Dan Harmon fans, but things have steadily been looking up. Not only has Harmon returned to helmCommunity, the show he was sacked from in 2012 — but on March 8 at SXSW, fans will be able to see the premiere of the feature-length documentary about the TV legend called Harmontown.

The trailer for the doc recaps the rollercoaster that has been Harmon’s career over the past several years. Though he was the creator and showrunner of NBC’s Community — a critically adored, hilariously meta comedy with a small but dedicated fan base — Harmon found himself without a job when it was announced that he would no longer be running the show and that Sony, which produces the series, had hired two writers — David Guarascio and Moses Port — to replace him for the comedy’s fourth season.

At the time, Harmon wrote on his Tumblr, “[B]ecause nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago. I’m sorry…. I’m not running Community for season 4. They replaced me. Them’s the facts.” Harmon also added that the people who had canned him — NBC bigwigs — were most definitely not his “friends.” The post was liked and shared more than 13,000 times by the writer’s realfriends — his fans.

Newly unemployed, Harmon followed his sacking by taking the live, drunken and freewheeling comedy shows he did while recording his podcast, “Harmontown,” out on the road. The shows became his “avenue in which to vent,” according to the documentary’s teaser. And vent he did, as the trailer vividly shows Harmon mouthing off and drinking heavily on-stage in front of audiences filled with adoring fans.

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