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SXSW: Dan Harmon Doesn’t Want to Be a Dick Anymore, Says Dan Harmon in “Harmontown”

On 17, Mar 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

More than anything, Dan Harmon wants to be the guy that makes people happy. The producer/comedian/writer is explicit about this in his documentary Harmontown. As much as the film is about following Harmon and his crew as they tour around the country with his comedy show/podcast Harmontown, it’s ultimately an emotional road trip for its star.

As director Neil Berkeley shows, namely through shots of Harmon’s intimate interactions with his fans, a.k.a. his “Harmenians,” people believe in Dan Harmon. And if you didn’t before, after this film, you will, too. Or at the very least, you’ll want to give him a long hug and tell him everything’s gonna be OK. For those only familiar with the man for his work on NBC’s Community, here’s a primer, as discussed in his documentary:

Dan Harmon travels with a Dungeon Master, Spencer Crittenden.

During every live show of Harmontown, Harmon brings up the twentysomething fanboy from L.A. to play a round of Dungeons and Dragons. Once, a fan who just came to Harmon’s show for the chance to play D&D with him. Now, that guy, Spencer Crittenden, has become the heart and soul of Harmontown, and the Harmon-proclaimed hero of his story. He’s not a joke at all. Rather, he’s the team’s wise little brother. Case in point, this quote: “I don’t think that people are aware of our mistakes more than we are.”

Harmon and Rob Schrab co-created a pilot called Heat Vision.

It starred Jack Black and was directed by Ben Stiller. This was in 1999. But it wasn’t picked up because it was ultimately “too weird” and was also allegedly 20th Century Fox’s most expensive pilot ever. The sci-fi show has since developed a cult following.

Sarah Silverman fired him from her show The Sarah Silverman Program.

Despite co-creating the show with Harmon and Rob Schrab, Silverman let Harmon go because he “made [her] feel bad inside.” As Rob Schrab, Jeff B. Davis, and Harmon himself admits, Harmon has a tendency to be too controlling. He struggles with authority and doesn’t like to be told what to do. Harmon’s departure from the show led to a falling out with Schrab.

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