Dan Harmon

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Dan Harmon
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Harmon at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.
Born (1973-01-03) January 3, 1973 (age 41)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Occupation Writer, producer, performer
Known for Community
Rick and Morty
Channel 101
Monster House
Heat Vision and Jack

Dan Harmon (born January 3, 1973) is an American writer and performer. He created and produced the NBC television comedy series Community, co-created the Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty with Justin Roiland, and, along with Rob Schrab, founded the alternative television network/website Channel 101.

Early life[edit]

Harmon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, and attended Marquette University.


Harmon was a member of ComedySportz Milwaukee and also (alongside Rob Schrab) a member of the sketch troupe The Dead Alewives. They produced an album, Take Down the Grand Master, in 1996. Harmon frequently appeared at Milwaukee's Safehouse free comedy stage early in his career. A notable routine was a song about masturbation.

Dan Harmon at a panel for Community at PaleyFest 2010.

Harmon co-created the television pilot Heat Vision and Jack (starring Owen Wilson and Jack Black) and several Channel 101 shows, some featuring Jack Black, Drew Carey, and Sarah Silverman. He co-created Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program and served as head writer for several episodes. He was the creator, executive producer, and a featured performer in Acceptable.TV, a Channel 101-based sketch show airing for eight episodes in March 2007 on VH1. He and Rob Schrab co-wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated film Monster House.[2] He is credited for writing part of Rob Schrab's comic book series Scud: The Disposable Assassin, as well as the spin-off comic series La Cosa Nostroid.

In 2009, Harmon's pilot for Community was picked up by NBC and he served as executive producer and showrunner for 3 seasons until May 18, 2012, when it was announced that Harmon was being let go from his position on Community. On June 1, 2013, Harmon announced that he would be returning to Community;[3][4] this was confirmed by Sony Pictures on June 10.[5]

In July 2009, Harmon was nominated in two Emmy categories for his part in writing the Oscar telecast: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, the latter of which he was awarded for "Hugh Jackman Opening Number" at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

On May 23, 2011, Harmon began hosting a monthly live comedy show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood called Harmontown. After his firing from Community, the show became weekly. The show is co-hosted by Jeff B. Davis and features an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons with show Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden. The show has featured guests, such as Kumail Nanjiani, Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Idle, Greg Proops, Jason Sudekis, Ryan Stiles, as well as Harmon's fiancée, podcaster Erin McGathy.[6] In summer 2012, the weekly show became one of the first podcasts on the Feral Audio podcast collective recorded by the network's founder Dustin Marshall. Harmon and Davis took the show on tour in early 2013, broadcasting from Austin, Nashville, Somerville, MA, Brooklyn, Rhode Island, and more. The tour became the subject of a documentary produced by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) that follows Harmon, Davis, McGathy, and Crittenden. The documentary (Harmontown) premiered at the Austin Film Festival SXSW on March 8, 2014.[7][8]

For its fall 2012 season, Adult Swim ordered a 30-minute animated pilot from Harmon and Justin Roiland. The pilot, Rick & Morty, is about the life journeys of a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson.[9] The show premiered on December 2, 2013 and has already been renewed for a second season.[10]

Dan Harmon appears in a cameo role in episode two in season four of Arrested Development as the Yurt Clerk. He also has a guest spot as a voice actor in the Fox animated television series Axe Cop.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2013, Harmon became engaged to marry fellow podcaster Erin McGathy.[12] They both currently reside in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ Keveney, Bill (2007-03-23). "'Acceptable.TV' puts the Net in comic vignettes". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  2. ^ Dan Harmon at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Simpson, Connor (2013-06-01). "Dan Harmon Is Officially Returning to 'Community.'" TheAtlanticWire.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  4. ^ Harris, Aisha (2013-06-03). "The Brightest Timeline: Dan Harmon Returning to Community." Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 10, 2013). "DONE DEAL: Dan Harmon & Chris McKenna To Return To ‘Community’ For Season 5". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Twitter Page of Erin McGathy". 
  7. ^ DeFore, John (March 10, 2014). "Harmontown: SXSW Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lies, Erica (April 7, 2014). "Diving Into the Cult of Dan Harmon in 'Harmontown'". Splitsider. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rose, Lacey (May 15, 2012). "Upfronts 2012: Adult Swim Orders Eight Pilots, Including a Project From 'Community's' Dan Harmon". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (February 12, 2014). "Dan Harmon's 'Rick and Morty' Renewed for Second Season". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ FOX Releases ‘Axe Cop’ Voice Cast, Sets Saturday Animation Domination HD Premiere. Screencrush.com (2013-01-08). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  12. ^ McGathy, Erin (December 28, 2013). "Erin McGathy, "Engaged!"". Instagram. Instagram.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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