Harmon in March 2012
January 3, 1973 |
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
|Occupation||Writer, producer, performer|
Heat Vision and Jack
Dan Harmon (born January 3, 1973) is an American writer and performer. He is the creator and former executive producer for the NBC television comedy series Community, and, along with Rob Schrab, a founder of the alternative television network/website Channel 101.
Early life 
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.
He is credited for writing part of Rob Schrab's comic book series Scud: The Disposable Assassin, as well the spin-off comic series La Cosa Nostroid.
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 18, 2012, it was announced that Harmon would no longer be the showrunner and executive producer of Community, but would remain on the show as a consultant. NBC head Bob Greenblatt told the Hollywood Reporter, "I [expect] Dan's voice to be a part of this show somehow. I'm just not sure if that means him running it day-to-day or consulting on it." Dan Harmon responded on his Tumblr blog, "That's a misquote. I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy, because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC." Continuing, Harmon indicated that beyond a contractually required position as "executive consulting something or other", he would no longer be involved in the creation of the show.
Since leaving Community, Harmon has been hosting a weekly live comedy show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood called Harmontown. The show is co-hosted by Jeff B. Davis and features an ongoing game of Dungeons and Dragons, with show Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden. The show frequently features guests, such as Eric Idle, Greg Proops, Jason Sudekis and Ryan Stiles. Harmon and Davis took the show on tour in early 2013, broadcasting from Austin, Nashville, Somerville, MA, Brooklyn, Rhode Island and more.
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. The show was recently picked up and will premiere in late 2013.
- Keveney, Bill (2007-03-23). "'Acceptable.TV' puts the Net in comic vignettes". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- Dan Harmon at the Internet Movie Database
- O'Connell, Michael (May 18, 2012). "'Community' Taps David Guarascio and Moses Port as New Showrunners". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- Harmon, Dan (May 19, 2012). "Hey, Did I Miss Anything?". Dan Harmon Poops. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- 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.