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Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon is an American writer, producer, actor and comedian. He was born on the 3rd of January 1973, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Glendale Community College, which would later be the inspiration for his hit T.V. show “Community.”

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In Harmon’s early career he was a member of ComedySportz which is an improvisational comedy organization with a similar format to the T.V. Series “Whose line is it anyway?”.  This is where Harmon met Rob Schrab, who co-wrote the Pilot “Heat Vision and Jack” which developed a cult following even though it wasn’t taken on as a full Series. They further went to co-write “The Sarah Silverman Program” alongside Sarah Silverman and “Monster House”.

Community and Rick and Morty

In 2009 Harmons Sitcom “Community” was chosen to air on NBC He served as Executive Producer and Showrunner up until 2012, until he was fired. However backed massively by the cast especially Joel McHale, he returned to the show in 2014 serving as co-showrunner with Chris McKenna. The show was cancelled shortly but then reborn by Yahoo! for its fifth season. The sixth season soon followed, without a formal ending. There is still demand for a “community” movie that was the mantra of the show ‘Six seasons and a movie’.

In the middle Harmons ‘break’ from “Community” he went on to work on an animated T.V. Series alongside Justin Roiland, backed by Adult Swim they created the Pilot for “Rick and Morty”. The show first aired in 2013 and has been running for four seasons. The show has been incredibly successful and has a very loyal following.

Dan Harmon – Storytelling Technique

Harmon is also well known for creating the Storytelling technique known as “Story Circle”. The technique is an eight-step process for developing a coherent story;

  1. A character is in a zone of comfort or familiarity.
  2. They desire something.
  3. They enter an unfamiliar situation.
  4. They adapt to that situation.
  5. They get that which they wanted.
  6. They pay a heavy price for it.
  7. They return to their familiar situation.
  8. They have changed as a result of the journey.

Dan Harmon Filmography and TV Appearances

1999Heat Vision and JackPilot; creator and writer
2003ComputermanEugene MurzowskiAlso creator, writer and executive producer
2006Monster HouseWriter
2006MTV Video Music Awards 2006Television special; writer
2007 –2010The Sarah Silverman ProgramCo-creator and writer
2007Acceptable.TVVarious rolesAlso co-creator, writer and executive producer
2008Kung Fu PandaUncredited writer
2008GoogasDanAlso co-creator, writer
2008Spike Video Game Awards 2008Television special; writer
2009 -2015CommunityWriter and executive producer (season 1–3; 5–6), Executive consultant (season 4), Creator
2009The 81st Annual Academy AwardsTelevision special; writer
2012Mary Shelley's FrankenholeDr. Jekyl (voice)5 episodes
2013 –presentRick and MortyBirdperson / additional voicesAlso co-creator, writer and executive producer
2013Arrested DevelopmentYurt ClerkEpisode: "Borderline Personalities"
2013Axe CopAudience Member (voice)Episode: "Babysitting Uni-Baby"
2014HarmontownHimselfDocumentary; also executive producer
2015Knight of CupsDan
2015Back in TimeHimselfDocumentary
2015AnomalisaExecutive producer
2015Drunk HistoryNarratorEpisode: "Miami"
2015The SimpsonsEpisode: "Mathlete's Feat"; wrote couch gag
2016 –presentHarmonQuest[48]Himself / Fondue ZoobagAlso creator, writer and executive producer
2016Doctor StrangeUncredited consultant
2016Great Minds with Dan HarmonHimselfAlso writer and executive producer
2017Dr. KenHimselfEpisode: "Ken's Big Audition"
2017Mystery Science Theater 3000: The ReturnWriter
2017Animals.Ad Man 1Episode: "Humans."
2017The SimpsonsHimself (voice)Episode: "Springfield Splendor"
2017Good GameSuitAlso executive producer
2018Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal BlissCartwright


Useful links

Rick and Morty Quiz

Dan Harmon Podcast Harmon town


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