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Dan Harmon was once the showrunner and creator of Community, one of television’s greatest comedies, then he got fired. The show turned to mediocrity, a shadow version of itself, and before NBC rehired him to take back the reigns of his creation Dan Harmon had nothing better to do than start doing a weekly podcast from the Nerdmelt Theater in the back of Meltdown Comics. With comptroller Jeff Davis keeping control of the alcohol fueled festivities, the Harmontown podcast has became one of the most inventive and incredible hour plus’ of weekly entertainment. So much so that a documentary has been made of the show.
Over a year ago Dan Harmon took the ragtag Harmontown group on a countrywide tour, with Lady Harmon Erin Hill, Jeff Davis, and dungeon master Spencer Crittenden, the show forged a community of its own. Now the documentary has been edited and finished, with Dan Harmon as executive producer but not with final edit the film is premiering this Saturday at SXSW. It’s the chance for people to finally see what one of our era’s most creative minds does after getting fired.
Mainly it involves epic D&D quests, songs about a Pringles Dick or chicken noodle soup, and Dan’s emotions laid bare in all their self effacing glory. There is no podcast in the world more inane and brilliant at the same time. It makes no sense, and yet somehow makes perfect sense. It’s a podcast that boasts Eric Idle singing a wonderful ditty about sexually violating Dan’s family, which is in response to Dan constantly rapping about having sex with people’s mothers. Oh yeah, the creator of Community spends a good deal of time freestyle rapping to varying degrees of success. And Harmontown is an example of how Dan Harmon has become a force for us to gather around and celebrate who we are. Our quirks and odd observations are at home in Harmontown, thanks to its intrepid mayor.
Harmontown premieres Saturday, March 8th at 9:30 pm at the Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center as part of the SXSW festival.