Dan Harmon

Active - 2006 - 2015  |   Born - in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States  |   Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy

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A Milwaukee native who, along with co-conspirator Rob Schrab, founded Internet-based entertainment website Channel 101, Dan Harmon and his partner burst onto the scene with the supremely bizarre Fox television pilot Heat Vision and Jack (one of the most widely circulated unaired television pilots ever produced) before pulling back from the entertainment industry to launch a website specifically devoted to encouraging creativity in independent filmmakers. Harmon chose to hone his writing skills early on before stepping into the director's chair to helm the animated comedy Computerman in 2003. It was around this time that Harmon and Schrab's Super Midnight Movie Show endeavor was beginning to draw attention among the young and hip Los Angeles filmmaking set, and after submissions became too much to handle for the overwhelmed pair, they quickly took the concept online with Channel 101. A freeform short-film showcase that strives to deliver the most outrageous and innovative comedy around, Channel 101 soon found the pair being courted by some of the biggest producers in Los Angeles. Shortly after taking the reigns for the Jack Black comedy short LaserFart, it was time once again to work with his longtime partner on a 2006 Comedy Central pilot for controversial comedian Sarah Silverman. Later that same year, the pair would find their dreams of success slowly coming into focus when Robert Zemeckis and Amblin Entertainment teamed to produce Monster House -- a computer animated tale of a malevolent suburban abode that Harmon and Schrab had penned eight years before.

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  • Is a follower of mythologist Joseph Campbell.
  • Early comedy influences were SCTV, Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall.
  • Has performed stand-up comedy.
  • Was a member of the ComedySportz improv group in Milwaukee.
  • Founded the comedy website Channel 101.
  • Based the sitcom Community on his experiences attending a community college in California.