Community creator and showrunner Dan Harmon could have done any number of things after he was unceremoniously dumped from his own NBC TV show in 2012. Instead, Harmon set off on a cross-country tour in support Harmontown, the comedy podcast he co-hosts with Jeff B. Davis. They brought along filmmaker Neil Berkeley to capture it all for the new documentary, Harmontown, the exclusive trailer for which you can watch above. While the comedian admits there were dark times following his dismissal from the beloved sitcom — which helped launch the careers of such stars as Donald Glover and Gllian Jacobs, and which led to a public spat between Harmon and cast member Chevy Chase — the 41-year-old Harmon says he didn’t have any reservations about letting the cameras in on his rebound attempt.
“Calling all scientists: The planet only has so much time left…We’re all dying, uhhhhhh, we’re not going to make it to the moon, uhhhhhhh, the globals are warming, the tides are rising, uhhhhhhhhhh, AIDS is airbourne, or at least by the time you hear this, maybe it will be…All I’m saying is, before we die…could someone just make a pill that makes your finger nails stop growing?”— Dan Harmon (Harmontown Ep. 113 ‘FlagCop’)
“You “journalists” out there, I hope this maybe is a warning shot across the bow - I saw some good journalism going on out there, cameras out in the street going “oh shit, we’re getting fuckin shot at! they’re grabbing our cameras and they’re tearing them apart” - so here’s an idea, maybe now we can emerge from this age of neo-yellow-journalism? Because guess what? no matter on “their side” you are, they ain’t ever gonna be on your side when the chips are down. They’re gonna tear your fuckin cameras apart, so be a fuckin journalist even in times of peace, because they’re gonna fuck you over as soon as they wanna beat somebody. Be a journalist.”—Dan Harmon
These are American citizens standing on a quiet suburban street with fucking incendiary devices rolling down on them. Smoke filling, just surrounding their oak trees, wafting passed their bedroom windows where their children are sleeping in cribs. Would you put up with that? Would you tolerate that? What if it happened right here, right now would we tolerate this? We label these little cities and go, “oh, here’s an event. This is an event that’s gonna begin and it’s gonna end, and there’s an incident going on.”
We keep calling them “incidents” but the police aren’t calling them “incidents” because the POLICE DON’T RENT TANKS for the moment. THEY ACQUIRE THEM gradually, and they’re equipped for this. And more and more and more every single police force is getting more and more military equipment as we go. They’re prepared for this stuff. And it’s NOT going to stop. The noose never loosens, it keeps tightening.
So when you’re looking at live footage of a city in your country where people are being ASSAULTED by the police - side with the people.
”—Dan Harmon - Harmontown Ep. 112 'Popeye is our lord and savior’
“I retweeted the number for the ACLU that somebody had tweeted, “if you’re being harassed by police while you’re peacefully protesting here’s a number you can call.” Like that’s gonna make a big difference. I retweeted a fucking phone number. And still with the spocks and fucking […] republicans with the, “hmm, well are you there, i’m hearing conflicting reports. hmbrmmrmrmrmrah”
What fucking…just side with the fucking people who are getting teargassed NOW! Exaggerations, rumors, who gives fuck if we’re sloppy about going “fuck the police” we’ll figure it out next week!
When tear gas starts flying, side with the fucking teargassed, period! You don’t fucking side with the canisters! You don’t bother! They’re canisters! They’re protected! They don’t need your help, they have your fucking tax money! They are funded by you! They don’t need your help! They have armor, they have the government, they have everything.”—danharmon on harmontownlive podcast #112: “Popeye is our Lord and Savior”
“…Please, it’s a television. If you ask a toaster “what’s the most important thing in the world?” it’s gonna tell you “bread,” and if you ask a toaster its opinion of bread, it’s going to say “I don’t think it’s toasted enough.” So let’s look at the television as an appliance - what do you think it’s doing? It’s making you watch it! Is your neighbor racist? Is it dangerous to go outside? “FUCK YEAH!” says the television… “Whatever you do, stay in your living rooms,” and it will tell you anything to make that happen.”—
Dan Harmon, (creator of two relatively successful television shows) on the subject of Shark Week’s perceived loss of integrity.