As a giant fan of Rick and Morty and a viewer of Community whose regard of that show oscillates between passionate love and mild frustration, I was fairly trepidatious about watching Harmontown. The film focusses on a tour that Dan Harmon, the creator and writer of those aforementioned projects, undertook in the wake of his firing from Community after that show’s third season (he has since returned to the program). The tour itself sprung from Harmon’s weekly podcast, held in front of a live audience at Meltdown Comics here in Los Angeles.
Having never attended the event myself, it seemed from afar like a cult of personality that I wanted little to do with, despite my admiration for Harmon’s work. After watching Harmontown (trailer here) it turns out I had misjudged the event and how legitimate the connection between Harmon and that audience actually is. There’s a tangible exchange going on, and its not exploitive on either side. I urge you to watch this movie not only to experience that connection, but to truly get inside the mind of a troubled creative genius. Hit the jump for my Dan Harmon interview. Harmontown opens in Los Angeles and VOD on October 3rd. It hits New York on October 10th.