A Dan Harmon Primer

Posted 6 years ago by Adam Gautsch

Community is the rightful heir (not the Mr. Burns having a contest to find his heir, heir1) to the early Simpsons. It mixes what I can best describe as homage humor 2 with heart and bit of brains to make the most enjoyable and re-watchable show on TV. If you're looking for a bit of primer on the show's creator, Dan Harmon, I'd suggest two sources.

  1. His interview with Mark Maron on WTF
  2. The Wired article on his process.

Both hit on similar topics including what created Harmon's particular flavor of crazy and how that crazy turns into humor. The WTF interview does a much better job of making Harmon seem human while the Wired article does turn him into a bit of a fragile robot. Both are extremely interesting and worth your time.

1. And yes, sadly, even more an heir than the current Simpsons.
2. I suppose I'd define 'homage humor' as the act of creating humor through a string of references and inspiration from the past. When done right, it turns the show into its own stand alone piece of art. When done poorly, it's the Family Guy.

For reservations, call office(800) 890-1702. Send fan mail to our work location at 101 N Main Street, Third Floor, Greenville, SC 29601 USA 34.850823 -82.398746
Lovingly crafted by orangecoat with some rights reserved, and a promise not to spam you.

Back to top