Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab's monthly independent film festival, Channel 101, turns 10 next year, and L.A.-based filmmaker Dave Seger put together this wonderful 45-minute documentary about 101's rise and its influence on web, sketch, and television comedy. Between the monthly L.A. screenings and a sister festival in New York, Channel 101 gave a voice to rising sketch groups like The Lonely Island, Derrick, Human Giant, and Tim and Eric, and caught the eye of big-name celebs like Jack Black, Drew Carey, and Sarah Silverman. The documentary does a fine job of summing up the Channel 101 aesthetic, while scoring some insight from a lot of the fest's [...]
Diehard comedy fans surely know the origin story of Community creator Dan Harmon, but for the uninitiated, I present you with this overview of his early career and a detailed rundown of the shows he created for Channel 101, the live monthly short film festival he started up with friend and frequent collaborator Rob Schrab back in 2003.
Harmon and Schrab first began working together as members of ComedySportz Milwaukee, a short-form improv organization, in the late 80s. In the 90s, they formed the improv and sketch group the Dead Alewives with some friends, performing live shows in Milwaukee and recording a comedy album. More importantly, however, they started [...]