Oh Neil Patrick Harris. Is there anything you can’t do? The legend…(wait for it)… dary — actor, singer, danger and host has won over our hearts since he was just a kid, during his Doogie Howser days.
Sure, Harris has had lots of roles and gigs since then, having done everything from How I Met Your Mother to hosting the Oscars. And the Emmys. And the Tonys. Okay, somebody get this guy to host the Grammys already so that he can be the first EGOT winner of hosts.
With all this under his belt, it sure seems like NPH has been waiting for a full-time hosting gig. And now he has one. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris debuts Tuesday night on CTV Two, and the host, at least, really does seem to be having the best time ever.
Celebrities, stunts, games, skits… we don’t quite know what to expect from this live variety hour, but we do know that it’s a show NPH was born to do.
He knows how to go with the flow
NPH may be married to David Burtka, but he isn’t afraid to live up to the days from before he was openly gay either. Obviously, this go-with-the-flow persona is key when it comes to doing a live show every week.
Speaking of marriage, he has a great home life
How does this relate to hosting a show, you ask? Because obviously NPH knows what should go into a performance the whole family can enjoy. Another key component of a variety show.
He has a wicked cool sense of humour
The best part? He’s not about taking “pot shots” at people.
“I’ve been very conscious in the live comedy that I’ve done to try and not be mean-spirited,” he says. “I don’t think it’s fun in an award show environment to take someone who performed in a movie two years ago and now they’re sitting there dressed up, nervous whether they’re going to win or not, to sort of take potshots at them because they’re an easy target.”
He gets our love of booze
The jury is out if he’ll be drinking on live TV a la Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, but we know we’ll be raising a glass from our living room couches.
He’s not afraid of a little competition
This is key when it comes to launching a new fall show — especially when 30-plus other new shows are simultaneously launching.
“My hope is that you’ll get to see a bunch of cool shit,” he says. “And it will be live, so you’ll only really be able to reference it the next day after you’ve seen it.”
Any guy who can speak a little French is clearly welcome in Canada, but also classes up the American audience a little too, non?
He’s got the moves
This one kind of goes without saying, but we can’t wait to see if he busts out a move like Ellen at the beginning of each show. Plus, we already know he’s going to sing.
“We have a segment called Sing-along Live in the show, so we’ll literally bring out a musical celebrity who will sing a song,” Harris reveals.
He’s a humanitarian
Very few people could pull off this look while still doing good for the world. You can bet on Best Time Ever implementing some sort of strong charitable component once it gets going.
He has sex appeal
We mean… come on. Who wouldn’t want to watch this?
He knows his own limits
Which means he gets what WE never want to see, ever again. He also gets that a show like this needs to be limited in its run or else run the risk of losing the audience.
“Something like this deserves to be a little bit of an event. If Cirque du Soleil came into town and planted at Santa Monica Pier all year long, you’d be less inclined to want to go to the circus,” he explains of his eight-episode run. “Eight gives us time to walk away and look back to see what worked and why and — if we’re lucky enough to do the second season — fix it and have people, hopefully, hungry for it.”
He’s got social media skillz
No wonder @ActuallyNPH has nearly 19 million followers. We’re betting a good portion of them will wanna have the Best Time Ever too.
He’s got loads of self-confidence
Always key when your name is in the show’s title.
He’s got a proven track record of successful live shows
Oscars, Tonys and Emmys aside, he’s hosted the TV Land Awards, the World Magic Awards and the Spike Video Game Awards. Clearly, this guy likes hosting — and he’s always in demand.
“I love variety, and I was interested in the notion that I can show people at home, or in an audience, cool, interesting things that are clever that you can set your remote down and watch,” Harris says. “I love the magic. I love the circus.”
He could probably take over the world
Yes he does.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris debuts Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Two.