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For those of us bored with the regular old autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris is here to inject a sense of danger and discovery into the genre’s format with the upcoming Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.
In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht. Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography goes on sale October 14, 2014 and is available for pre-order.
Neil Patrick Harris Tells Howard Stern He Was Offered Job as Letterman's 'Late Show' Replacement: AUDIO
Neil Patrick Harris sat down with Howard Stern today to talk about his career, how coming out affected it, and what we may see from him in the future. The former star of How I Met Your Mother and current glamazon of Broadway (in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) told Stern that CBS approached him to host the Late Show after David Letterman bid the program farewell. NPH was looking for something a little more theatrical, though.
"[Les Moonves and CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler] called me in and sat me down and asked if [Late Show] was something I'd be interested in doing," Harris says. "In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skillsets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] … so I was surprised he pitched me that idea," he says. He wasn't interested in the 11:30 slot, nor was he interested in the 12:30 one. "I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set," Harris says. "I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night."
Which is not to say Harris wouldn't be interested in another kind of show. "I liked this weekly variety thing," he says. "I think if it's weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit on there, then you're gonna get the guests to want to come on there — a weekly thing you'd have more time to prep for stuff, you could pre-tape stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out more."
Would you want to see what Doogie Howser, M.D. could bring to the variety show format? Sound off in the comments below.
And listen to NPH's interview with Stern, AFTER THE JUMP...
Openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris spoke with the Associated Press recently about why he enjoys performing as the titular character of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
He said that the repetition of doing the show every day gives him a chance to really enjoy the performance again and again, especially compared to his one-shot hostings of the Tony Awards.
Harris has been getting great press since his role was first announced. Good Morning America provided a behind-the-scenes look of the musical and some the show's proceeds will go towards helping LGBT youth. Plus, fans also have the Hedwig sequel to look forward to.
Harris/Hedwig even sat on Towleroad founder Andy Towle's face — Andy advises people watching in the first few rows to prepare themselves.
Watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP...
NPH on Instagram: "Calm before the glitter storm. Sitting alone on a quiet stage before the @hedwigonbway opening tonight. What a ride it's been..."
Neil Patrick Harris turns in an incredibly funny, emotional, physical performance in an updated Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. I was lucky enough to see the opening last night and suggest you get your tickets now.
The Hollywood Reporter notes in its review that Harris is "beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe." I'd have to agree.
Writes Ben Brantley in a NYT rave:
Mr. Harris has much more than marquee and recognition value. He also has a master entertainer’s gift for making the rough go down smoothly. And what might be distasteful from other mouths — including raunchy double entendres that deserve (and receive) rimshots — sounds delicious coming from his. From the moment his Hedwig makes her David Bowie-esque entrance, we’re his to do what he will.
That includes a certain amount of manhandling, if I may use so sexist a verb. In song and guttural speech, Hedwig is an aggressive narrator. (Note to front-row audience members: Don’t wear anything expensive.)
Brantley is right, I can say from experience. At a certain point in the show I was shocked as Hedwig climbed down from the stage, mounted the arms of my chair, straddled my face, and pulled my head in for a prolonged and passionate 'angry inch' faux-job to the squeals and delight of the audience. And of course I loved every minute of it.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something halleloo: It's the runway of the brides, except this white wedding has a gender-bending twist. The female partner is decked out in a tux and their husbands-to-be are transformed by the remaining queens into beautiful(ish) brides.
Move over, Macklemore and Queen Latifah, there's a new marriage equality master in town, and RuPaul be her name.
Find out who said YASSSSSS to the dress, and how we ranked the queens this week, AFTER THE JUMP …