Neil Patrick Harris: I am awards show ringmaster
Neil Patrick Harris embraces his “ringmaster” qualities when hosting awards ceremonies.
The television legend will present the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards next month.
This is not his first go at presenting major awards shows. Neil has also served as master of ceremonies at the Tony Awards for the past three years and hosted the 2009 Emmy broadcast.
Neil equates presenting to being a circus ringmaster.
“The Tonys is its own beast,” he explained to Variety. “It’s much more ringmaster, P.T. Barnum — I feel like a huckster, trying to get people to tune in, and more importantly, embrace theatre and want to go see shows. The Emmys is a different animal.”
Neil has been developing his craft since he was a small child.
The multitalented star appreciates his ability to tackle any type of entertainment challenge.
“I spent my childhood as a jack-of-all-trades,” he detailed. “Even in high school band, I was the kid who would be handed a new instrument for any given recital and had to learn it quickly. If we needed a French horn part, or a bassoon track… ‘We need a tuba in this one, so Neil, you’re going to learn to play the tuba!’”
The How I Met Your Mother Star and his partner David Burtka share two-year-old fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.
After his stint on the TV sitcom ends, he and David are planning to move the family to New York City.
“We’ve had a West Coast lifestyle for the run of the series — which will be nine years — and we just bought a brownstone in New York,” Neil said. “So we’re going to uproot ourselves and plant ourselves there. Let the kids go to school there and see what happens.
“I don’t doubt that random things will come my way. In the meantime, I’d love to be able to hop in a cab, eat a delicious meal and see an amazing show.”
The Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on September 22.
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