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Neil Patrick Harris: I’m super ninja

Neil Patrick Harris has spoken about the dubious things he gets up to on his new variety show Best Time Ever.

The 42-year-old star is currently promoting his new TV show Best Time Ever, a variety series which is an American adaptation of hit British programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Best Time Ever sees Neil joined by celebrity guests as they prank people. And to pull off these jokes, covertness was necessary.

“We’ll have celebrities come on, we’ll talk about what we did, and then show them what we did, and bring in audience members who won’t even know they were followed," he told USA Today.

"I’m going around America now doing these things as a ninja, and I’m only successful if no one knows that we did it. If anyone catches us, we fail. If we go home and no one knows we were there, job well done.

"I love American Ninja Warrior, I want to be on American Ninja Warrior. I’m so not talented enough."

Best Time Ever will be a combination of live sketches and pre-filmed clips.

Neil has a host of surprises in store for audiences and he’s excited about unveiling all the fun.

“We're part Fear Factor, we're part hidden-camera show, we're part game show, we’re part performance piece,” he explained. “I’m really excited. It’s going to be a way to start your night with a smile."

Neil also serves as executive producer of the hybrid series, which is an hour in length per episode.

NBC has allotted an eight-week run for the new show initially and Neil is happy with that, as he gets to create new things as he goes along.

“When you hear 22-episode pickup, and you’re on episode 17, dude, you’re swingin', you don’t quite know what’s going on,” Neil noted.

Best Time Ever starts airing on September 15.

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