Yeah, this could be a love letter. However, I’m married, and Neil is gay, so that makes a love letter, well, complicated. Don’t get me wrong, if I ever had the opportunity to give Neil a gigantic bear hug, I’d giggle like a 9 year-old school girl. Nonetheless, I’m a grownup and Neil is a professional. I’m sticking to a letter of respect. He’s listed this week in Out.com’s Power 50 and recently won a Streamy and an A-List award. So here, listed in no particular order, are some of the reasons (besides Dr. Horrible) I believe Neil Patrick Harris to be a fine human being.
I was a girl when “Doogie Howser, MD” was on the air. I noticed something special about him then. Aside from New Kids on the Block, I only had eyes for Neil. As I grew older, so too did Neil. Though he had many television appearances and voice acting gigs after Doogie, he was largely out of the public eye. He spent a good chunk of his time away from our television sets on the stage. As passionate as I am about the Whedon universe, I am even more so about the theatre. Having listened to several recordings of Neil’s musical roles (Assassins, Sweeney Todd), my admiration of Neil as a professional performer has grown exponentially. This summer he returns to the stage in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Thank Dionysus!
I just think the way that Neil acknowledged his sexuality publicly was so classy. He answers all questions posed about his relationship with partner David Burtka respectfully and tastefully. ‘Nuff said.
He Does Magic!
Okay, I’ve never been a big fan of magicians. Frankly, they kinda creep me out. When Neil does magic, though, there are no wind machines, sparkles or girls in sequins. He’s relaxed and natural. I can get behind that kind of magic.
Let me be clear: comedy is hard. If there is a natural talent that exists for comedy, Neil has it. I do believe that he also works very hard to be funny. I think as he has matured, Neil’s comedy skill has also become more powerful. He has a very natural sense of humour, probably because he is so comfortable in his own skin.
He Can Laugh at Himself!
Too often people in Hollywood take themselves too seriously. If you doubt NPH can poke fun at his own image, see Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
Aside from the obvious evidence in Dr. Horrible, Neil has sung in several different situations. The strongest showing for me is his work on Sondheim musicals. Sondheim writes some of the most difficult music out there for singers, and Neil vocalizes it with such grace it is astounding.
He has supported charities for AIDS, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Depression and Suicide, Education, Gay/Lesbian Support, Health, Homelessness and Hunger. You know, to name a few.
I could go on, but I’ve babbled long enough. I must rest. Or play Wii. Either way, I’ll be thinking about a much more shallow reason to appreciate NPH 😉