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Neil Patrick Harris Was Undoubtedly the Best Part of the Emmys. (Yes, Better Than Grey Gardens Winning)


Last night, television actors and actresses were handed statues made of something from the periodic table. Some of the celebrities even deserved ’em! Oh, and the absolutely excellent Neil Patrick Harris was there to chauffeur things along. Like when he interrupted the Emmy Awards broadcast as Dr. Horrible.

As the Triple Host Threat (that’s TV Land, Tonys, and Emmys … and one day, Oscars), Harris has carved out a new niche, and payday, for himself in less than a year. He draws bigger audiences than his predecessors for a television category (awards shows) that Americans appear to care less about each year. Which is where Harris’ theatrics, musical numbers, and lovable mug come in. Viewers are cheering as much for NPH as they are for Cherry Jones, Toni Collette, Tiny Fay, and the gals of Grey Gardens.

And thankfully, he delivers. Witness the show’s opener:

Even fellow celebs were impressed. Though it’s wise to say nice things about NPH to reporters.

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  • sebastian

    he was amazing, very funny entrance. loved him.

  • The Swimmer

    Don’t get me wrong, Neil Patrick Harris was awesome… but did anyone even NOTICE that Tony-Award winning actress Cherry Jones won the award for Best Supporting Actress in Drama???

    An open lesbian won an Emmy for playing the President of the United States, something which by the way is no small accomplishment since we have seen only a few portrayals of a female President to date. This is a HUUUUUUGE accomplishment for the LGBT community and Queerty should make some mention of this!! Cherry Jones is hands down one of the greatest actresses of our time and someone who is truly underrated.

  • Mike

    NPH .. gotta love that guy.

  • me

    couldn’t watch it on tv. wish hulu would put it up or something.

  • Greg Theron

    His singing is really music to my ears. :)

  • Pete

    I love this man.

  • jjgg5

    He did an equally excellent job hosting Broadway’s Tony Awards this year. Give him a shot at the Oscars, somebody.

  • fredo777

    I thought he was terrible.

    By terrible, of course, I mean terribly good. I loved him right from the opening number.

  • rcloy

    I love this man too. GOsh.

  • what

    1) Everything is “made of something from the periodic table.” Seriously.

    2) Her name is Tina “Fey.”

  • ggreen

    Love NPH but what was up with the tacky white too tight tuxedo jackect and the black pants that ate his toros? Neils outfit looked like a cheesy bus boy at a 3rd rate New Jersey chop house.

  • ksu499

    I just love NPH more and more.

  • hephaestion

    Neil Patrick Harris done us proud!

  • unclemike

    It should be illegal for a man that cute to be that talented and that funny.

  • hephaestion

    Regis & Kelly said NPH deserves an Emmy for his performance hosting the Emmys.

    Marc Shaiman deserves great credit (once again) for writing akiller opening song for NPH.

  • dk


    A fitted jacket with a cummerbund, too tight and ate his torso? Maybe you’ve been renting too many tuxes.. He looked great.

  • Giovanni

    @ DK:

    I agree. I thought the tux was chic as hell.

  • UWSguy

    NPH, the best thing to happen to the gay rights movement.

  • red phone

    He looked amazing, and those pants fit JUST RIGHT. Ahem –

  • terrwill

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE???? Where is the BOQB??? Not one person ripping NPH apart???? No one calling him names? (aside from comments about his tux, but queens are always going to find something to bitch about) Can it be that the community finally can recognize that one of our own finally broke the queer ceiling and can be 100% accepted by mainstream media and public? I wish every other queer in that audience last nite saw how NPH was able to be out and proud, sit next to his BF and basicaly not give two shits about what ANYONE thought and or said. And was a tremendous success. And wish they would take his lead and all begin stepping out of their closets…….

  • ChristopherJ

    that was tremendous!

  • timncguy

    I could have done without the winner of the “best seat in the house” gags. But, other that it was great.

  • alejandro

    the song was soooo bad ass :D gotta love NPH!!

  • TomEM

    NPH was amazing!!

  • Jesus Chryst

    He was AMAZING. It’s a shame his award was basically stolen from him by that closet homophobe Jon Cryer.

  • Bri

    @UWSguy: I love him too, but that’s giving him too much credit. :P

  • ricky

    oh my. the gays have taken over the telivision lookity box! first there was ellen and now neil! will the madness never end?

    loved neils opening number. thanks for posting the dr. horrible clip as i missed it. i watched the opening and then the comedy awards and flipped over to niktoons to watch amy poehlers cartoon show the mighty b (it is really cute and clever).

    i am really glad we have neil out there.

  • J. Clarence

    It’s ridiculous how fantastic this guy is.

    He did such a wonderful job at the Tony’s and pretty much made the Emmies fun again.

  • dlpca

    They will come to love us, in spite of themselves! NPH is a bright glimmer of hope.

  • me

    he DID do done us proud :] he must feel like a zillion jillion dollars with all this adulation
    i’m still unable to find the whole thing :[ does anyone know where i can see it?

  • nic

    LOVE NPH. he did a great job! he is a shining star in our community

  • me

    never mind. found it. if anyone wants it just say so and i’ll make my own upload so that the original doesn’t get deleted.

    also, it’s amazing how nph brings us all together. it’s as if we were an actual community again. normally we’re so splintered and yelly. many of us even deny the need for and denounce the very existence of the community. but for the moment, at least, we’re family.

  • hephaestion

    NPH could be the best thing for the gay rights movement since Stonewall, but it might also be that homophobes will just call him “one of the good homosexuals,” as some have called me, in order to reserve the right to withhold equality for all of us.
    But I think NPH will have a lasting good impact on young people.

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