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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.

On:           Sep 21, 2009
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    • sebastian

      he was amazing, very funny entrance. loved him.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 1:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 1:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      NPH .. gotta love that guy.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 1:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • me

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 1:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg Theron

      His singing is really music to my ears. :)

      Sep 21, 2009 at 1:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pete

      I love this man.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 2:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jjgg5

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 4:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777

      I thought he was terrible.

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 5:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rcloy

      I love this man too. GOsh.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 5:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • what

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

      2) Her name is Tina “Fey.”

      Sep 21, 2009 at 7:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 8:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ksu499

      I just love NPH more and more.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 8:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Neil Patrick Harris done us proud!

      Sep 21, 2009 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • unclemike

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 9:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 9:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dk


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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 9:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giovanni

      @ DK:

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UWSguy

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • red phone

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 10:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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…….

      Sep 21, 2009 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherJ

      that was tremendous!

      Sep 21, 2009 at 10:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • timncguy

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alejandro

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TomEM

      NPH was amazing!!

      Sep 21, 2009 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesus Chryst

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bri

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

      Sep 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dlpca

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

      Sep 22, 2009 at 12:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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?

      Sep 22, 2009 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nic

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

      Sep 22, 2009 at 12:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 22, 2009 at 12:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Sep 22, 2009 at 11:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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