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On a soundstage at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, Neil Patrick Harris climbs up on a pogo stick and makes the sign of the cross before jumping up and down with four other, considerably younger canada goose coats men some of whom can do back flips on their pogos. He is frantically rehearsing the last act of the debut episode of his new variety series, „Best canada goose outlet uk sale Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris.”
Then the 42 year old abandons the pogo stick to practice dance moves downstage with singer Nicole Scherzinger, before moving to a bar center stage, where bartenders juggle cocktail shakers. Harris picks up a mike and thanks the night’s guests: „The Voice” host Carson Daly, Pitbull and the Brooklyn United Marching Band, among others. The canada goose outlet jackets director comes out and gives notes. And then they do it all again. And again.
„Extreme pogo is a special skill that I have no experience in,” he tells The Post a day later. „I’ve been spending as much time [as I can] to get a ‚minory’ of it canada goose factory outlet since I’ll never have a mastery so I just don’t completely fail. I still have a week left.”
The weekly series will be a hybrid of variety and game show, performed live in front of a studio audience. It’s a big risk, both for NBC and Harris.
The actor is coming off February’s canada goose outlet Oscars canada goose outlet black friday hosting stint, which was the award show’s third lowest rated outing canada goose outlet store in its history (and down 16 percent from the previous year). Meanwhile, NBC’s most recent attempts at variety shows „The Maya Rudolph Show” in 2014 and canada goose clearance 2008’s „Rosie Live,” which starred Rosie O’Donnell were so dismal they weren’t picked up for full seasons. There’s also the matter of whether or not viewers will tune in to watch celebrities act silly when they can see just that five nights a week on „The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy canada goose cheap canada goose uk outlet uk Fallon” (or online each next day).
For his part, Harris doesn’t see „Best Time Ever” as a canada goose outlet sale traditional variety show.
„We are a show with a variety of segments four and five minute things that happen just once,” he says. „It’s not always going to canada goose outlet be the same structure. That will allow us to shift the show as we see what’s working… I will be moving [viewers] canadian goose jacket from one segment to the next, and encouraging you to leave the channel surfing to me.”
Getty Images”Best Time Ever” is an Americanized version Canada Goose Outlet of the successful British series „Ant Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which features two hosts playing pranks on celebs and giving gifts to the studio audience. The former is divided into six acts, many of which have Harris interacting with audience members. In a „Time of Your Life” segment, he will give a prize to a lucky couple. „Sing Along Live” pits contestants in different locations against each other in a karaoke style competition where participants canada goose outlet reviews can win $1,000.
Harris’ favorite canada goose factory sale segment, though, is the show’s last, called „The End of Show Shows.” He says, „In each one, I’m having to learn a skill set [like extreme pogo]. I can walk on tightropes. The nice thing about that segment is that it will never happen again.”
The new show is also his first ongoing TV outing since the canada goose outlet parka sitcom „How I Met Your Mother.” In between the two series he headlined an official canada goose outlet acclaimed Broadway production of „Hedwig and the Angry Inch” canada goose outlet which he terms an „artistic palate uk canada goose cleanser” and creeped out audiences in the blockbuster murder mystery „Gone Girl.”
He’s at a place in his life where he’s „looking forward to watching things that make you smile. Our show is risky to do, but inconsequential. It’s a fun hour to spend with your family and friends.”
And despite his rigorous schedule, Harris still creates the space to spend quality time with husband https://www.fabulalitera.de David Burtka and their two children. The family lives in Harlem.
„It’s a bit of a challenge, but my husband is incredibly supportive and our kids are starting pre K,” he says. „We moved to New York so our kids can be grounded canada goose store in one place. I love the culture of the city, and how immediate it is. The city exists and we are all just part of it. The show is similar to that.”.