So I’ll be honest — I already loved Neil Patrick Harris, as Barney was one of my favorite characters in the history of television. But ‘Best Time Ever’ took it to another level.
In the world of what many call “too much television,” it’s tough to watch everything, especially when it’s a genre you’re not into. But even if variety shows aren’t your thing (they’re not mine, at all), take it from me and give Neil Patrick Harris‘ new NBC show, Best Time Ever a chance.
You know NPH can do live shows — he nailed it at the Oscars. But this was definitely not what we expected. From crashing a real wedding, to doing a live skyscraper stunt in NYC with Reese Witherspoon, literally anything can happen — and probably will — on Best Time Ever.
The show set the bar high with the name: that’s definitely a confident statement to make. Luckily for NPH, the live audience, the surprise guests (what’s up, Carrot Top?), and for the viewers at home, it lived up to its title. Plus, his hubby was in the front row to show his support!
Neil wasn’t afraid to bring the camera back stage where he walked in front of prompter, got mic’d up, and dealt with normal behind the scenes TV nonsense. Did he break character? Well it didn’t seem to be a character. However, he did let out non-planned chuckles and had actual sweat running down his face after climbing 15 stories outside for a skit with Reese.
And Yes, It’s Really Live
If you weren’t sure the show was actually live, NPH brought up an audience member to “get lucky” in a trivia game, and all the questions were about news stories from that very day. So, there’s that.
Overall, NPH proved once again that he could do pretty much everything — flips off a pogo stick, bar tending tricks (who else wished the bar was named Puzzles?), and of course, putting on a seriously amazing disguise to trick The Voice judges into believing he’s the Australian host.
Here’s my tip: go watch Best Time Ever, every Tuesday at 10pm on NBC.
— Emily Longeretta