Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris on stage during "Brian Henson in Conversation


Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Stuffed and Unstrung

Neil Patrick Harris (born 1973) is an American actor who first gained note for playing the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993) and more recently has appeared on Broadway, and on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as the womanizing Barney.

Harris hosted Brian Henson in Conversation with Neil Patrick Harris at the SF Sketchfest in January 2011. The one-time-only show included an in-depth conversation between Harris and Brian Henson about puppetry and puppet comedy. Harris commented on his role as host saying: "I'm very excited about Dick Cavett-ing myself for a conversation with Brian Henson to talk all things Muppet — past, present, future. I’m a — you'll pardon the pun — gonzo fan."[1]

Harris visited the cast of Stuffed and Unstrung at the Union Square Theatre June 3, 2010[2], and had previously attended a show of Puppet Up! - Uncensored at the Avalon Thearter in Hollywood on February 28, 2009.[3]

In 2012 Harris starred in, and helped produced, the Henson Alternative webseries Neil's Puppet Dreams for the Nerdist Channel.

Harris expressed his admiration for Jim Henson, in a 2005 TV Guide column; in answering the question "Who's your all-time TV hero?," Harris stated "Jim Henson. He taught me how to be funny and how to share and communicate, and he did it all with felt and cut-up Ping Pong balls."[4]


  1. Neil Patrick Harris suits up for San Francisco Sketchfest, January 20, 2011
  2.,Neil Patrick Harris Visits Stuffed and Unstrung
  3. Dolfie Littles, Puppet Up Uncensored
  4. TV Guide, December 5-11, 2005.
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