Artwork by Janelle Myers and Rich Sancho
Let’s face it. Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. Not, awesome in the way that a lot of actors are awesome in a role, or a costume or an awards show speech. He’s … wait for it … really awesome.
Think about it. What is NPH not good at? He killed it as a kid doctor back in the 1990s as “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” then came back hard in 2005 as the legendary Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.” He killed the Internet in Joss Whedon’s online musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” took on the voice of Nightwing in “Batman: Under the Red Hood” and played himself to perverted perfection in the “Harold & Kumar” movies.
He was great on “Saturday Night Live” making fun of his role in “Rent,” (he also directed a version of that musical at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the play “The Expert at the Card Table”), nailed it as the 2009 and 2013 Emmy Awards host and four-time host of the Tony Awards and is currently vamping it like a champ on Broadway as the lead in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Oh, and the magic fan is also the president of the board of directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle and, c’mon, he was Carl Jenkins in “Starship Troopers.”
Which begs the question: Since he’s pretty much been great at everything so far, what other gigs would NPH kill?
1. Wal-Mart Greeter
I mean, look at that smile.
When NPH says he’s sorry for your loss, you believe him.
One Robin Sparkles coming right up! (That’s two parts peach Schnapps, one part cherry Sprite and an Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel rod as garnish.)
4. Apple Genius Bar Tech
Think of him as your Broda, but instead of being little, green and wise to the Force, he wears a bright blue shirt and knows every keyboard shortcut there is.
5. MMA Fighter
If you can take a slap, you can take a triangle choke.
6. Crossing Guard
“Mommy! That man sounds just like Patrick from ’The Smurfs’ ”
7. Sign Language Interpreter At A Rock Show
He’s comfortable onstage, he’s got the moves and we’re gonna assume he already just knows how to sign “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”