Neil Patrick Harris on his Tonys game plan
June 10th, 2011
04:22 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris on his Tonys game plan

Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy after hosting the 63rd annual Tony Awards, and now that he’s back for round two he’s got his game plan all worked out.

The key to doing an award-worthy hosting job, he says, is to stay more or less sober, and stay out of the way.

“I feel like when you’re hosting a show, you don’t want to be so egocentric that you make the show about you, so the job is to do something initially that makes them feel comfortable with you, and then pass the buck,” he told Access Hollywood on Thursday.

Working too hard to win over the audience, he said, “just looks desperate.”

After all, he says, “They’re not here to watch me, they’re here to watch the performances and see who wins the awards. So, I just want to make sure I’m not so drunk that I’m slurring,” he joked. “That would be bad.”

The Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.


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  1. jimmy-jammy

    Did the editors distort the photo? If not, that is one daaayuuum big forehead.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
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    June 26, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. @fake peace

    Still hiding behind some1 else's name, I see. Your doing better, hunny. You can come outta the closet and use YOUR real user name. We don't mind. Ok, slowly turn the handle (u can do it, c'mon), open the door, there now, isn't that better ? Now stop hiding behind the real peace's name and be a big boy now. Feeling better now, hunny ?

    June 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mick james

    28 is waaaaay too old. I dated an older woman while in my teens but got tired of waking up beside my mom.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HeatherB

    I'm sure he'd trade in that(Emmy) for a couple of (Tonys) in a heartbeat

    June 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. HoglyMogly

    NPH is awesome. he knows who he is and makes whatever he does his own. He's gay, yet plays a straight, womanizer, man like he's been one all his life in "How I Met Your Mother". He's just good at his craft. Good on you NPH, I can't wait to watch the show. I

    June 12, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. The Mad R@p3r

    I hope he does a bunch of x before the show.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. tomball

    We believe NPH is a very talented actor, singer, choregrapher, ....the list goes on. We've always enjoyed his Hosting the Tonys and is a Blast as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother! Bro!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. HeatherB

    I can't stand him

    June 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HeatherB

    HE SUCKS!!?

    June 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dawn01

    see that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    June 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Snshine Girl *

    He did very well on his last hosting job so whos to say he wont do good this time around too? Hell be better than James Franco ever was or 1/2 of those other idiots that host. Good choice if you ask me.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bears

    Once upon a time there were 3 little bears. A mama bear and a papa bear and a liiiitttttle bitty baby bear. One day the bears went for a walk in the woods. While they were gone a mean little girl broke into their house and eat all of baby bears porridge and set in his chair then took a nap in his bed. When the bears got home the little girl climbed out the window and ran all the way home. Babu bear didnt care because he didnt like porridge anyways. So the bears got in their car and went to Mcdonalds and got lots of good frenchfries. They lived happily ever after.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. or 6

    My mom said we are Mormons and have to eat healthy. Vegetables and nasty stuff. I thought we are supposed to have fun during summer vacation. Not eat dang casseroles.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. or 6

    Is anyone having squash casserole for supper ? My mom is making us one. Gross.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. or 6

    I heard he and his life partner adopted a little baby. Is this true ? He really doesnt seem like a bad guy. And his life partner may be a girl with a guy sounding name. Either ways he seems like a totally deacent guy.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  17. Newport Pagnell

    Uggggh. This guy is not funny at all. Must have good agent.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Obviously better than yours, since he's hosting the Tonys, has a flourishing movie and television carrer, and is internationally known and respected. What have you done, again?

      June 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Beefburger

    He has been following the Weinergate scandal very closely.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peace

    WHY ?

    June 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. laquecia

    Why isnt anyone posting about this poor guy/ He is ok. I think he was doogie howser a long time ago. He is a good guy. Lets post good stuff about him.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. @Irwin

    I heard he is dating somebody named Irwin.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. moooooo

    He is too skinny for a person. Humans need to be bigger like us cows. You puny little humans make me laugh ! mooooooooo.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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      don't know if you meant this as a true insult, but the way you had to write it to get around the 'offensive content' screens made it absolutely hilarious. It made me visualzie some slack jawed hack hole in overalls (no shirt), with a fourth grade education and not enough common sense to recognize the utter stupidity in last Sunday's sodom and gomorrah sermon.

      June 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  23. RZ

    Matt... I don't know if you meant this as a true insult, but the way you had to write it to get around the 'offensive content' screens made it absolutely hilarious. It made me visualzie some slack jawed hack hole in overalls (no shirt), with a fourth grade education and not enough common sense to recognize the utter stupidity in last Sunday's sodom and gomorrah sermon.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mavent

    More than we love juvenile idiot bigots, that's for sure.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

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