Neil Patrick Harris

Host Bio

Neil Patrick Harris serves as host and executive producer of NBC's new one-hour live show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, which premieres Tuesday, September 15 at 10/9c.

The show, which is based on the U.K.'s hugely popular "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway," will feature appearances by A-list stars, stunts, comedy skits, incredible performances, mini-game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks.

Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner, having earned four Emmys as executive producer of the 2009 and 2011-2013 Tony Awards, which he also hosted. His other win came from his guest-starring role in a 2009 episode of "Glee." Harris has also hosted two Emmy Awards broadcasts, as well as the 2015 Academy Awards.

Harris, who recently concluded his run as the womanizing Barney Stinson in the hit comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," first gained notoriety on the small screen as the much-adored title character in "Doogie Howser, M.D." Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, the series ran for four seasons and told the story of a brilliant young doctor who faced the problems of being a normal teenager.

Harris' additional television credits include "Stark Raving Mad," "Joan of Arc," "The Man in the Attic," "Sesame Street," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Touched by an Angel," "Ed" and "Will & Grace," among many others. He most recently joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's award-winning FX horror anthology "American Horror Story" as a guest star in its fourth season.

On the film side, under the direction of David Fincher, Harris starred alongside Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl," based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn. Harris made his film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the coming-of-age drama "Clara's Heart." Harris' other film credits include notable roles in "The Smurfs," "Beastly," "The Best and the Brightest," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," "Undercover Brother" and "The Next Best Thing."

As a result of the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild of America strike, Harris starred as the aspiring supervillain and lovelorn title character in Joss Whedon's Emmy Award-winning web-based musical miniseries "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Harris was also one of the leading cast members of the all-star Internet hit "Prop 8: The Musical." More recently, Harris starred in and executive produced the comedic web series "Neil's Puppet Dreams" from the Jim Henson Company.

A veteran of the theater, Harris most recently originated the role of Hedwig, the transgendered rock goddess, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's landmark 1998 rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." His role as Hedwig earned him the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in addition to Drama League, Drama Desk, Audience Choice awards and Outer Critics Circle and Astaire award nominations. Harris has starred in three additional Broadway productions, including the dual roles of the Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical "Assassins." He made his Broadway debut as Anne Heche's unexpected suitor in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of "Proof," and later starred as the exuberant emcee in "Cabaret" at Studio 54.

Additional theater credits include the Hollywood Bowl's production of "Amadeus"; the Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"; "tick, tick…BOOM!" at London's Menier Chocolate Factory; "The Paris Letter" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; the concert production of "Sweeney Todd" with the San Francisco Symphony; "Romeo and Juliet" at The Old Globe Theater; and the L.A. production of "Rent," which garnered him a Drama Desk Award.

Harris made his musical directorial debut with the 2010 Hollywood Bowl's staging of "Rent," starring Nicole Scherzinger, Vanessa Hudgens and Wayne Brady. Harris most recently directed the highly acclaimed and intimate illusion show "Nothing to Hide," featuring award-winning magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães, at the Geffen Playhouse, and which later opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York in 2013.

Always busy with voiceover work, Harris has contributed to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Adventure Time," "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions," "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "Batman: Under the Red Hood," "Robot Chicken," "Family Guy," "Justice League: The New Frontier" and "Capitol Critters."

Harris recently lengthened his list of credits with his first literary project. Titled "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography," the book is a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive nonlinear reading experience which breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. The autobiography was released last year and published by Crown Publishing Group at Random House; the paperback edition will be released on September 15, 2015.