6 Undeniable Reasons To Love Neil Patrick Harris

[Frick]YeahNeilPatrickHarrisThe Internet is no stranger to Neil Patrick Harris, or NPH, as our acronym-obsessed culture prefers. The actor/singer/television host extraodinaire is as likable on stage and screen as he is on the streets, as proven by the myriad articles, blog posts, and even an entire Tumblr account dedicated to singing his praises. He flooded headlines when he announced he would host the 2013 Tony Awards (his fourth time), and as soon as the opening number ended, it was no guess his name would continue circulating today. Here's the incredible performance in case you missed it or need to see it again (and again, and again).

Let's take a look at some other things NPH did that wowed us, made us laugh, and restored our faith in humanity:

1. He is charitable like WOAH.

Last November he spent Thanksgiving serving turkey dinner to the homeless with Los Angeles Mission.

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A year prior to that, He and his partner David Burtka hosted a picnic to benefit the children's cancer charity, Alex's Lemonade Stand. They served grilled quail. A bird I thought only existed in Medieval fairytales.


Here's a list of other charities NPH has supported:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Children International

Clothes Off Our Back

Elton John AIDS Foundation

Feeding America

First Book

Food On Foot

Global Green

Hope North

Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation

Noreen Fraser Foundation

Project Angel Food

Real Medicine Foundation

Stand Up To Cancer

Susan G. Komen For The Cure

The Trevor Project

Just to name a few...

2. He's a talkshow host's dream. 

Before his third hosting at the Tony Awards, he appeared on The Colbert Report and handled Colbert's infamous banter like a champ.

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When he made Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2010, he accepted the honor with humility and a signature tongue-in-cheek humor.

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There was also that time when he and Ellen proved how easy acting really is.


3. He is a role model to LGBT people everywhere.

Despite having his decision to come out of the closet thrust upon him, he regarded the pressure as a catalyst to be more open about himself. Rather than deny the rumors, he came out with an unusual maturity and gracefulness.

In an interview with People, he said, “[R]ather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.” 


His reaction to those who tried to create a scandal out of something as personal as his orientation has become an excellent example for other gay men and women to follow.

4. He uses his hybrid as a punch line.

“I drive a Toyota Prius. I named mine Judas. Judas Prius. Get it?” -NPH

5. His twins’ childhoods involve this:


And this:


Apparently Neil and David dress them up for every holiday. Take note future parents! I know from personal experience that dressing up is highly important in the early years of life. My mom created a vampire costume from scratch for me at age 5. I’ve been a vampire for halloween 20 times now. Costumes: the way to your child’s heart.

6. Speaking of costumes, he and David dress up on their own volition. 


Here's one of NPH's instagrams of himself and David at a friend's murder mystery wedding. Because, why the heck not? Gotta nourish that inner-child. Thank you, NPH for instilling that crucial life lesson within all who look to your wacky, inspirational antics.

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