2014: What A Year: Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris performing from 'Hedwig' at the Tony Awards. (CBS)

Life just seems to get better and better for Neil Patrick Harris and 2014 was clearly no exception. But, as I prepped this post, even I was amazed how much he accomplished. Sure, he won a Tony for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and he hosted every awards show in existence (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration) but let’s look over the past twelve months and see why 2014 was one hell of a year for NPH.

“Billy On The Street”: Harris guest starred on Billy Eichner’s hilarious Funny Or Die series on Fuse in March and asked New Yorkers how they were handling the end of “How I Met Your Mother,” which went off the air later that month after nine successful seasons. Here’s a clip:

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“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”: We’ve all marveled at the seemingly effortless way that NPH works it as a song and dance man when he’s hosted various awards shows but even I wasn’t ready for what he brought to the role of the East German transgender singer nursing a broken heart but also belting out song after song on the Broadway stage. In June, Harris would win the Tony for the role and I can tell you having seen him in the show that he absolutely deserved it. Bravo! (And while Hugh Jackman hosted this year, Harris would win an Emmy in September for his hosting duties in 2013). Here’s his performance at the Tony Awards:

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A Million Ways To Die In The West“: Harris played it straight on the big screen in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy set in, you guessed it, the Old West. He played the boyfriend to Amanda Seyfried and, in the course of the film, he has a bit of a problem with some laxatives slipped unknowingly to him. The movie didn’t do massive business at the box office but it wasn’t a failure either.

Marriage: Harris and Burtka have been in the public eye for a long time but they still hadn’t gotten married but that all changed in September when they tweeted the news to the world. Harris tweeted, “Guess what? @DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband’.” The guys wore Tom Ford tuxedos and were married by “HIMYM” producer Pamela Fryman with Elton John along to sing during the ceremony. Not too shabby, huh?

The happily married couple! (E!)

Gone Girl“: As if the year wasn’t already going pretty damn well, NPH was a part of the cast of one of the most highly anticipated big screen adaptations this year.” While Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike wow’d us in the lead roles of a married couple whose relationship imploded before our eyes, Harris played the smarmy role of Desi, the ex-boyfriend of Pike’s Amy. The film was a huge hit and it was great to see Harris in a more dramatic role.

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“Choose Your Own Autobiography”: With everything he’s doing on television, stage and the big screen, how did he have time to also write a book? Who knows but in Harris’s interactive autobiography, the reader gets to live Harris’s life. As the book description reads, “at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.” Hilarious and a welcome change from the heavy, woe-is-me laden celeb book, right?

Out 100: Harris appeared in the recent issue of OUT Magazine to pay tribute to “Hedwid” with John Cameron Mitchell (creator and original Hedwig), Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) and David Binder (producer).

London Fog: Go to the website for the favorite clothing/accessory brand and there is Harris and Burtka, marking the first gay couple to appear in the brand’s advertising. It’s great to see more big name brands embrace the gay consumer by using gay couples as often as straight. Yes, it’s becoming the norm, isn’t it?

2015: And things aren’t about to slow down in 2015 for NPH, it seems. First . he’ll appear on the January 7th episode of FX’s “American Horror Story.” Here’s a preview of the episode:

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But even bigger, NPH will be hosting the Academy Awards for the first time on February 22nd. Since he's done just about every other awards show the past few years, I'm not worried.

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