On Tuesday, Neil Patrick Harris'? '?Neil's Puppet Dreams' premiere's on the Nerdist YouTube channel.
Some people dream of fame and fortune. Not Neil Patrick Harris. He already has that.
Filling the star's sleeping hours and his new Web series? Puppets.
Neil's Puppet Dreams debuts Tuesday and airs every Tuesday except Christmas and New Year's Day on the Nerdist YouTube Channel.
Each episode of the seven-part Web series presents an exclusive look at
Harris' puppet-infested dreams. Nathan Fillion and Joe Manganiello
"The concept of dreams seemed like a great way to
tell all kinds of different stories in all kinds of different styles,"
Harris, 39, said in a telephone interview. "You can dream and your
dreams can be hilarious, your dreams can be terrifying, your dreams can
be poignant, or your dreams can be absolute nonsense."
always loved puppets. "Jim Henson was the only person I ever wrote a
fan letter to," he recalls. So when Chris Hardwick, co-president of
Nerdist Industries, approached him about creating a Web series with the
help of puppet master Brian Henson of the Jim Henson Company, he jumped
at the opportunity.
always just been enamored by people that can be so creative with
something that's put together with felt, ping-pong balls and glue," says
Harris. "I vividly remember Sesame Street growing up and Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal and The Muppet Show, so I was really drawn to that sense of humor and level of overt creativity."
But Sesame Street this isn't. "We're actively not doing a kids puppet show," says Harris.
creating a show for the Web rather than TV or film, Harris didn't have
to worry about studio executives telling him or his puppets what they
could and couldn't say. "I loved that we could create anything we wanted
without anyone telling us we couldn't...We were just able to go with what
In addition to filming Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother,
Harris is currently directing a magic show at the Geffen Playhouse in
Los Angeles and caring for his two children with partner and Puppet Dreams co-star and executive producer David Burtka.