NBC’s ‘Best Time Ever’ Is Also Wild And Chaotic

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kick Off Neil Patrick Harris’ New Show Best Time Ever With Our Favorite Celebrity Pranks of All Time.

Actually, to be fair to that late, great, long-gone genre, NBC’s Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris is not so much a variety show as it is a live, hour-long collection of late-night and daytime talk show bits dragged into primetime. In addition to what we can only guess will be some legendary schemes, the former How I Met Your Mother star promises musical acts, comedy skits, audience giveaways and more will unfold on his new show. This new series is part variety show, part game show, part “Candid Camera.” And today on Hulu, the first episode of “The Mindy Project” begins streaming. Barnum. “The nice thing about the show is that it is all fed in bite size segments,” he tells Fox411. “It is going to be very gif-friendly and YouTube clip friendly.” Segments will include “Neil Vs.” where the host squares off in one-on-one competitions with audience members (think: human bowling) and “Singalong Live,” which surprises home viewers with a chance to participate in the live broadcast and win prizes. “I think this fits into my skill set pretty strongly right now because I have done all the live stuff,” says Harris, who has previously hosted the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Tony Awards.

NPH is no stranger to going that extra mile for a few laughs (who else would strip down to their skivvies for the Oscars?!), but the funnyman has some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to pulling practical jokes. 1. You will want to talk about it the next day and you will need to be watching because, well…you may be in it!” The premiere episode will feature guest “sidekick” Nicole Scherzinger and child actor Nathaniel Motulsky as “Little NPH,” who will conduct celebrity interviews and appear in other pre-arranged segments. “This is something I am surprised has not been done in the U.S. before. For years, Clooney has gone toe-to-toe with Brad Pritt, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and even his own father with some pretty brutal stunts, but nothing quite compares to the on-set prank he pulled on The Monuments Men co-star Matt Damon.

Clooney’s undercover work was so stealth that Damon didn’t even find out until after filming wrapped that the actor had been stealing his clothes, and having them taken in, as to make Damon think he was gaining weight! Forced and frantic, what Best Time most often relied upon Tuesday night was the minimal pleasure of watching people be good sports — coupled with a seemingly unshakeable belief that seeing celebrities have fun is fun in and of itself.

As an example of that faith in the power of on-air bonded celebrity hijinks, you have the show’s first guest announcer, Reese Witherspoon, unknowingly (or at least so the show said) recruited into an American Ninja Warrior stunt with Harris on a suspended metal obstacle course. You got to see a bewildered couple discover that Harris had inserted himself into their lives without their knowledge: serving as their doorman at their hotel; mugging them at a college football game dressed as an elephant mascot; even photo-bombing their wedding. The folks on NBC’s The Voice — in one of the show’s most unwise cross-promotional moments — were surprised to discover their show’s Austrian-edition host, interviewing them, was actually Harris in another one of his disguises. Ahead of the Terminator Genisys release, Arnie suited up in character to prank unsuspecting tourists at Madame Tussauds wax museum in West Hollywood while they posed with his “wax” figure.

For more than two months, the TV stars went back and forth, with DeGeneres employing some clever editing to reveal the Today show co-host whipping Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, and Lauer retaliating by dropping 20,000 ping-pong balls through the sunroof of Ellen’s beloved Porsche Cayenne. It all came to a head when DeGeneres released a racy video of Lauer lounging in his birthday suit as he shaves his legs, plays ping-pong and even slaps his butt with a paddle.

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