Neil Patrick Harris Raps and Duels Hugh Jackman as 2011 Tonys Host

Take a bite out of this, 2011 Oscars. We were starting to think that our only choices for award shows were the dull and mundane, like The Oscars, or the completely pointless, like the MTV Movie Awards. Thank God for Neil Patrick Harris, because while I’m not as much of a Broadway buff as I could be, last night’s Tonys were actually fun. That’s right, I said they were f-u-n. Weird, huh?

Well, we can thank the lovely, charming, wonderful, hilarious, awesome, fantastic, supercalifragilistic NPH for making it a grand ol’ time. Here are our favorite moments from his second turn as host, wherein he raps (yeah, you read that right) about theater, does a dueling duet with fellow former Tonys host Hugh Jackman, and of course an opening number featuring a bumbling Brooke Shields, a dapper Stephen Colbert and a promise that Broadway “is for straight people too.”

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.

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