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On YouTube puppet show, Neil Patrick Harris’ dreams are deeply felt

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Updated: January 3, 2013 6:18AM

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.

Each episode of “Neil’s Puppet Dreams” at presents an exclusive look at the “How I Met Your Mother” star’s puppet-infested dreams. Nathan Fillion and Joe Manganiello guest star.

“The concept of dreams seemed like a great way to tell all kinds of different stories in all kinds of different styles,” said Harris, 39. “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.”

Harris has 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 Co. he jumped at the chance.

“I’ve 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.

By creating a show for the Web rather than TV or film, Harris didn’t have to worry about satisfying studio executives. “I loved that we could create anything we wanted without anyone telling us we couldn’t.”

Gannett News Service

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