Hugh Jackman has proved (time and time again) that he’s an excellent awards show host but, then again, so did Neil Patrick Harris, this year’s host of the Tony Awards. What could be better then than to have the two on the same stage, duking it out for this position.
As the video below will confirm, one of the best moments of the night at the Tony Awards 2011 was when Hugh Jackman took to the stage, apparently to present an award.
Instead of that, though, he got into a host-off with Neil Patrick Harris, which culminated in a song medley and dance-off, much to the delight of audiences.
The New York Mag says the moment definitely makes it on the list of top 5 highlights of the night, confirming once more – if confirmation was further needed – that you can always rely on either star for solid entertainment.
However, when you bring the both of them into the mix, pure, first-class entertainment is guaranteed.
“Halfway through the show, for no good reason except to supply delight, Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris did a medley,” NY Mag writes.
“The set up was that previous Tony host Jackman was feeling competitive with Harris (or as he dismissed him, Neil Patrick Harrisman). It started with some jabs about being a movie vs. a TV star and then blossomed into a mash-up duet,” says the publication.
Among the most hilarious lines the two belted out, one immediately notices “Any show you can host I can host better” and the alternative “Any dance you can dance I can dance better,” and “Don’t rain on my parade.”
Nevertheless, it was the fully choreographed dance number that really did it for the audience, not the medley, the aforementioned media outlet notes.
The punchline was downright ridiculously funny.
“As if any performance that includes a Viva Laughlin joke weren’t good enough, the number climaxed with Harris and Jackman shaking hands while Jackman sang the following line from Anything Goes’s ‘You’re the Top’: ‘But buddy if I’m the bottom you’re the top,’ a double entendre so unsubtle it may as well be a single entendre,” NY Mag writes.
For those not in the know, Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay.