Saturday 16 December 2017

WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris reveals intense prep for Oscars hosting gig

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars on Sunday night
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars on Sunday night
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

When you're hosting the Oscars there's a lot more to do than simply show up, as Neil Patrick Harris reveals in a new teaser video.

The American actor has the formidable task of fronting the biggest awards show of the season on Sunday night and he reveals he's involved in everything from writing jokes to musical numbers to making the jitty red carpet set feel relaxed.

He may be an awards show veteran, but he says that even writing a single joke can be gruelling.

"It's a shockingly long process of writing a single joke," he says.  "Because you have to say it. It doesn't sound right, you change one verb or you change one parenthetical and see if it's better with a bigger set up. All for an 'I showed my wiener in Gone Girl' joke."

He also reveals there will be a big musical number...

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