Neil Patrick Harris as the Shoe Fairy on an upcoming "Sesame Street."
Is "Sesame Street" the new "Saturday Night Live"?
It sure seems that way lately, with young stars going for "Street" cred by appearing on the iconic children's television show. Norah Jones did it, and Feist earlier this year turned her hit "1,2,3,4" into a tailor-made kids counting song. Lots of celebs make the effort.
The latest hip visitor to the street: Neil Patrick Harris. Fresh off his successful role in Joss Whedon's Internet musical last week, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," Harris shows up in this video (we can't embed it!) as the Shoe Fairy. Well ...
... as he explained it to AfterElton: "Not the shoe fairy - the fairy shoe person. It's quite a different connotation. I was asked by 'Sesame Street' to be a part of a song, and I just leapt at the opportunity. Jim Henson was the only person I ever wrote a fan letter to as a kid, and I'm a wild fan of puppets and the Henson Company in general. They wrote a song, wanted me to sing it. There are all these different mythical characters this season. Sandra Oh plays another type of fairy that Abby Cadabra creates and so we got to do this big musical number with puppets and dancing. It was a great, great afternoon. It's one demographic that I have yet to win over."
If you didn't catch it earlier, here's the Feist performance. After using the Calgary-based Old Trout Puppet Workshop troupe for the video for her single "Honey Honey," she wound up at Children's Television Workshop working with American puppets.