“This was the grandest spectacle ever staged by the festival […]” – Montréal Gazette
“To describe the series as a variety show does not convey the genre-busting newness of the concept.” – The Canadian Press#CircusAwesomeness TORONTO (March 14, 2016) – Neil Patrick Harris has run off and joined the circus! The best seats in the house are reserved for HBO Canada viewers when NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS, an unprecedented comedy event hosted by Tony® award-winning actor, comedian, and now ringmaster, Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) premieres Saturday, Mach 19 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, exclusively on HBO Canada. From puppets to magicians to jugglers and singing clowns, the 74-minute Original Special, taped by Bell Media last July in front of a live audience at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, brings the laughs with over-the-top humour and an array of performances that promise to amaze. “I promise you curiosities, I promise you wonders, and I promise you the few moments where you’ll turn to your husband or your wife or your significant other and you’ll say: “WHAT THE F*** WAS THAT?” – just wait,” said Harris. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS includes an extraordinary cast of characters handpicked by Harris himself. The special features gravity-defying acrobat Hugo Desmarais, the incredible beatboxing Beardyman, juggling sensation Nicolas Fortin, Australian puppet-human comedy duo Sammy J & Randy, little person comedian Brad Williams, sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk, cabaret superstar Bridget Everett (recently seen in HBO’s GIRLS), mysterious magician Ed Alonzo, and towering circus clown and singer extraordinaire Puddles Pity Party. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS is produced by Just For Laughs Television in partnership with Bell Media’s The Movie Network. Executive producers are Bruce Hills and Gilbert Rozon. For Bell Media, production executives are Sarah Fowlie and Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.