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I've been meaning to get to the latest, possibly over-hyped, big thing on the Web since it went live yesterday — Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," the Web-exclusive three-part musical. I just took 13 minutes to watch the first episode, and I have to say I'm on the love train.

If you want to learn about the musical, check out the coverage on the L.A. Times webscout blog. I can't tell you any better.

But what I CAN tell you is that once upon a time, when I was in a completely different line of work, I was the assistant dramaturg on a play starring one Neil Patrick Harris. This was back in 1993, right after Doogie Howser and before he appeared in one of my favorite flicks. It was also well before he revealed his comic genius with his cameo in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

I didn't get to contribute very much to the play, but I did get to watch Harris work, and I have been singing his praises ever since. He revealed a sure, instinctive talent for comedy, especially the type that I consider the highest form—physical comedy. Neil Patrick Harris is a wonderful pratfaller. He and I didn't get to talk all that much, but when we did, we talked about comedy.

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I couldn't be happier that his career is going well. Watch Dr. Horrible, (the next episode goes live tomorrow) and maybe he'll make more musicals!