Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig & the Angry Inch

Joan Marcus

Neil Patrick Harris' recent Broadway performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is causing a bit of a stir.

According to Page Six, after a female admirer yelled out "I love you Neil!," during the show Saturday, Harris shot back, "I'm doing something up here, motherf—cker!"  

The former How I Met Your Mother star isn't denying that this happened, but he is saying the supposed curse out was taken out of context, tweeting "It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context."

He pointed fans to a Gossip Cop story which said he didn't curse out a fan during his performance, his character did, adding that the "musical—about a transgender German rocker—is highly improvisational, embracing audience interaction."

Neil Patrick Harris


"Harris and his cast mate were able to turn the fan's well-meaning comment into a entertaining addition to the show," the site continued.

Harris' rep elaborated on this, telling E! News, "When the fan initially yelled, ‘I love you, Neil,' Neil then responded, ‘Who's Neil? I'm not Neil.' He then looked at Yitzhak and said, ‘Are you Neil? You better not be Neil' followed by Hedwig then offering the quote published in Page 6."

When talking about his upcoming role in the production, Harris told Out magazine, "Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I've never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really. I've lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity—it's why I like guys. I'm not a super effete person, and I have to turn into that, and in doing so it brings up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself."

The musical is currently in the middle of previews with the opening night April 22.

-Additional reporting by Marcus Mulick

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