Everybody hopes that their favorite celebrities are as cool in person as they are on the screen. Most people find out thatâ€™s not the case. But Milwaukeeâ€™s own Marcus Monroe is here to tell you that Neil Patrick Harris is good people. If you donâ€™t believe him, watch the videoÂ (warning to the faint of heart: language not censored!)
Monroe and Harris gave a hilarious performance at this year's Outside Lands Arts and Music Festival in San Francisco. Posing as an estranged former juggling duo, the two gave a performance that kept the audience in stitches. And of course, the video found its way to YouTube.
"He's a great guy," said Monroe. "We had a lot of fun together."
So how does a humble juggler from Shorewood end up sharing the stage with the famous NPH?
Monroe moved to New York City at the age of 19; his father Rick is the administrator of the Nicolet School District. Monroe attended three years of college in NYC before deciding to "put school on holdâ€¦for life" to pursue his true passion: juggling.Â
"Even through high school and middle school I was performing," he said. "I was into magic but then I got into juggling and I stopped doing magic. Well, some people say I should stop doing juggling, but I don't listen to them." (He's kidding.)
But donâ€™t worryÂ - his dadâ€™s totally cool with it.Â
"My familyâ€™s super-supportive," Monroe said. "Because they see what I do and see that I make people happy and Iâ€™m happy doing it.Â
Monroe still calls New York home but has taken his act on the road â€“ and on the high seas, performing his comedy-based variety show for sold-out audiences on cruise ships, at colleges and even on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
He caught the attention of Lucie Arnaz (yes, that Lucie Arnaz) during one of his cruise ship gigs; they started talking after the show and she eventually signed on as his producer.Â
Enter Neil Patrick Harris.Â
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