I saw Neil Patrick Harris this past Saturday night. He was dining at Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, a tiny BYOB barbecue spot in the Lower East Side. He was with a group of about nine dudes celebrating a bachelor party (I’m 99.5% certain it was a gay bachelor party, but that’s beside the point).
At first I thought, “Why the hell would Doogie Howser, M.D. dine at a tiny BYOB barbecue joint in the Lower East Side?” The man starred in his own series in the 90s, is currently starring in a hit sitcom, had very memorable rolls in both Harold & Kumar movies and stars in an Old Spice commercial. Surely, he and his friends could’ve afforded to go somewhere else. I even know much better BYOB places in the area where they could’ve eaten and gotten reservations.
In any case, I was very excited to be within 15 feet of the real Doogie Howser, M.D., so I texted a bunch of people about this sighting. I normally don’t care about sightings, but I was in the presence of greatness. He was licensed to practice medicine at 14—the youngest licensed doctor in the country! I had to alert the world.
I got a few amusing responses, but the text from The Little Taquito was priceless: “I don’t even know who that is..but sweet dudeee.”
That didn’t make me feel old at all. I suppose it makes sense for her not to know Doogie. The series ended in 1993, two months before she was born. But still…it’s Doogie Howser M.D.—he was the youngest licensed doctor in the country! I can still hear the theme song in my head, and I can see the letters typing out on the old school WordPerfect blue screen. Oh the good ol’ days…