Neil Patrick Harris Curses at Fan During Broadway Performance

04/20/2014 at 02:15 PM EDT

Neil Patrick Harris Yells at Fan During Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris
Joan Marcus
When Neil Patrick Harris's Broadway performance was interrupted by an overzealous fan, the show went on – but not without a little playful improvisation.

The Hedwig and the Angry Inch star had some NSFW words for the female theatergoer who called out mid-show, "I love you, Neil," according to the New York Post.

Without breaking character, he responded: "I'm doing something up here, motherf-----."

This earned the How I Met Your Mother alum, 40, a round of applause.



But Harris's unscripted words were meant to entertain – not offend. When the audience member made the comment, the in-character actor first replied, "Who's Neil? I'm not Neil."

"It was all done in good fun and fully in the context of the show," a rep for Harris tells Gossip Cop. "The audience went crazy, and it really was a light-hearted moment."

Currently in previews, Harris plays an East German transgender rocker looking for love in a revival of the cult hit that originally opened off-Broadway in 1998 and was made famous on both stage and screen by actor John Cameron Mitchell.



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