05/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cody Willard, Fox Business "Happy Hour" Host, Talks Rivalry With Neil Patrick Harris

The gig: Cody Willard, with his rock-star mane and rapid-fire banter, would hardly be mistaken for some pinstriped Wall Street drone. ["Happy Hour"]'s calculatedly casual style and Main Street populism illustrate how the upstart Fox Business Network seeks to compete with the leading business channel, CNBC.

Cody, the early years: You might think the 36-year-old Willard is the most famous son of Ruidoso, N.M., a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque. You'd be right -- if it weren't for Willard's childhood friend Neil Patrick Harris, best known as television's Doogie Howser and more recently costar of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."

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