The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, welcomed actor and screenwriter, Paul Rudd, to Harvard University where he received his Man of the Year award.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hanks, Chris Pratt, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, and most recently, Ryan Reynolds.

The Man of the Year festivities, presented by Related, started early in the day when Mr Rudd was given a tour of Farkas Hall, followed by a private seminar with the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. In the evening, Mr Rudd was given the Pudding’s traditional roast and was then made to earn his Pudding Pot as punishment for the alleged deal he made with the Grim Reaper to not age since 1995. Some of the tasks, which Mr Rudd had to perform, were proving his merits as one of Marvel’s Avengers; doing several line readings, harking to his stage career, including doing impressions of former Man of the Year Robert De Niro and Roastmaster Hannah Needle; and showing that he had what it takes to be a Sex Panther in a nod to Anchorman.

A press conference followed the presentation, which was the live-streamed free and to the public via the Hasty Pudding’s Facebook, as it happened. To close out the festivities, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals members gave the Opening Night performance of their 170th production, Intermission Impossible.

If you’re stateside or heading that way and fancy sampling some Hasty Pudding Theatricals then you can find out more about their 170th production, Intermission Impossible, at their website. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall, located at 12 Holyoke Street, from February 2nd until March 4th. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 9th and 10th, followed by performances on March 14th-16th at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.

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