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2015 MAN OF THE YEAR
On Friday, February 6th, 2015, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals hosted Chris Pratt, their 2015 Man of the Year.
Chris’s day started bright and early with a visit to Christopher’ Haven in Boston, a local non-profit organization fro children with cancer, as part of his “Twitterbowl” bet with fellow Marvel actor Chris Evans. Chris wore a Patriots jersey under his Starlord jacket, courtesy of the Pudding, personalized with his name and the number 49, since he is our 49th Man of the Year.
After this short detour, Chris Pratt took a tour of the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse where he learned about the history of the organization, was presented with a Hasty Pudding medal and inducted as a honorary member of the club.
After lunch at Harvest, it was back to the Clubhouse for a company-wide private Q&A where Chris shared anecdotes about his career and dispensed acting tips. At the conclusion of the session he received the now traditional gift basket, full of goodies from local businesses, and a novelty this year, a bespoke, one-of-a-kind pair of Hasty Pudding licensed Stubbs & Wootton slippers bearing his name.
It was then time to head to Farkas Hall for the MOY festivities proper – first, the MOY Roast and Pudding Pot ceremony, during which Chris was a really good sport and played along without missing a beat.
A press conference followed the ceremony, and to close the evening, Chris Pratt attended the premiere of this year’s HPT show, “Oops!... Madrid It Again!”.
On Thursday, January 29th, 2015 the Hasty Pudding Theatricals feted comedian Amy Poehler as their 2015 Woman of the Year.
Amy Poehler’s big day started with a tour of the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse at the historic Hyde-Taylor house at the heart of Harvard Square, where she learned about the rich history of the Club and was inducted as a honorary member of the Hasty Pudding, receiving the traditional medal.
While at the Clubhouse, she looked for the posters of the HPT shows co-written by Hasty Pudding alumna and Parks & Recreation writer Megan Amram.
She was also presented with a one-of-a-kind bespoke pair of Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year slippers, created especially for her by the Pudding’s footwear licensee Stubbs & Wootton.
Finally, she signed a copy of her book which will find its rightful place in our library alongside the books penned by our alumni and former MOYs and WOYs.
After the tour, lunch was served at Sandrine’s, a restaurant on Holyoke Street, where she got to know the members of the company a little better, before heading out to her parade.
At 2:45 p.m. the Woman of the Year parade proceeded along its traditional route down Massachusetts Avenue. Amy Poehler rode in a convertible Bentley, surrounded by Hasty Pudding “Ladies”, with Miss Massachusetts, clowns and a duck boat in tow. The crowd turnout was very impressive, considering the cold and snow banks. People lined the street holding Amy’s book and signs calling for “Leslie Knope for President”.
Upon reaching Farkas Hall, after a brief stop on the stoop for a kiss and kick-line, it was time for the Woman of the Year roast. Jason Hellerstein, President of the Theatricals, and Sam Clarke, Cast Vice-President did the honors.
Once on stage Amy Poehler turned the tables on her “baby faced” roasters and roasted Harvard and the Pudding, thanking us for “reminding everybody how hard it is to write good jokes”…
She then had to “work” for her award, going through a series of improv’ games, including a slow-dance with ‘Kim Jung-Un” and a spirited rap about “pudding”.
After receiving her golden Pudding Pot, she graciously submitted herself to a press conference, before enjoying an exclusive preview of HPT167: ¡Oops!… Madrid It Again!
The public portion of the day over, she participated in a private Q&A with the company, followed by dinner at the Charles Hotel and an after-party at Noir.
ABOUT THE HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.
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