Neil Patrick Harris has been named Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year for 2014.
The How I Met Your Mother actor will be this year's recipient of the annual award issued by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest theatrical organization. The release cites his television and stage career, as well as his Emmy hosting and production duties.
Harris will be present at the Man of the Year festivities on Feb. 7, complete with a celebratory roast for the actor and the presentation of his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will be held at 8:30 p.m., after the roast, followed by the opening night performance of its 166th production, Victorian Secrets. Harris will also receive a tour of the new Hasty Pudding Headquarters, which recently relocated to the historic Hyde-Taylor House in Harvard Square.
"I assume this is for that pudding wrestling competition I won last April...right?" said Harris. "It was dark and seemed quite seedy at the time -- I'm stoked that it's connected with Harvard. Fancy! Can't wait!"
Established in 1951, the Man of the Year honor is given to performers who have made lasting contributions to entertainment. Its past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel and Kiefer Sutherland.
Helen Mirren was named Woman of the Year and will be honored Jan. 30.