Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Man and Woman of the Year Awards

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

About Hasty Pudding Theatricals

Hasty Pudding

2010 Winner Anne Hathaway. Photo by John Harrison

Dressing up in drag and indulging in a mush of porridge, molasses, and honey are the best part of this event: the Man and Woman of the Year Awards.

Students in the Hasty Pudding Theatrical program at Harvard University honor two entertainers annually at the Man & Woman of the Year festivities.

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Celebrities from Hollywood to Broadway trek each year to the highly-respected events in Cambridge, MA, to roast and toast their honored colleagues.

The man and woman are awarded on separate days at Harvard University in January or February.

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During the ceremony

During their ceremonies, each honoree participates in a parade through Cambridge, and is accompanied by the Hasty Pudding students, who dress up in a burlesque cross-dressing style.

Then, the company hosts a formal awards ceremony where the winners are presented with their “Pudding Pot.” Of course, the meal includes a bit of hasty pudding for dessert.

Hasty Pudding

Hasty Pudding society stage

History of Hasty Pudding Theatricals

Hasty Pudding Theatricals society formed in 1795 at Harvard University, and presents student-written and composed works.

The cast traditionally remains all male, with female roles played by the males, but women members of the society now take active roles in writing, producing, and scoring the productions.

History of the awards

The Man of the Year award started in 1967, and the Woman of the Year in 1951.

Past recipients for the men’s category include Paul Newman in 1968, Steve Martin in 1988, and Ben Stiller in 2007. For the women’s category, recipients include Katharine Hepburn in 1958, Julie Andrews in 1983, and Anne Hathaway in 2010.

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