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Hasty Pudding Theatricals is keeping its annual honors within the Parks and Recreation family. After announcing Amy Poehler as its 2015 Woman of the Year, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. has named Chris Pratt as its 2015 Man of the Year.
Pratt, who plays Andy Dwyer on the NBC sitcom, had a breakout 2014, starring in Guardians of the Galaxy and lending his voice to The Lego Movie, both box-office hits. Pratt will next appear in Universal’s Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters in June.
“We vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with Parks and Recreation,” Hasty Pudding president Jason Hellerstein said in a statement. “There is absolutely no basis to the rumors of ritualistic weekly viewings of the show at the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse. … Joking aside, Chris Pratt’s recent achievements as an actor are outstanding and we could not be more thrilled to host him and celebrate his talent as only the Pudding can.”
The Man of the Year festivities are set for Feb. 6, when Pratt will be roasted and presented with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, Hasty Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square.
Like Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year honor, the Man of the Year honor is presented annually to a performer who has made a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment. Past Man of the Year recipients have included Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco and, most recently, Neil Patrick Harris.
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