Neil Patrick Harris was named man of the year for Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals group.
The collegiate acting group cited his “lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.” These contributions include acting on stage, television, and film; hosting both the Emmy and Tony awards; and also performing as a singer, dancer, and magician.
“With his enviable reputation as a host and showman, we look forward to hosting Mr. Harris for an entertaining and unforgettable evening to recognize his achievements,” Hasty Pudding President Tony Oblen said.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe, dating to the late 18th century. Harris will be given his pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and a roast scheduled for Feb. 7.
“I assume this is for that pudding wrestling competition I won last April … right?” Harris said in a statement. “It was dark and seemed quite seedy at the time — I’m stoked that it’s connected with Harvard. Fancy! Can’t wait.”
Harris first made his name as a child doctor on the television show “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, but is more recently known for his role as Barney in “How I Met Your Mother.”
Last week, Helen Mirren was named Hasty Pudding woman of the year.
Previous winners include Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins.
Last year’s winners were Marion Cotillard and Kiefer Sutherland.