Amy Poehler Honored And Roasted As Hasty Pudding Honoree
Amy Poehler received the Woman of the Year Award from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Thursday in Cambridge.
Amy Poehler Receives Hasty Pudding Award
Every year, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals names a female and male performer as winners of their annual fake award of a pudding pot, and throw them a festive parade in Cambridge’s Harvard Square.
Following the parade, in which she was flanked by Hasty Pudding members clad in drag, Poehler was roasted.
“Our Woman of the Year created and starred in the animated series ‘The Mighty B’ about a young Girl Scout who believes that if she collects enough scout badges she’ll become a superhero,” said one of Hasty Pudding performers. “Similarly, our Woman of the Year believes that if she collects enough Emmy nominations she might actually win one.”
After gamely sitting through the roast, Poehler, a Burlington, Vt., native and Boston College grad, took to the mic to roast those honoring her.
“I want to say that it’s unsettling that there will be no women on stage tonight,” she said, receiving cheers from he audience. “You know it’s time for a change when the Augusta National Golf Club has lapped you in terms of being progressive.”
“I haven’t seen this many smiling white faces since I took my top off at a mime convention!” Poehler added to more laughs.
Hasty Pudding first started doling out the annual award in 1951, giving it to Broadway star Gertrude Lawrence. In the years since, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren have been among the honorees.