Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, has named Paul Rudd as its Man of the Year.
The 223-year-old Ivy League drama club, known for comedic revues featuring men in bad drag playing female characters, honored Rudd Friday during a black-tie event on the Cambridge campus, the Boston Globe reports. A celebratory roast poked fun at the 48-year-old actor’s “dad face,” his past as a bar mitzvah DJ, and films such as Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers.
After the Ant-Man star chugged beer alongside students dressed as Thor, the Hulk, and Captain America, he tried to prove his sexiness by doing a runway strut, growling like a lion, and even twerking. Per tradition, he also accepted smooches from undergrads in drag.
Receiving his Pudding Pot, Rudd joked that it was as good as an honorary degree from the prestigious university. “My kids are young,” he said. “Foot in the door?”
Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who’ve made lasting and impressive contributions to the entertainment world. Past male honorees include Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Timberlake.
Last month, while honoring Mila Kunis as Woman of the Year, the troupe announced that it will begin casting women in its shows next year. No women have appeared in a Hasty Pudding production since the group formed in 1795.
Rudd will next be seen in Mute, premiering February 23 on Netflix, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, in theaters July 6.