The Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Man Of The Year


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CAMBRIDGE, MA (December 23rd, 2021) – After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals announces JASON BATEMAN as the recipient of its 2022 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding is proud to present this honor to an Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe award-winning actor. From being the DGA’s youngest ever director for directing three episodes of “Valerie” at age 18, to starring in numerous television shows and movies, to starting his own production company, Mr. Bateman has made a significant and meaningful impact in the worlds of television and film.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1967 with past recipients including Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, and Ryan Reynolds.

The Man of the Year festivities will take place on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Bateman at 6:00pm and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 6:20pm. Afterwards, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will perform a preview of HPT 173: Ship Happens, the Pudding’s third-ever production featuring both men and women in the cast and HPT’s first show in two years after cancelling the show for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are stoked to present Jason Bateman with the 55th annual Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve handed one of these out, so we figured we’d give it to the guy who all our moms have crushes on after watching “Ozark”. Can’t wait to see you soon, Jason!” said Pudding President Nick Amador. “We have put tremendous effort into returning to the stage after the pandemic and having Jason Bateman join us in this exciting homecoming is a dream come true,” added co-producer Lucy Goldfarb.

Jason Bateman has become a prolific multi-hyphenate both in front of and behind the camera as an actor, producer, and director. On his Netflix series OZARK, Mr. Bateman, together with the other show producers, were recently nominated for the ‘Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television’ by the Producers Guild of America. Mr. Bateman was also individually nominated by the Directors Guild of America for ‘Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series.’ In 2019, Mr. Bateman earned an Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.’ Additionally, he has been nominated for multiple Emmy®, SAG®, and Golden Globe® awards for his leading television roles in OZARK and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the former of which earned him the 2019 SAG® Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series,’ and the latter of which won him the 2005 Golden Globe® for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series.’  Mr. Bateman is also known for his starring roles in films such as “Horrible Bosses” series, “Game Night,” “Identity Thief,” “Bad Words,” which was also his directorial debut, just to name a few.

Currently, Mr. Bateman’s production company Aggregate, is producing the following projects, “Florida Man,” a drama series for Netflix, the romantic comedy feature film “Your Place or Mine” together with Reese Witherspoon, then the Apple series “Lessons in Chemistry,” and the feature film, which Mr. Bateman will direct “Here Comes the Flood.”  

Aggregate also produced and Mr. Bateman directed two episodes of the Emmy nominated HBO drama” The Outsider” as well as the drama series, “A Teacher,” for FX, their highest viewed series of 2020. Bateman, together with Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes launched the SmartLess podcast in July 2020, produced by Wondery. Guests thus far include Vice President Kamala Harris, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Cranston, Paul McCartney, and Tina Fey, to name a few. “Smartless” will embark on a live tour across North America in February 2021, which will be filmed exclusively for Discovery + for a limited, documentary series to launch in 2022.
PRESS CREDENTIALING is open for the Man of the Year event. An online application form can be found at and completed forms should be submitted to Please submit forms by Monday, January 31st at 5 PM. Hasty Pudding Theatricals will be following all Harvard University and local COVID-19 guidelines, press will be required to be masked for the entirety of our events.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 173rd production, Ship Happens, order online at, email, or contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205, starting January 12th, 2021. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke Street from February 6th-March 6th. The company then travels to Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda for performances on March 16th– 18th. Patrons must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within the past 24 hours to attend all performances, masks will also be required.