He told a lengthy, off-color monkey joke and donned a multicolored Muppet bra before the Pudding Pot was finally his to keep. Last night at Harvard, Hasty Pudding 2012 Man of the Year Jason Segel did what honorees before have done—humiliate himself before a large and enthusiastic audience—as his career flashed before his eyes, in a blur of feathers, capes, sequins, and puns. The actorwriter- comedian took it all in stride, naturally, as his Harvard hosts made sport of several Segel costars (Russell Brand, Katherine Heigl, Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris), persuaded their guest of honor to down a bowl of barbecue sauce (don’t ask), and goofed on Segel’s lesser-regarded movies (‘‘ ‘Bad Teacher,’ now that was a joke’’). Clad in a blue tuxedo, Segel mostly beamed throughout the 15- minute ceremony, which also had him warbling a ‘‘Rainbow Connection’’ parody. He even worked in a plug for Mr. Sid, the family clothing business. At a press conference afterward, Segel called the night ‘‘very, very cool’’ and invoked the memory of his grandmother, a graduate of Radcliffe’s class of 1933. ‘‘She would have been really proud’’ of seeing him at Harvard, he said. Asked which stars he’d most like to work with someday, Segel mentioned Jack Nicholson (‘‘the coolest of all time’’). He also said he’d like to play a movie villain and predicted a 34-27 Patriots victory in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. And what might he do with the pot? Something practical, Segel replied, like drink out of it. The award ceremony, cohosted by Jyotika Banga and Mary Jane Sakellariadis, both Harvard juniors, was followed by a performance of this year’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals show, ‘‘There Will Be Flood.’’ Earlier in the day, Segel dined at Upstairs at the Square on rare steak and citrus salad.
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