Friday, February 04, 2011

Native Jay Leno snags Harvard Hasty Pudding pot

Late-night TV host and Massachusetts native Jay Leno was honored as the 2011 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year at Harvard’s New College Theatre on Friday, Feb. 4.

Known for his charged one-liners on the “Tonight Show,” the Emerson grad pranced around the stage donning high heels and an automobile bra replete with flashing headlights.

During the press conference before the roast, Leno mentioned that while he was a student at Emerson he drove the late, great actor Jack Lemmon to Harvard to receive his Pudding Pot back in the ‘70s. When chauffeuring Lemmon to Harvard, the actor asked Leno what he wanted to be. The future TV show host said a comedian. Lemmon mused that someday Leno could fulfill that dream, move to LA, and they would be neighbors.

Ironically, when Leno moved to La-La land, they did end up being neighbors and whenever he saw Lemmon he would always ask Leno if he finally snagged his Pudding Pot.

When Leno finally got his award, he said: “Here's to you, Jack!"

During his stint as the Hasty Pudding driver in the ‘70s, Leno escorted Faye Dunaway, Peter Falk and Liza Minelli.

Anne Hathaway and Justin Timberlake were honored last year. Renee Zellweger and James Franco were honored in 2009. Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron were tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year in 2008.

Click here for photos from Justin Timberlake's Harvard visit from 2010.--Copyrighted hotos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

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