Hasty Pudding’s 2022 Man of the Year Revealed to be Jason “Matt Burton” Bateman

Right about now you probably are thinking to yourself, “What precisely is the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award and is it at all microwavable?” While I’m no authority on the latter, thanks to the devices of our Webster’s Dictionary-loving pals over at The Hollywood Reporter, I can at least accurately report on the former: The Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award is an annual affair since 1967 – sans last year thanks to that ever-pesky gremlin known as COVID-19 – put together by various and sundry bookworms at some little community college known as (ahem) Harvard and is handed out to those lucky souls they deem as having made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the  world of entertainment.” The lucky soul who gets his own Rocky Road-flavored Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award this year is none other than master thespian Jason Bateman; take a bow, Wonder Boy!

 “We are stoked to present Jason Bateman with the 55th annual Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award,” organization Big Kahuna Nick Amador enthused in a press release. “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.”

If Mr. Amador’s quip about everyone’s moms digging on Bateman makes you feel a wee bit long in the tooth, join the club Dear and Constant Reader (unless you’re a Groucho Marx sort of fellow). The stalwart actor of such productions as Arrested Development, Valerie, Little House on the Prairie, Silver Spoons, It’s Your Move, The Break-Up, Juno and Office Christmas Party has been making the rounds of the acting circuit since 1981 and has worked steadily ever since. So yeah, Harvard egg-heads: We’re old and you’re not – but we dress better, have cooler movies and music, and are waaaay less sensitive; just saying.

Congrats to Jason Bateman for the recognition. For those planning on attending the award ceremony, make your plans ASAP: The brother of actress Justine Bateman is set to receive his coveted Hasty Pudding 2022 Man of the Year award on February 3, 2022.

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