It’s been a rough week, and our friends at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong decided they wanted to give everyone all the smiles. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you watch this new animated music video for their happy-go-lucky song “Penguins”.The video features a pair of paper cut-out penguins having the time of their lives. Watch the penguins as they jump into water, play soccer, walk hand-in-hand, fly through space, ride the rings of Saturn, use each other as skateboards, tumble through the snow, and generally have the best time ever. Eventually, the penguins come across some Penguins Playing Ping Pong and they all rock out together on stage. It is silly and fun and just what the doctor ordered in these dark times.Says Greg Ormont, “We’ve had this music video in our back pocket for a while now, and now seems like the perfect time to give people something to smile about!!”Check out the video for “Penguins” by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong below.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continue their tour with Dopapod tonight in State College, PA, before moving on to Charlottesville, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Stroudsburg, PA. For full tour information for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, check out their website.
Hasty Pudding presents Pudding Pot to youngest honoree in 54-year history Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year honored with tour, parade through the Square Ben Platt named Man of the Year All 17 members of the Radcliffe Pitches a cappella group huddled excitedly in Farkas Hall Friday morning, awaiting the arrival of Ben Platt, Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year.Hasty Pudding members Nick Amador ’22 and Amir Siraj ’21 paced the foyer, preparing to give the Broadway star a tour of the hall, part of the festivities leading up to the award ceremony in the evening.“I’m so excited. I love ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’” said Amador, referring to the hit Broadway musical that featured Platt in the title role.At 26, the actor and singer is the youngest recipient in the 54-year history of the prize. In his relatively brief career he has had major roles on stage (at age 9, he played Winthrop Paroo in “The Music Man” alongside Kristin Chenoweth), in several television shows (including “The Politician,” for which he won a Golden Globe for best actor), and in films (the “Pitch Perfect” franchise). But his breakout role came in “Evan Hanson,” for which he won a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy.“It was really exciting [to win the Hasty Pudding prize] and also crazy to be the youngest,” Platt said. “I don’t feel totally worthy, but I’m excited to be here, and I love theater and musical comedy.”During the tour, which featured displays chronicling the theatrical society’s storied history, Platt took note of some of the previous Hasty Pudding recipients like Meryl Streep — “Everybody wants to be Meryl,” he said — and Rashida Jones, who composed the music for one of the shows.,“I would have assumed she would have written the book or something like that, but I find it very impressive,” he said of the TV and film actor, who also has several screenwriting credits.Platt, known for his role as Benji Applebaum in the wildly popular “Pitch Perfect” movies, got a chuckle from the Radcliffe Pitches’ introduction.“We are the Barden Bellas,” quipped the group’s president, Sophie Webster ’21, referencing the a cappella group from the fictional Barden University around which the movies are centered.Platt was serenaded by the Pitches, gamely joining in for a dance with Sydney McDonald ’21.“They were wonderful,” Platt enthused. “Beautiful blend, beautiful intonation, and they let me dance with them.“They wore beautiful pearls, what’s not to love?” he added.,As the newest winner of the Man of the Year Award, Platt joins the ranks of stars like Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Martin Scorsese, and Samuel L. Jackson.“Hopefully, it’s just sort of like a fire under my butt to keep delivering and keep earning the title, because I haven’t had much time yet,” he said.Additional scheduled festivities included a celebratory roast at 8 p.m., followed by a press conference at 8:30 p.m. The Hasty Pudding troupe would also perform their production of “Mean Ghouls.”“I am nervous [about the roast],” Platt admitted. “I’ve never been roasted before, but I’m excited. I’m very excited.”,Related Elizabeth Banks is roasted, toasted The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.