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Korean pop sensation cracks jokes at Harvard

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Dozens of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY arrives in Memorial Church to speak at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students have welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside an ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Korean pop star PSY speaks in Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hundreds of screaming and shouting Harvard University students welcomed South Korean pop star PSY for a conversation inside the ornate church dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

South Korean rapper PSY was welcomed to Harvard University on Thursday night by hundreds of screaming and shouting students and fans, as the “Gangnam Style” star participated in a conversation inside an ornate church.

PSY began addressing students and faculty by noting that his presence at the Ivy League school “is so weird.”

He recalled spending four years studying management at Boston University while marveling at Harvard from afar.

The pop star, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, joked that he’s heard that he is the first person to make a speech at Harvard without a written script.

Harvard professor of Korean history Carter Eckert said the discussion was looking at PSY as a modern global digital culture phenomenon.

PSY cracked jokes throughout this speech and said he was very shocked as his “Gangnam Style” video went viral. He said he was overwhelmed by its success and doesn’t realistically expect to replicate the feat.

“Gangnam Style” was YouTube’s most-viewed video with more than 1.5 billion views. “Gangnam style was not normal. Gangnam was not standard . . . that was an accident and accidents don’t happen often,” he said.

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