Girl who asks Conan to prom gets delightful letter back. Which celebrity would you ask to prom?

Conan-paul-ruddImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicIt’s prom season, PopWatchers! You know what that means: Every single high schooler in America will soon be suffering from some serious “I Gotta Feeling” fatigue. But it also means all our teens are currently consulting their prom date short lists.

And, if you ask me, one teen, Nikki Simmons, got it right back in 2003 when she wrote a letter to Conan O’Brien, asking him to her prom. Apparently, he wrote her back, complete with a self-drawn cartoon of himself: “Dear Nikki, Thanks for your very flattering offer. It’s great to know I have such a devoted fan out there, and I’m sure you would make a great prom date. (I didn’t go to mine — it’s a very sad story.) Unfortunately, I got married recently, and my wife doesn’t allow me to go to proms anymore with cute 16-year-old girls. Still, it was very cool of you to ask me. Thanks and have a great evening. Your friend, Conan.” (See the letter, which is making the rounds on the blogosphere today, embedded after the jump.)

This is all kinds of awesome, but also makes me feel depressed that I couldn’t even get Hayley Mills to send me anything more than an autographed picture when I wrote her. (And I even sent her a photocopy of a biography I wrote about her in third grade. I gave her my heart written on 10 double-spaced pages. She gave me an autographed picture written with a pen. Sigh.) But it also makes me wonder which celebrity I would ask to prom. And I think I would have to go with Paul Rudd, not only because he’d smell like Sex Panther, but also because he’s got some awesome dance moves. (Bonus dancing footage: Paul Rudd and Conan together!) My pitch to him: I don’t taste like a burger! Unfortunately, since I am in my 20s and cannot go to prom, I can’t actually ask him. Instead, I’m stuck living vicariously through high schoolers by doing the “Rockafeller Skank” dance all alone in my office.

What celebrity would you most like to party with at prom, PopWatchers?


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  • David

    Meryl Streep!

    • Meryl Streep

      Sorry, David, I’m going with the retarded guy from “I Spit on Your Grave.”

      • David



        Tracey Gold – she was in one of the best prom-based movies of all time! – “Dance Til Dawn” – it was a 80s NBC made for tv movie but really good just the same, she played the geek asked to the prom by the popular guy.

  • Michele

    Probably Stephen Merchant. Even though there’s a ridiculous height difference, he completely makes me swoon.

  • Molly

    Andy Samberg :D

  • yepitsme

    Conan = pure class.

    • Russell

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Sarah

      Isn’t he the best!!

  • Are you kidding???

    ADAM LAMBERT!!! I’d be with the best-looking guy in the room, AND he can dance!
    If I’m really lucky, maybe he’d also do my makeup!

  • Laura

    I, too, would have picked Conan. It would surely be the most entertaining night ever.

  • shawshank

    You wrote a ten page paper in 3rd grade?

  • smile313

    Daniel Radcliffe!!!! We could be awkward together.

    • meggie

      same here! i’d totally take him to my prom!

  • gen

    mmmmmmm Paul Rudd……yummy

  • Brynna

    Andy Samberg, Jason Segel, or Chris Pine.

    • Lady Pirate

      I’d second Chris Pine.

      • Ariel

        I third Chris Pine!

  • arielle

    mike birbiglia

  • Ambient Lite

    I think I want to go to prom with Jason Segel. Yessss.

    • Catherine

      Oh yessss!

  • Madd

    Jon Hamm! Not only would he be gorgeous to stare at all night, but he’s funny, too!
    Seriously, though, who did you THINK I was going to say?!

    • Ambient Lite

      Ha, too funny!

  • Catherine

    Robert Pattinson, but obviously I wouln’t have him all to myself. Ok, I know how this sounds… Rob! Pfff… I wouldn’t bet on him knowing how to dance.

  • Alia

    Cory Monteith, mostly because he never got to go to his (because he dropped out), and that’s really sad. Plus, he’s taller than I am, even in heels.

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