Conan O'Brien

Image 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?