The Fab 40
You can get through a meal with any number of people, but hanging out is a much different story. Why? Because hanging out is, by definition, a slowly evolving activity that requires no forethought. You just have to be — in the moment, in the right frame of mind — and so, you need to have the right kind of person that can roll with the punches. And by "roll with the punches," we mean "not be annoying."
There’s an inherent warmth that you immediately feel from some people. You can see it in their smile and eyes, as they almost magically pull you into their orbit and, after a few minutes, it feels like you’ve known them forever. The following is our list of the 40 people we’d most like to hang out with. And there’s not an a-hole in the bunch. We also wanna know: Who would be on your list?
Host and Executive Producer of "This American Life," 54
Why: No one has ever conveyed more curiosity and compassion in a lisp.
Hall of Fame Baller and TNT Analyst, 50
Why: He’s a straight shooter, sarcastic as hell and is the perfect person to share beer and hot wings with.
Alta Cocker, 87
Why: Well, we need at least one really old guy, so it may as well be the funniest person who ever lived.
Singer/Songwriter, Growler, 63
Why: It would be like time-traveling with someone from another planet in another dimension, and also because no one tells a better story.
Why: We’d want to sit patiently and quietly with her, observing everybody else.
George R.R. Martin
Author, Geek Icon, 64
Why: Because we so want to try on his cap. And find out what happens in the last book of GoT, without reading 1,100 pages.
Writer, Actress, Comedian, Bossypants, 43
Why: She's the perfect balance of cool and uncool, is the funniest woman alive and we secretly have a crush on her.
Humorist, Most Gracious Book Signer, 56
Why: He would bring over his whole family and we're dying to meet the Rooster.
Host and Co-Executive Producer of "Fresh Air," 62
Why: She could very well be the nicest person on the planet and will ask the one question we’ve never been asked that, in answering, will change our lives forever.
Rolling Stone, 69
Why: Because he’s still alive. No, really, he is.
Comedian, Actress, Bedwetter, 42
Why: She is an almost-six-foot-tall five-year-old, whose unfiltered approach to life is as charming as her obliviousness about her own beauty ... and she will be nice to us after we're totally ignored by Tina Fey.
Country Music Legend, 80
Why: He smoked weed in the White House. And, we haven't hung out with anyone wearing braids in a very long time.
Why: Because _______. And also ________.
Writer's Writer, 59
Why: She writes what’s inside of our heads and hearts, and can crack us up and make us cry within the same sentence.
Tennis Great and TV Analyst Extraordinaire, 54
Why: Yes, we’re completely serious. We would have a great time with the music and sports aficionado (although we'd be reluctant to piss him off).
Singer/Songwriter, Poet, 66
Why: She has an original, fearless take on the world and we hope some of her cool creativity may rub off on us.
Satirist, Preeminent Wise Guy, 49
Why: In-character or out, Stephen Colbert can make us see things more clearly.
Extremely Handsome Actor, 49
Why: He’s that good looking and can laugh at himself, a combination virtually none of us have.
Singer/Songwriter, Diva, 65
Why: She’s a gypsy, and there aren’t many of them left. And who better to sing "Landslide" with, when we've had one too many?
Extremely Versatile Actor, 57
Why: As long as you keep repeating to yourself, “He’s not Walt. He’s not Walt,” you could invite him to a family barbecue.
Steve Van Zandt
Musician, Actor, E-Streeter, 62
Why: He has been the man next to “the man” for half a century. Not to mention, “Cappicola? Right here.”
Hilarious Actress, 42
Why: She seems like the realest person to come out of Hollywood since … ever.
Stand-Up God, Actor, Writer, 48
Why: He can make a restaurant menu sound funny. And he says the things that we're all thinking and don't have the guts to say.
Genius Singer/Songwriter, Independent Thinker, 52
Why: She would be the coolest person you know. And that exquisite voice …
Actor, Very Nice Guy, 38
Why: Because if you're a woman ... he's Bradley Cooper. And if you're a man, he'll draw good-looking women over to watch football because ... he's Bradley Cooper.
Author and New Age Guru, 65
Why: Change of plans? No big deal.
Nicest Guy in Rock, 44
Why: It’s rare to hang out with someone so important to music history and its future. And you wouldn’t even know it by hanging out with him.
Actress, Comedian, 52
Why: She is like the cool sister we wish we had. And she's also one of those people whose smile lights up the room while remaining unaware that her smile lights up the room.
Who: The Thin White Duke, 66
Why: Because then you would actually be able to say, “So I was hanging out with David Bowie ...” and no one would assume you were full of it.
Actor, Hell of a Nice Guy, 42
Why: He would play on your company’s softball team, no question.
Journalist, Co-Anchor of "CBS This Morning," 39
Why: Her bawdy laugh would sound great at the tail end of one of your lame jokes.
Alta Cocker Actress, 87
Why: Her Twitter feed, filled with filthy jokes and observations, point to a thoroughly modern woman, and who in their right mind wouldn't want to hang out with Frau Blücher?
NFL Hall-of-Famer and TV Host, 41
Why: He can keep up with 300-pound right tackles and 100-or-so pound TV co-hosts.
Who: Sex-Advice Columnist, Shit Stirrer, 48
Why: No one has ever offered more helpful, insightful and cogent advice about sex (and life), and we can use all the help we can get.
King of All Media, 59
Why: When you peel away Babbaboey and the F-bombs, he's really just a nice Jewish boy from Long Island.
Author, Billionairess, 47
Why: She’s one of the world's greatest storytellers and you'll totally impress your kids and grandkids when you tell them that you were hanging out with Harry Potter's mom.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singer/Songwriter, 71
Why: She’s written about 1,000 amazing songs and wherever she goes, it seems likely that James Taylor will show up.
Anchor of "Good Morning America," 52
Why: She’s smart, courageous and knows tons of entertainment and sports gossip.
Iron Chef, Writer, Restaurateur, 52
Why: He doesn’t look like the type to get bored with hanging out and suggest … exercising.
Actor, Writer, Comedian, 66
Why: Despite the fact that he appears to be the epitome of misery loving company, there is really no one else in the world we'd rather hang with.