WHO: Host and executive producer of "This American Life," 57.
WHY: No one has ever conveyed more curiosity and compassion in a lisp.
WHO: Actress, great Dame, 70.
WHY: Because she's a class act in every way, universally revered and yet somehow not full of herself. Plus, she makes turning 70 look like a gas.
WHO: Alta cocker, 89.
WHY: Well, we need at least one really old guy, so it may as well be the funniest person who ever lived.
WHO: Writer, actress, comedian, bossypants, 45.
WHY: She's the perfect balance of cool and uncool, is the funniest woman alive, and we secretly have a crush on her.
WHO: Hall of Fame baller and TNT analyst, 53.
WHY: He's a straight shooter and sarcastic as hell, the perfect person to share beer and hot wings with.
WHO: Anthropologist, 81.
WHY: We'd want to sit patiently and quietly with her, observing everybody else.
WHO: Singer-songwriter, growler, 66.
WHY: It would be like time-traveling with someone from another planet in another dimension, and also because no one tells a better story.
WHO: Host and co-executive producer of "Fresh Air," 65.
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.
WHO: Rolling Stone, 72.
WHY: Because he's still alive. No, really, he is.
WHO: Comedian, actress, bedwetter, 45.
WHY: She is an almost-six-foot-tall five-year-old, whose unfiltered approach to life is as charming as her obliviousness to her own beauty ... and she will be nice to us after we're totally ignored by Tina Fey.
WHO: Country music legend, 82.
WHY: He smoked weed in the White House. And we haven't hung out with anyone wearing braids in a very long time.
WHO: Singer-songwriter, poet, 69.
WHY: She has an original, fearless take on the world and we hope some of her cool creativity will rub off on us.
WHO; "Late Show" host, preeminent wise guy, 51.
WHY: He's a walking contradiction—a satirist who's a truly nice guy.
WHO: Singer-songwriter, diva, 67.
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?
WHO: Stand-up god, actor, writer, 51.
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.
WHO: Hilarious actress, 45.
WHY: She seems like the realest person to come out of Hollywood since … ever.
WHO: Actress, comedian, 55.
WHY: She is the cool sister we wish we had. And she's also one of those people whose smile lights up the room while she remains unaware that her smile lights up the room.
Steve Van Zandt
WHO: Musician, actor, E-Streeter, 65.
WHY: He has been the man next to "the man" for half a century. Not to mention, "Cappicola? Right here."
WHO: Singer-songwriter, actress, legend, 70.
WHY: Because she's freakin' Dolly Parton!
WHO: Actor, writer, comedian, 68.
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.
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