Teen has no boys left to invite to prom so instead she invites Danny DeVito cardboard cutout

To each his own
June 28, 2018 3:54 pm Last Updated: June 28, 2018 3:54 pm

Most teens don’t dream of taking a short, bald old man to prom. But for one girl, it was a dream come true.

Allison Closs, a student at Carlisle High School in Pennsylvania, couldn’t quite find the right date to go to her senior prom with last month.

“It seems like all the good guys were taken and all the ones that weren’t taken I wasn’t really interested,” Closs said according to Inside Edition.


But it turns out her dream date wasn’t a guy at school—it was a guy on TV.

Specifically, this guy:

A fan of the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, particularly Danny DeVito’s Frank, Closs knew there was only one man worthy of being her prom date.

She decided to take Danny DeVito to prom … sort of.

While many teens have asked celebrities to show up to their prom, Closs came up with a different approach.

“One day I had this idea,” Closs said. “What if I just brought a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to prom?”

And that’s exactly what she did.


Spending $100 on Amazon, Closs purchased a cardboard cutout of the actor and a set of wheels to cart him around the dance floor.

“Oh, let me tell you. That was a well spent $100,” she joked.

“I considered other celebrities, like Bill Nye the Science Guy,” she told The New York Post. “But many of them would [have required] ordering a custom-made cutout, and I’m not about that money life, if you know what I’m saying.”

While she says her friends and family were skeptical, Closs followed through on her unusual date idea.


While you would think a living, breathing person would make a better prom date, Closs disagrees—cardboard DeVito turned out to be a date most people would envy.

“Making things work with a human date can be so exhausting,” Closs said. “Danny’s not like that. He just goes with the flow … We never argue, never fight. Plus, he treats me the way a woman should be treated.”

He was the hit of the prom, and while many other students wanted to get a dance with the cutout, Closs kept her man close—mostly because she was afraid of him breaking.


Closs and her inanimate date became a viral sensation once the media got ahold of the story.

“Oh my God. I felt like a celebrity,” she told Inside Edition. “There were some journalists from local news sources and prior to noticing me and Danny rolling up they’re taking pictures of miscellaneous couples.”

But then it got the attention of someone very special.

Of all the responses to the story, the best came from DeVito’s co-star Rob McElhenney, who plays Mac on It’s Always Sunny. The actor gave a shout-out to Closs on Instagram.

“Hey Allison- I heard you took cardboard Danny to Prom,” McElhenney wrote.

“What a coincidence. He took cardboard Allison to Paddy’s…”


The real DeVito took a cardboard cutout of Closs to set!

While it’s usually not a good idea to bring a teen girl to a bar, especially not Paddy’s Pub, the setting of some very adult shenanigans over the sitcom’s 12 seasons, in this case it’s pretty heartwarming.

And of course, Closs was thrilled:

For the teen, who plans to study film and media studies at Gettysburg College next year, it was a huge deal

“As an aspiring filmmaker, it would be huge to be acknowledged by a legend like him,” she told the New York Post before hearing from DeVito.

So to all you teens out there, next time you’re struggling to find a date for prom, remember that the perfect man is out there somewhere: