Danville teacher who invited Will Ferrell to prom gets answer

Publicist: Actor will be in Europe during San Ramon Valley High's senior ball

A Danville teacher's quest to take actor Will Ferrell to the prom has come to an end weeks after his video invitation to the actor went viral and drew national media attention.

Chad Cochran, a longtime video production, animation and technology teacher at San Ramon Valley High School, got the news from Ferrell's publicist on Monday.

The star of movies such as "Elf" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" will be in Europe during the school's senior ball on May 10.

"We're all pretty sad around here, but at least we got an answer," Cochran said.

The 34-year-old teacher said the idea to ask Ferrell to chaperone the prom with him came during a brainstorming session with his leadership video class as they studied how Internet videos go viral, he said.

With his students' help, Cochran put together a video in which he explains that while he is happily married with two children and two dogs, his wife won't be able to make it to the prom.

"So I kinda need someone to go with me," he explained in the video.

Cochran promised Ferrell that their prom date would include a chocolate fountain, riding in a school bus and a boutonniere purchased from a chain grocery store.

One of the actor's high school dance photos was superimposed with Cochran's face to give Ferrell an idea of what their prom pictures might look like.

The video went viral, making the rounds on websites and news channels across the country and as far as Australia. Cochran said he heard from people he hadn't spoken to in years.

"Someone said, 'Hey, I just saw you in a taxicab in New York,'" he said.

So when the teacher and his students heard nothing back from Ferrell, "We decided it was time to step it up and make one more video," he said.

The second video featured dozens of students as Cochran tours the San Ramon Valley High campus.

And while many of them are feeling the disappointment along with their teacher this week, he said the experience has been a positive one.

"It was wonderful for all my classes, and I think the whole campus, to learn about social media and viral videos and how fast something can travel," Cochran said.

He said he's now working on his wife's co-workers to change their schedules so she can be his date to the prom after all.

"She thinks it's really funny, but I think she's glad it's over now," Cochran said. "She's ready to have me talk about something other than Will Ferrell."

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Ann Lavagne
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

Funny story but the gods of Hollywood wouldn't give most of us the time of day. We've been boycotting these libtards for years.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

Cochran get a life. Why would Mr. Ferrell waste his time to satisfy your silly fantasy. I think is was a super ego stunt on your part.

But I have an idea for Mr. Obama, I am sure he or his wife would like the media time.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo.

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Posted by Margaret Purcell
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

You are correct Julia. Obama and vacationing wifey LOVE attention unless it's questions about fast and furious gun running, murders in Benghazi (was not a film protest), spying on good citizens, or hunting conservatives of the taxes enough already groups. Obame is nothing more than Prez Kartrashian--propped up by the main stream media and low info pseudo intellectuals.

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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Why yes…every story about a high school educator and a springtime Prom should, NO, must always be 'punctuated' with an characteristic underscore to Benghazi…life would just not be complete otherwise.

BTW, Ms. Purcell, every wonder what was the very first country, as the United States of America (not as a British Commonwealth), that we ever sent uniformed troops into for combat operations? Do a little research and see how it wraps into the regurgitate that you provided all of us.

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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

@Conservator small minded folks like Margaret and myself dont understand the word "research".

Thanks for listening

Julia Pardini from Alame-o

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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Dear Julia,

I have to acknowledge that you and those of your perspective have consistently proven that size of one's intellect does not matter when it comes to making bombastic statements on the internet. There is no need to point it out. I for one, if only one, applaud your 'work'.

Most sincerely, Conservator

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

It's amazing how such small minded people like Julia, Margaret, and conservator can take a fun story and bring politics into it. You people need to get a life. Get your heads out of your butts and look a little deeper into purpose of the class. Also if your so concerned about politics go back to Washington D. C. Get in the faces of our politicians and make some changes because you certainly do not know how to make a video go viral.

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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Jim, I'm glad you got that off your chest and reminded all of us to be a little kinder-hearted and anatomically astute.

Now, you do realize that when you chastise on the aspect of making something go 'viral' (infectious?) that you are preaching to many that still wonder where the 20th century went (and can't always remember when it actually left)???

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Posted by Dickita P
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Conservator, Julia and I will be drinking minorities' blood, writing checks to nuclear weapons facilities, and summoning the ghost of Former Governor Reagan out behind the Podva property this weekend if you want to come relive the 20th century!

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