Adam Carolla has made a career of riffing on everything from pressing social issues to campus blow job etiquette with just the right mix of street smarts, snark and locker room charm. A generation of young men (and probably even some women) learned about sex, partying and having a blast pissing people off from Loveline (Carolla co-hosted) the Man Show (Carolla co-hosted/created) and Crank Yankers (co-produced/voiced). For the past year, he has hosted the Adam Carolla Podcast, which will be recorded live tonight at Improv Comedy Club in Irvine. He performs at 8 and 10 p.m. This evening's featured guests are Aisha Tyler, Rep. Richard Martin, Whitney Cummings, Mark McGrath and Doug Benson. Click for ticket info.
When the 45-year-old funny man called at 8 a.m. from his LA home Tuesday he displayed the same every man appeal and wit that has made him a true American hero–at least among those of us who love nothing more than to spend Sunday afternoons with our pals watching football, drinking beer and discussing everything from politics to the difficult, often dangerous removal of taint hair.
OC Weekly (Wade Tatangelo): You have been doing the podcast now for nearly a year. Were you nervous about making the leap into new media?
Adam Carolla: I didn't really know what podcasts were and wasn't sure how people access them–or why. But when they presented me with all the criteria, and I realized I could do it in my sweatpants whenever I wanted to do it, without anyone governing it or bosses, and it was just this way to continue communicating with people, I said “OK.” You don't know this about me, Wade, but I've done so much manual labor I've never gotten over the part where I get paid to talk. I went from school where it was “be quiet and focus” to construction jobs where it was “be quiet and get back to work” to “talk, you're working.” It's weird. The first 30 years of my life I was told to get quiet and now someone's going to pay me to talk? I still can't get over it.