Speaking With ... Adam Carolla as he comes to Rialto Theatre
By MIRIAM DI NUNZIO firstname.lastname@example.org October 10, 2012 6:02PM
Adam Carolla | GETTY IMAGES
♦ 8 p.m. Oct. 12
♦ Rialto Square Theatre,
102 N. Chicago, Joliet
♦ Tickets, $38
Updated: October 11, 2012 11:21AM
Adam Carolla is in fine form. The target of his disdain is the hired help.
“Why is it that people who clean your house are perfectly capable of undoing something, like unlocking the French doors or undoing the catches of deadbolts to then go out and sweep the balcony, but have no ability to [expletive] put anything back?,” Carolla asks rhetorically while chuckling. A bit. “Like, I don’t know, maybe, close and lock the [expletive] doors to my studio when you’re done? Why do they come through here, clean, and then just leave the whole [expletive] place unlocked and all the doors and cabinets open? I don’t understand.”
But I digress.
The 48-year-old Carolla, one of the most direct, if not painfully so, comedians working these days, is also the host of one of the most popular podcasts. “The Adam Carolla Show,” webcasted from the aforementioned cleaned (and unlocked) studio, is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded podcast (boasting nearly 400,000 daily listeners). If that’s not enough, Carolla recently published his latest book, Not Taco Bell Material, and earned his reality show stripes with stints on both “Dancing With the Stars” (2008) and “Celebrity Apprentice” (earlier this year).
Question: How did “Dancing With the Stars” change your life?
Adam Carolla: It didn’t, but I was confronting a fear. There are things that might be scary to other people, but to me, dancing, jeez Louise, that was the scariest ever. I thought, “This seems scary, but I’ll be a better person for it.” But here’s the thing, when you change, you don’t even know you’ve changed. In real life you never really know for sure. When was the last time you were aware of changing, unless you were fat and lost a lot of weight?
Q. What was scarier, dancing on live television or Donald Trump’s hair?
AC: You have to see [the hair] in person. It’s a little like Yosemite. Number one: You can’t just describe it. You have to see that valley personally to feel the grandeur of it. And number two: It’s alive. It moves, it undulates. Ever see underwater footage of a kelp bed? It’s kinda like that. That slow, tidal movement. That’s what his hair is like in real life.
Q. You lived in 16 different homes throughout your life, each discussed as a chapter in your new book. What defines “home” for you today?
AC: Home is where my TiVo is, not where the heart is.
Q. What do you TiVo?
AC: Usually [Jimmy] Kimmel’s shows, SportsCenter, anything that has World War II and/or Hitler on. And any of the homebuilding stuff. We should do a TiVo game show called “Straight, Chick or Gay?” Just see what’s on a person’s TiVo queue and the contestant has to guess if the person is straight, gay or a chick.
Q. Is any topic off limits to you?
AC: Nothing is off limits. My feeling is, first of all I’m a comedian. I think I’m allowed to say things and make jokes, or at least you used to be allowed to make jokes and have thoughts. And Number two, I don’t have any ill will toward anybody. I’m free to say what I want.
Q. Does “politically correct” mean anything to you?
AC: Nope. Half the reason people know me is cuz I’m politically incorrect. But I don’t do that on purpose. I just express my opinions.
Q. Does freedom of speech exist?
AC: Freedom of speech is there. Freedom of being fairly scrutinized for your freedom of speech does not exist. On the other hand, if you’re like me you just don’t [care], so it doesn’t matter. I pilot my own ship. I have a podcast and sell tons of books and have tons of sponsors and make tons of money and everything is in good standing. I’m in a studio now in my warehouse and it’s not underwritten by [anybody]. It’s the “Adam Carolla Show.”
As long as my fan base supports me, then I’m done. I don’t have to worry about a thing. I can say whatever I like. As long as I’m making the group that supports me happy, then there’s nothing for me to worry about. They’re my audience. And everyone else can get their pants in a bunch; I don’t give a [expletive].
Q. What’s your take on the political climate given our presidential election is weeks away?
AC: When they’re talking to the Tea Party they talk “Let’s beef up the borders.” When they talk to Hispanics they talk immigration reform. It’s whoever they happen to be in front of at the time. It’s like when a guy has a couple of mistresses and a wife. It’s all about who he’s currently [expletive]. That sums up politics.