After years in the business, comedian Adam Carolla has no complaints.
Life is about experiences, not fun for Adam Carolla. That’s the reason the comic/actor/radio host agreed to perform on Dancing With The Stars in 2008. That’s why he appeared on the last edition of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, which aired last winter.
“The reason you do these shows is not because it’ll be a good time, but because it’ll be an interesting experience,” Carolla tells Atlantic City Weekly while calling from his Los Angeles home.
“When I did Dancing With The Stars and shot The Apprentice, it was anything but fun. However when you look back on your life, you appreciate the experiences you had. Going to Disneyland is fun. Getting high is fun. Doing Celebrity Apprentice is the most work you’ll do in Hollywood without getting paid since the money you earn goes to your favorite charity. I worked hard, but I didn’t get paid for The Apprentice.”
Carolla, who will perform Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, works hard when he delivers stand-up and he does get paid for it. But it’s another experience for him.
“That’s especially so when I start the show with ‘What can Adam complain about?’” Carolla says.
Carolla often asks the audience to shout out topics and he will react to them.
“That’s not an easy thing to do,” Carolla adds. “It’s not like hanging on the beach, but it’s my job and I somehow come through.”
You never know what the co-creator of the cult hits, The Man Show and Crank Yankers and the star of the underheralded film The Hammer, will do when he hits the stage.
“It’s fun to be unpredictable,” Carolla says. “I might start off by telling a story about doing The Tonight Show with Queen Latifah or talking about how pathetic my social security payout will be. I’ve brought my social security statement out onstage and it’s pretty pathetic. There are a lot of zeros in some of those early years.”
During his 20s, Carolla worked a lot of odd jobs before catching a break in 1995 by scoring the co-hosting gig on the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline, with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
“I worked a lot of under-the-table construction jobs trying to survive when I was young,” Carolla says. “I had some lean times.”
But Carolla can laugh about it now and so can his fan base since he is adept at delivering self-deprecating material.
“It’s about getting laughs,” Carolla says. “The only rule I have for myself is not to repeat myself when I come back to a city. All that matters is that I get laughs and we all have an experience.”
Carolla looks back with pride when talking about The Man Show, which featured he and his pal Jimmy Kimmel, who has become a popular late-night talk show host.
The Man Show was about as much fun as you can have,” Carolla says. “What I loved about that show was what I love about stand-up. We had so much autonomy. We sometimes argued about content, but it was nothing that was too big a deal. For the most part we could just go out there and be as funny as we could be. Overall, that was a great experience.”
It certainly beat Carolla’s early pre-show biz experience.
“It was a huge step up from construction,” Carolla says. “I was miserable doing construction. I wanted something that paid good money because I liked nice things, but that takes a lot out of you and I wanted to do stand-up. Fortunately, it all worked out for me, but I put in a lot of hard work.”
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