Adam Carolla Talks About Talking And Pie

Adam Carolla Talks About Talking And Pie by Caleb Bacon
Photo Courtesy Adam Carolla / used with permission

Adam Carolla's like a Blues Brother because he's getting the band back together.

While The Adam Carolla Podcast has been the most downloaded podcast out there, he's moving on from the one host-one guest for an hour-format and resurrecting his old morning radio show with The Adam Carolla Show (still available by podcast, via his website and iTunes.)

Instead of four commercial-loaded hours, the new format is 90 continuous minutes featuring Carolla's former KLSX colleagues/co-hosts Teresa Strasser (LAist Interview) and "Bald" Bryan Bishop.

Progressing backwards to a canceled show never sounded so good.

Both Strasser and Bishop host their own popular shows on Carolla's podcast network, ACE Broadcasting: The Parent Experiment and The Film Vault, respectively.

This weekend Carolla will be doing two live stand-up/improv comedy shows. Tonight, he's at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Tomorrow, Saturday, Carolla returns to the El Portal Theater in his home-neighborhood of North Hollywood.

LAist had a chance to talk to the Aceman about all of this and desert.

LAist: What’s going on with the new old show?

Adam Carolla: It was always the plan to take it from a podcast and transform it into a show. I always knew the podcast, while enjoyable, was a little bit of a placeholder until we could do the show. I mean, I liked doing the long-form interviews and having the guests and freedom and all that kind of stuff, but ultimately, I wanted to compete with other radio shows and morning shows. That just meant getting the band back together.

In terms of just the format, I think it’s awesome. You get a couple of live-reads, but you don’t have a shit load of commercials. You don’t hear six songs an hour. You get unfiltered opinions with any language the host or guest desire to use and you get good provocative commentary and talk. I don’t feel like you’re going to find that anywhere, especially stuff like the news.

I don’t see why, if you had the technology, and you’re capable of it, why you wouldn’t listen to that over your local morning show filled with songs and commercials and weather and traffic? Do you need to hear “Under the Bridge” once more time by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to know you’re alive?

Who is The Band?

Teresa Strasser, [Bald] Bryan Bishop, Producer Angie [Fitzsimmons], voice-over guy Mike Dawson, and the writer is Mike Lynch.

Your live comedy show continues to change. Now it's essentially a one-man stand-up act accompanied by a slide show. What can people expect?

It’s evolving. We’ve refined it and worked it out. There’ll always be “What Can’t Adam Complain About” at the top, tell some different stories, and use the visual as an aid, an instrument to help me make my point when I’m complaining about LA or about whatever else I’m complaining about.

Have you ever messed up a What Can’t Adam Complain About?

I’ve only really fucked up one of those and it wasn’t at one of my shows. I was doing someone else’s charity, it was late night and the crowd had clearly checked out. I just kind of stumbled and bumbled through it and kind of sucked. It was really the only one I can remember just flubbing wholesale. I’ve had some 5s in there, don’t get me wrong, but that was the only 2 I remember doing.

Do you plan on doing a live Adam Carolla Show with Teresa and Bald Bryan?

We’re going to do that. There’ll be a live show, which’ll be me doing stand-up essentially, and there’ll be another live show, which’ll be the podcast. I don’t think we’ll be going to a theater or a comedy club, but I think it’ll be more of like, back in the day -- “hey, Tom Leykis is live at the Playboy Mansion and it’s brought to you by so-and-so tequila” -- do one of those. Or: “we’re down at Carlos and Pepe’s in Whitter. Come on down and see the show live.” I think it’ll be something like that.

What’s the status of the NBC single-camera sitcom pilot you shot this Spring?

Official status: dead, which is why I got the band back together. That’s when I knew. I can’t take this corporate stuff anymore -- committees, too many chefs screwing with my broth. I decided: "fuck it, let’s get back to the podcast and really make a run at it,” and we have, and it’s good. I’m really just starting to focus on this podcast, the friends, the core-group, the autonomy, the whole thing -- the way we want to do it without the committee of unfunny people.

You’ve mentioned many times that you prefer pie over cake. Where do you get your favorite pie in town?

I just keep it simple and say Four ‘N 20 over on Laurel Canyon in North Hollywood.

What is your favorite restaurant if your agent is paying?

Nobu or Cut.

What’s your favorite restaurant if you’re paying?

Henry’s Tacos.

Have a final thought?

I just want to basically tell people that if they listen to morning radio, they can get a better version of it over here.


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