Twitter-besieged comedian Adam Carolla just 'doesn't give a shit'
Published: July 11, 2012
“Let’s be clear in this article,” comedian Adam Carolla, 48, says. “I don’t give a shit. I sell out theaters. I have a business. I don’t need anybody. Twitter away all you want. I’ll be at the racetrack.” A few days prior to our interview, the host of the web’s most downloaded podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, was lambasted online for telling the New York Post that when it comes to comedy writers “dudes are funnier than chicks.” He spoke to the Current late last month for the release of his new book Not Taco Bell Material and his upcoming stand-up tour stop in San Antonio.
Are you getting any kickbacks from Taco Bell for using their name in the title of your new book?
You think I would, but I’m not. The good news about Taco Bell is that their food is essentially free anyway. If you go there and get a burrito and a taco, you’re not spending more than 85 cents. You want a steakhouse to give you free stuff, not Taco Bell.
Stephen Colbert the other day said the global economy could be fixed if more companies did what Taco Bell did and started adding Doritos to their products. Do you have a better plan?
I actually like that Dorito plan. I think it’s a marvelous idea. I’m definitely one of those people who want to see lower taxes and make it easier for businesses to operate. Businesses don’t want to do business on foreign soil, but if it’s cheaper they will. That’s how it works. That’s who we are by nature. You raise the taxes, people flee. You lower the taxes, people stay.
With the success of your podcast and the work you do in the TV and radio industries and as a bestselling writer, you really don’t have to ever do stand-up shows again if you don’t want to. What brings you back to the stage?
I like to go out and do it on my own terms. I don’t want to spend Thursday through Sunday in Poughkeepsie doing wine shows and sleeping in a Red Roof Inn. That’s miserable. But I have no problem coming into a town and doing one show at a big theater. That always feels good. Honestly, it’s like anything. It becomes work at a certain point. Going in and doing nine 90-minute shows over a weekend is taxing. Instead of doing seven shows with 300 people at a time, I’d rather do one show with 2,000 people. That’s a hell of a lot more fun and a lot easier. You don’t get burnt out by it.
Is it still as satisfying to make someone laugh as it was when you first started?
It should be more satisfying, but it’s not. But I don’t break it down that way. People pay money. They want to hear what I have to say. I want to make them laugh and if I don’t I’m disappointed. And if I do make them laugh, I’m supposed to. It’s like being a bus driver. If you do a great job, nobody says anything. If you screw up and take too many pain pills, then we have a problem.
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