Adam Carolla calls me an a**hole and turns Paramount Theatre crowd against me

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Adam Carolla hamming it up on Jimmy Kimmel, looking as if he's been with John Boehner in the tanning salon.
Last Saturday night, tucked snugly in the middle of the Paramount Theatre for the Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Reunion Show, I found myself on the receiving end of some vitriolic crowd-work by Carolla, who called me an "asshole from some crunchy newspaper," among other things, and berated me for a good four minutes, twisting around a debate we'd had earlier in the week about McDonald's and obesity and basically calling me a lefty-lunatic with the intelligence of a bag of gravy, while 1,600 people laughed at my supposed idiocy.

Other than that, it was a great show.

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The crowd was an interesting mix of 25-to 35-year-old fans of Celebrity Rehab and Loveline's MTV era, and a slightly more ripe generation who -- assumption on my part -- looked as though they were more familiar with Adam Carolla through his appearances on The O'Reilly Factor. This was the crowd that cheered heartily whenever Carolla would argue a libertarian ideal, nodding in their seats while shouting "That's right!" like they were in a Pentecostal church service. This demographic also jeered and cursed whenever the name of a liberal was brought up, and cackled hysterically at Carolla's labeling of Gavin Newsom as a "bullshit artist" and Gwen Stefani as a "cunt-ship."

I enjoyed the electric polarization of the liberal/conservative crowd for the first hour of the show, soaking up the rare opportunity to witness so many crewcuts next to so many facial piercings. It was a similar dynamic to the Bill O'Reilly vs. Jon Stewart debates last year, with both sides forced to come to terms -- or at least sit side by side -- with the humanity and logic of those they've blindly despised for so long. During the Q&A session, one girl casually mentioned that she'd found male gay porn in her boyfriend's drawer, watched it and was aroused. This was a non-fantastic detail for anyone in the audience who has read Savage Love, and for the Fox News patrons seated beside me, finding gay porn was gasp-worthy enough -- but watching it! Enjoying it! Seasoned showman that he is, Carolla turned the laughter machine back on by making the age-old meathead comment that female-on-female is not gay porn, because it's hot -- but two dudes is officially gay porn, and the only acceptable response for any certified straight man faced with male gay porn is disgust or straight-out vomit.

Carolla is a dominating force on stage. Not just a very comfortable and quick-witted showman, he has a divisively questioning mind, sparking worthwhile debate for both his lovers and detractors. This was only complemented by the striking chemistry he has with Dr. Drew. After a decade of running Loveline together, they have a comforting dynamic of banter, finishing each other's sentences and ribbing one another in the way that only good friends can. Dr. Drew appears much less comfortable on stage than Carolla, looking like a nervous child in his slightly oversized jacket while clutching the mic with both hands. This is his charm, though: He's the cute intellectual who appeals to the kind of women who get turned on by facts. At one point Carolla ripped into his sidekick with slightly more venom than usual, asking, "Have you ever been on a stage before? Well, act like it," after Dr. Drew apologized too many times for his unfunny anecdotes.

I was almost feeling sorry for Dr. Drew until the subject of obesity came up and he said to Carolla, "This kind of reminds me of that whole McDonald's/Big Mac conversation you had." I instantly knew what he was referring to, and apparently so did some of the people in the audience who'd read my piece -- or already heard Carolla talking about it.

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36 comments
Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Most papers have an editorial section. The Westwood has a peek into their Lisa Frank diary section.

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

Seriously? Get over yourself and put out stories that actually have substance rather than writing a TL;DR essay that belongs on your personal blog and/or personal FB. We don't care.

Mike Frizzell
Mike Frizzell

Good article. I think they both came off OK here.

palmaval
palmaval

I happen to catch Corolla on O'Riley, did not hear most of what they had to say, I was laughing my ass off, once he wiped half his eyebrows off, bad wax job and he colored the rest in.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

A three page article about being butt-hurt that a comedian made fun of you?

mass303
mass303

You could have brought up the fact that the current beef used by McDonald's is not the grass fed beef sold in "nineteen-fucking-fifty-six". Corn fed beef is not the same as the grass fed beef of yesterday...

keithjam
keithjam

Josiah, so your solution is to make the Big Mac bigger?  

Kristen Kelley
Kristen Kelley

calm down a bit. Jeez. Reading your piece - you're pissed that he seems to stereotype and take things out of context or blow them out of proportion for his COMEDY routine, yet you stereotype the whole audience based on applause and haircuts. Man. Take a breather. Have a drink.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

Didn't he used to be on Cable or something like that?????? LMAO

Aaron Davidson
Aaron Davidson

The second and third pages are stronger than the first. The problem is that attacking Fox News is such a leftist thing to do that it makes Josiah sound like one before he (quite effectively) alerts us to the contrary two pages later. I think Carolla resonates with a lot of people because he's edgy in a modern way. Not only does he curse like a sailor, but he also rails against the politically correct Church of Liberalism. Sarah Silverman and company can't ever be edgy, because they're part of the Hollywood in-crowd. You can't shock the Comedy Central audience by making abortion jokes that Matt Stone and Trey Parker made a decade ago on the same damned channel. Adam Carolla unabashedly says rich people shouldn't feel bad for being rich. In the Obama era, that makes him controversial, because conservatism and libertarianism have become the counter-culture.

Ryan Terpstra
Ryan Terpstra

If anyone would know about being an asshole, it would be Adam Carolla.

Kimberly McDevitt
Kimberly McDevitt

Lol, are you mcdonalds guy? Carolla is such a blowhard, but I still listen to him all of the time.

Cecil
Cecil

Man. Who could have guessed that a bunch of Carolla fanboys would come in here, internet muscles a-flexin'.

Timmy
Timmy

Liberals are funniest when they act offended by someone stating obvious truths or simple reality.

JosiahWuss
JosiahWuss

How lucky for you, Josiah, that you were so mercilessly and unfairly scorned by Carolla TWICE so you could phone in a second whiny column to help meet your word count this week. 

JosiahWuss
JosiahWuss

How lucky for you, Josiah, that you were so mercilessly and unfairly scorned by Carolla TWICE so you could phone in a second whiny column to help meet your word count this week.  Grow some thicker skin and get off the 'labeling' crutch, assuming everyone's politics fit neatly into little boxes.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Sounds like I didn't miss a whole lot by passing on a pair of tix to the show ...

I feel to have outgrown the humor along w/ binge drinking ....

hypo
hypo

Dear Philo99,

Carolla has plenty of harsh words for "conservatives" as well.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"some asshole out here, from some crunchy newspaper"

 Sounds accurate, but he left out whiny.

Kris Anger
Kris Anger

There are way too many spelling errors in that article. Someone needs an editor...

Philo99
Philo99

Since those people won't listen to sense or logic it often takes a comedian for liberals to realize how stupid their ideas are. 


Corolla has really found a place for himself in the realm of political comedy. Picture a non-politically correct John Stewart that actually has half a brain.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Adam Carolla = Knuckle-dragging Neanderthal

A lowlife mono-brow Juggalo clown sans makeup 

Josiah.Hesse
Josiah.Hesse

@Kimberly McDevitt Yes and no. I am the McDonalds guy according to Carolla.

Josiah.Hesse
Josiah.Hesse

@Timmy Who is the liberal in this equation? I know I'm not, and that was the point of the article.

Timmy
Timmy

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay He is just a huge fan of Mickey D's, especially the 365 Black program. He considered his comment very literate, even uppity. That he can read and write is a big deal for his family and community.  

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