Timing is everything when it comes to comedy . . . And sadly, when CultureMap had the chance to interview comedian Adam Carolla, his now-infamous "dudes are funnier than chicks" comment in the New York Post had yet to blow up.
Nevertheless, there were plenty of topics to cover in light of his new book Not Taco Bell Material and current tour with Jewish conservative pundit Dennis Prager — which makes a stop at the House of Blues on Thursday night. And, no worries, the libertarian-leaning radio host lived up to his loud-mouthed reputation with candid opinions on everything from Donald Trump to the Guinness Book of World Records.
CultureMap: How did you end up performing with Dennis Prager?
Adam Carolla: I used to listen to him on the radio when I lived in the San Fernando Valley and always thought he had a lot of wisdom. We'd been on each other's shows recently and thought we'd try to do some sort of speaking thing together. Our first few nights were great and the audiences seemed to dig the whole comedian and straight-man routine.
Dennis has a great sense of humor and will always laugh at my sexual innuendo and fart jokes.
CM: Do you guys prepare material in advance?
AC: With us both having done work on radio, there's no need for a lot of prep. We can both talk for hours without so much as a Post-it. The second half of the show is a Q&A session so the audience feeds us topics, really. It's a format I've done my entire career starting with Loveline. Dr. Drew [Pinsky] and I did something similar on some of our college tours back in the day.
In the Q&A, it's always about the A people — the "A-holes" as I like to call them.
"Donald Trump is exactly like you'd think he'd be, just a totally caricature of himself. His hair's huge and he talks like he's saying the last words y ou'll ever hear."
CM: So, how was it earning a Guinness Record for having the world's most downloaded podcast?
AC: I honestly thought it'd feel a little better than it did. They basically just give you a plaque, whether you have a popular podcast or you're a guy with tons of facial hair. I really keep meaning to buy the book . . . Actually, you'd think they'd send it to you.
They even make you pay for the guy to fly from London to verify it. I guess they have to, though. Otherwise, every asswipe in the world would be inviting Guinness to their mom's basement to watch them do a podcast. In the end it's a couple grand to get that British tabulator guy out to watch you pogo-stick or whatever.
CM: Got a plug for your new book?
AC: Everyone who writes a book is always like "buy my book, buy my book." People can go to Amazon or iTunes and read the reviews for themselves. It's really just an autobiography, starting at the beginning and going until now — not much more to it than that. I think people will like it.
CM: As a former contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice . . . What's The Donald like?
AC: Donald Trump is exactly like you'd think he'd be, just a totally caricature of himself. His hair's huge and he talks like he's saying the last words you'll ever hear. I don't have anything against him, but I do understand why some people hate him. He kind of makes it work, though. The Trumps are like the white Kardashians, really.
Everyone hates them and nobody knows what they do. They just make a ton of money. He makes a ton and his kids make a ton and we all talk about them. What can I say, they have a solid brand.
Carolla and Prager shows are available on iTunes starting at $4.99. Thus far topics have ranged from Little League and pets to Judaism and parenting. Tickets for his Thursday show at the House of Blues are available here.