Adam Carolla


Adam Carolla : biography

May 27, 1964 –

In August 2011, Carolla attracted the ire of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation after a podcast in which, referring to transgender people, he asked, "When did we start giving a shit about these people?" The segment was in response to a proposed initiative to have the puppet characters Bert and Ernie, from the children’s television show Sesame Street, enter into a "gay marriage." He went on to say that the LGBT moniker ought to be replaced with "YUCK," and that LGBT activists ought to "shut up," and that they are "ruining [his] life." GLAAD also referred to previous offensive remarks by Carolla, including an assertion that, "all things being equal," heterosexual parents are better than homosexual parents. Carolla responded, "I’m sorry my comments were hurtful. I’m a comedian, not a politician."TMZ Staff (August 15, 2011)., TMZ.Rich Ferraro (August 15, 2011).. GLAAD. (press release). GLAAD called the apology "empty."On Top Magazine Staff.. On Top Magazine. August 17, 2011.Nedegog, Jethro. Hollywood Reporter. August 15, 2011.Nessif, Bruna. E! Online. August 15, 2011.

In June 2012, Carolla became the target of charges of sexism and antisemitism due to his remarks during an interview published in the New York Post:Larry Getlen.. The NY Post. June 16, 2012.

Carolla’s comments were reported as Women Aren’t Funny,Marah Eakin.. The AV Club. June 19, 2012. resulted viral criticism from a variety of individuals concerning the perceived innate sexism underlying these statements.Natalie Finn.. E! Online. June 19, 2012. Carolla himself criticized the viral reports as overly simplistic and misleading.


In 1994, Carolla volunteered his services as a boxing trainer to prepare Jimmy Kimmel for a bout being staged by KROQ-FM’s morning radio program Kevin and Bean. Kimmel was a regular on the show as "Jimmy the Sports Guy" and he was set to fight another KROQ personality in a boxing exhibition which was being billed as the "Bleeda in Reseda." Carolla parlayed this opportunity into a long-running friendship and business partnership with Kimmel as well as a recurring role on Kevin and Bean as cranky woodshop teacher, Mr. Birchum.


After being signed to the William Morris Agency by Mark Itkin,Adam Carolla at USC Marshall School of Business, April 2012 Carolla was offered the job of co-hosting the radio call-in show Loveline with physician Drew Pinsky, a.k.a. "Dr. Drew", and Riki Rachtman in October 1995 after Pinsky had heard Carolla on Kevin and Bean (Rachtman left the show the following year). Loveline is broadcast on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles and is syndicated nationwide on the Westwood One radio network.

While the format of the program was primarily a call-in show where listeners would ask questions about sex and relationships, Carolla would often spend much of the show ranting about various topics, from fart jokes to incessant radio weather and traffic reports. Carolla served as the louder, funnier side of the show in contrast to the reserved, thoughtful Pinsky. Carolla’s character was described by one reviewer as "a toned-down version of Howard Stern minus the huge ego". On September 25, 2001 Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel both had filled in for Howard Stern’s head writer Jackie Martling after Martling had left the show in March 2001. Carolla had mentioned in various interviews and on his podcast that he was offered the job to replace Jackie Martling but turned it down primarily due to Stern’s show located in New York as well as his commitment to Loveline.

The Adam Carolla Show

In October 2005 Carolla was announced as the host of a new morning radio show on the Infinity Broadcasting network. His new show would replace the popular syndicated Howard Stern Show (which was moving to satellite radio) in twelve of the 27 markets in which Stern had been broadcast including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix and Portland, Oregon. The Adam Carolla Show debuted in January 2006.