LaughStub's 11 questions with Adam Carolla
1. Who or what inspired you to become a comic?
The What was doing construction in the San Fernando Valley, and the Who was my cavalcade of horrible roommates in crappy one-bedroom apartments. Basically leading a miserable life with no air conditioning is what inspired me to do comedy.
2. When did you first know you were funny?
I knew it when I was probably 11, and it took twenty years to convince everyone else.
3. What was the very first joke you told and how did it go over?
My Hungarian grandfather said that Goulash meant Cowboy, and Cowboy Stew in Hungarian. I asked him when he was a young boy, did he play Goulash and Indians. I remember thinking that was funny when I was seven. My parents are still buzzing about it today.
4. Moment you knew you “made it.” If you haven’t felt that yet, what would you say is your biggest achievement?
This interview. I’ve been waiting my entire life to talk to the… who are you again?
5. They say comics are really just sad clowns inside. Is this true and
It is true, but the sad clown inside of me is a rodeo clown.
6. Best and worst part of your gig?
I do my podcast out of my own warehouse, hire people I like, and I wear whatever I want. I’d have to say the worst part is all the travel for my live shows. I like seeing the country, but the airports are a colossal pain in the ass.
7. Any pre-stage or pre-gig rituals?
Showing up, evacuation of bladder, and then slowly replenishing the bladder with Miller Lite.
8. Advice for new comics coming up in the game?
Treat your stage time like pilots treat seat time in the cockpit. Get as many minutes as you can under your belt.
9. New projects coming up for you that you’d like to share?
I have a delicious new product called “Mangria.” It’s Sangria with a kick. I’m excited. The only problem is I can’t stop drinking it myself.
10. What advice would you give your teenage self?
Don’t get into carpet cleaning.
11. Any pressure to always be “on”?
No, as evidence by my short, curt, unfunny answer to you.