Boasting a 1.75 GPA from North Hollywood High, Adam Carolla would freely admit academics were not his strong suit. Despite the promise of a football scholarship to play at U.C. Davis, Adam decided to take a path of a wanderer – and one that would eventually lead him to the heights of the current American comic scene.
Adam spent the 1980s working various odd jobs such as carpet cleaning and construction labor before finding some occasional work as a boxing instructor at an L.A. gym. It was this gym where an L.A. radio station decided that one of their personalities – Jimmy the Sports Guy – would train in preparation for a charity boxing match. It was Adam who was pegged to train Jimmy the Sports Guy, whose real name was Jimmy Kimmel. Despite a pummeling at the hands of his opponent in the match, Jimmy made fast friends with Adam. It was Kimmel who finally opened the door for Adam as a radio personality, and finally gave Adam a large enough canvas to exercise his lifelong comedic skills.
Within a year, he had his own show (“Loveline”), which provided Adam an opportunity to offer his take on whatever topic suited him. Thus began Adam’s reputation as a humorist with a dark, cynical slant. After ten years, Adam formed “The Adam Carolla Show,” which echoed Howard Stern’s show, including playing on airwaves in Stern’s West Coast markets. By now, Adam was well versed in both radio and television. “Loveline” spun off into an MTV show, but most successful was Carolla and Kimmel’s “The Man Show,” a wildly politically incorrect sketch comedy show that ran on Comedy Central from 1999 – 2003. Both would eventually form their own talk shows, and in 2005 Adam launched “Too Late with Adam Carolla” on Comedy Central.
On the big screen, Adam co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in “The Hammer,” a low-budget comedy that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. He participated in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008 and continues to exercise his strong voice skills for numerous productions. Adam married his longtime girlfriend in 2002 and has two children.
Adam on the Web
Adam’s ultimate web resource.
Lengthy bio, links to her new films, and more photos.
Very detailed bio spanning Adam’s career, with bits of trivia included.
Too Late with Adam Carolla Official Site
Comedy Central’s “Too Late” page features plenty of video clips.
Adam’s official MySpace page.
Adam’s Free FM Homepage
Adam’s official site with available downloads to his show.
The Official Adam Carolla Show Blog
A daily recap of Adam’s radio show on Free FM.
AOL Television Interview
Interview with Adam on his elimination from “Dancing with the Stars.”
Adam on Video
Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Adam and Jimmy visit Jon in 2000.
Adam on the Henry Rollins Show
Short clip with Adam chatting with Henry.
Behind the Scenes of “The Hammer”
Round One of a behind the scenes featurette.
“Dancing with the Stars” Clip
Adam’s unicycle number.
Adam on the Screen
Among his work on TV and radio as a comic personality, Adam has appeared in numerous narrative works. He’s Commander Nebula for nine episodes of “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command,” Death in six episodes of “Family Guy,” Spanky Ham for 36 episodes on “Drawn Together,” and Jerry Fero in “The Hammer,” which he also co-wrote and co-produced.
“The Hammer” premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and has been expanding into theatres. Adam appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” in spring 2008 sporting a Zorro outfit and riding a unicycle, but was eliminated.
On having a plan:
“Figure out what to do, then take a nap.”
On idiots and geniuses:
“Without idiots, there would be no geniuses.”