Adam Carolla on How to Change Your Life

I count the addition of Adam Carolla to the faculty at Prager University as one of the great recent cultural triumphs of the right. Like our friend Greg Gutfeld, Carolla is the type of voice that we need to feature more prominently on the right: smart, irreverent, and taking himself none too seriously. Here he is in his newest course, on the power of personal responsibility:

  1. Severely Ltd.

    This sort of thing is easier to take coming from Carolla than most people. You’re right, we need more of this, not polite devotional messages from Ned Flanders (yeah, that has its place).

  2. CoolHand

    You know, forget about the Fro Yo shop.

    I’d settle for people just taking on board the fault for the things they’re actually at fault for.

    No other single change in personal behavior would have a larger impact in our current society.

    Can’t get a job after you’ve spent ten years in college getting a degree in underwater basket weaving?  Whose fault is that again?  Gov’t tricked you into borrowing that money, you say?  Really?

    Get shot and horribly wounded at a drug deal gone bad?  Whose fault is that again?  Society made you eschew education and glorify the thug culture, you say?  Really?

    If people would just own their crappy decisions and the resulting repercussions, our society and govt would not be as entirely screwed up as it is these days.

  3. Franco

    Big Adam Carolla fan here. I listen to every podcast and have both of his books. He is single-handedly taking on some of the worst people in Hollywood and he’s destroying political correctness whenever he opens his mouth. I have great admiration for him. He is his own man, a champion for individualism , a truly nice guy who has a sophisticated ethical model and funny as hell. He is very, very smart and he’s the guy I’d want next to me in the trenches. Thanks, Troy, and thanks Adam! 

  4. Vectorman

    It’s nice to listen to Adam without all the swear words he uses in his podcast.

  5. Sunbelt red

    First post on here, but glad to do it for my favorite comedian. It’s been interesting listening to Carolla for the last 4-5 years and to see him embrace a more vocal role in calling out the political craziness (and glad it’s directed more toward the left, though he’s pretty equal opportunity). One of the highlights for me last year was  Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager getting together for an evening of comedy and philosophizing (You can purchase on Itunes).  Of course the message of the video is common sense, but then again we see common sense rejected all to often by those who espouse the culture of victimization.

    Hopefully Adam’s wit and political incorrectness can help get the message across. 

  6. take_the_cannoli
    Franco: Big Adam Carolla fan here. I listen to every podcast and have both of his books. He is single-handedly taking on some of the worst people in Hollywood and he’s destroying political correctness whenever he opens his mouth. I have great admiration for him. He is his own man, a champion for individualism , a truly nice guy who has a sophisticated ethical model and funny as hell. He is very, very smart and he’s the guy I’d want next to me in the trenches. Thanks, Troy, and thanks Adam!  · 4 hours ago

    Franco. I’m also a huge fan. It would be nice if more conservatives were like Prager, who sees the potential in enlisting someone like AC into the culture war, going on tour together etc, despite disagreeing on a lot of stuff like religion and some social issues. AC has the #1 podcast in the world and he’s turned many of his fans to Prager, who in turn might lead them to other conservative forums. AC isn’t a card carrying Republican. So what? he’s fearless and enthusiastically takes on leftist pieties. Not many, if any, others in Hollywood like that

  7. Franco
    Vectorman: It’s nice to listen to Adam without all the swear words he uses in his podcast. 

    Vectorman,

    Do you listen to his podcast, or do you avoid it because of the language he uses? 

  8. Johnny Dubya
    Franco: Big Adam Carolla fan here. I listen to every podcast and have both of his books. He is single-handedly taking on some of the worst people in Hollywood and he’s destroying political correctness whenever he opens his mouth. I have great admiration for him. He is his own man, a champion for individualism , a truly nice guy who has a sophisticated ethical model and funny as hell. He is very, very smart and he’s the guy I’d want next to me in the trenches. Thanks, Troy, and thanks Adam!  · 17 hours ago

    I, too, am a big fan–I enjoy his podcasts and I bought his latest book.  But after meeting him, I cannot say that he is a “truly nice guy”.  Actually, he seems to me to be a miserable, damaged soul who doesn’t respect his own fans.  On the evening I met him, he could not manage even fake courtesy to those for whom he was “signing” his book–with an unpersonalized, illegible scrawl.  It was not a long line, so I cannot ascribe his behavior to weariness.  That said, his jests contain many universal truths, which is valuable.

  9. Franco

    Kevin,

    I remember your having told that story, and I am sympathetic. However it isn’t quite fair to judge a celebrity and how he/she really is based on one encounter. If this had happened to me personally, I might feel the same way, but being objective here, I have to say that had he treated all his fans like he did you – he would have no fans. On his podcasts he has talked about what it is like sign thousands of books – that it can get tedious.

    As I recall, you asked him to sign to three people and he wasn’t happy about that.  

    I would be surprised that some small percentage of people encountering him, or any celebrity, didn’t have a negative experience. If he was a nice guy to everyone, he’d be a saint. 

    Also there is the question, what does a celebrity “owe” his fans? People can have some pretty strange and outlandish expectations. Certainly graciousness is easy to give wholesale, sometimes difficult retail. 

    Your experience is your experience, and I, as a fan of Carolla apologize on his behalf. It is sad you didn’t catch him in a better mood.

  10. Sister

    Thanks, Troy. That was delightful. Now, I’ll go clean my mirrors.

  11. Paul J. Croeber

    This is perfect as a micro attack on leftism.   Dennis and Adam are co-opting the “change starts with me” theme and narrowing it’s application to make honest those who proclaim it.  That said, I am skeptical on how  an appeal to shame and imperfection could possibly trump an appeal to ego and unfairness.  But hey, I could change.

  12. Vectorman

    I’ve tried three times to get through a podcast.  A swear word when someone hits their thumb with a hammer is understandable, but not as an adjective every couple of minutes.   Adam’s podcasts should be FCC acceptable, like our Ricochet CoC.

    Franco

    Vectorman: It’s nice to listen to Adam without all the swear words he uses in his podcast. 

    Vectorman,

    Do you listen to his podcast, or do you avoid it because of the language he uses?  · 19 hours ago

  13. Franco
    Vectorman: I’ve tried three times to get through a podcast.  A swear word when someone hits their thumb with a hammer is understandable, but not as an adjective every couple of minutes.   Adam’s podcasts should be FCC acceptable, like our Ricochet CoC.

    Franco

    Vectorman: It’s nice to listen to Adam without all the swear words he uses in his podcast. 

    Vectorman,

    Do you listen to his podcast, or do you avoid it because of the language he uses?  · 19 hours ago

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    Thanks Vectorman,

    I guess I have become callous to those words. I understand that for someone not used to hearing them (him) a lot it could be pretty distracting and off-putting. 

  14. CoolHand
    Vectorman: I’ve tried three times to get through a podcast.  A swear word when someone hits their thumb with a hammer is understandable, but not as an adjective every couple of minutes.   Adam’s podcasts should be FCC acceptable, like our Ricochet CoC.

    Why?

    He’s not distributing his program via FCC regulated means, why should he bow to their regulatory preferences?

    You don’t like swear words, fine.

    But dislike on your part does not create regulatory discretion on FCC’s part.

  15. Vectorman

    I’m not asking for “FCC regulation” of any podcasts, only that they should be ”FCC acceptable, like our CoC.”  My point seems obvious – if he would act like Dennis Prager, I would definitely listen.   I’m surprised that a gentleman like Dennis had him at Prager University.

    CoolHand

    Vectorman: I’ve tried three times to get through a podcast.  A swear word when someone hits their thumb with a hammer is understandable, but not as an adjective every couple of minutes.   Adam’s podcasts should be FCC acceptable, like our Ricochet CoC.

    Why?

    He’s not distributing his program via FCC regulated means, why should he bow to their regulatory preferences?

    You don’t like swear words, fine.

    But dislike on your part does not create regulatory discretion on FCC’s part. · 0 minutes ago