Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking
Confession: I am a comedy nerd. I’ve been watching Saturday Night Live faithfully for decades, along with many other comedies, from stand-up to movies to sketch comedy to sitcoms. I’m also obviously a woodworking nerd. So when I learned that one of my favorite angry comedians, Adam Carolla, had a podcast about home-improvement, called Ace on the House, I started listening right away. Turns out Carolla was a carpenter and contractor for 12 years before meeting Jimmy Kimmel at an LA radio station and breaking into show biz.
I’ve been a fan of Adam since his days on Loveline, a TV and radio call-in show on relationships, where he was brilliantly paired with the now-ubiquitous Dr. Drew. I even stuck with him through The Man Show, a slightly sophomoric but usually funny sketch show with a red-meat sensibility.
So when FWW’s new celebrity friend, Nick Offerman, was going to be a guest on Ace on the House, I asked him to pitch me for a future guest shot. I didn’t have high hopes, since Carolla’s podcasts give their guest spots almost invariably to people in show biz. Little do they know, I’m not that big a deal, and they invited me on.
It was really surreal. I feel like I know Adam really well, after listening to hundreds of episodes of his daily podcast in my ear buds over the past couple of years (love podcasts during my commute, mowing the lawn, and in the shop, too.), so it was weird to meet him in person. But I managed to get over that enough to settle down and have some real fun with him and his co-host, Ray Oldhafer, Adam’s childhood friend and old contractor buddy. Check it out.
They were great to me, letting me get lots of plugs in for Fine Woodworking, StartWoodworking.com, and woodworking in general. He toned down his act for my benefit, I think, but there is still lots of colorful langauge and a few naughty references, so steer clear if that’s not your cup of tea!
Had a great time talking shop with one of my favorite comedians, Adam Carolla. At left, looking momentarily serious, is his co-host, Ray Oldhafer.
Carolla's weekly home-improvement podcast is the highest rated in its category. And his daily podcast, the Adam Carolla Show, is number one in the world! Both are on iTunes, and at AdamCarolla.com.
I met Carolla's producer, Matt Fondiler, outside their podcast headquarters in Glendale, CA.
Didn't take long before we were on the air. The key was forgetting I was talking to a celebrity, and staying present. Only went out-of-body a few times, and had to reel myself back in...