Tampa bound comedian Adam Carolla says 'rich people are smarter and harder workers'

Tampa bound comedian continues to court controversy

wtatangelo@bradenton.comAugust 19, 2012 

Adam Carolla, the former star of "The Man Show," "Loveline" and "Crank Yankers," has the most downloaded podcast on the Internet.

He credits the success of "The Adam Carolla Show" to hard work.

"I've done the show not once a week, or twice a week or when I have a good guest on the show, but every (week) day for over 3 and a half years," Carolla said. "I've never stopped doing it."

On Saturday, the man who recently caused a stir for telling a reporter "that dudes are funnier than chicks," will be at the Straz Center in Tampa.

Carolla will be joined on stage by Dennis Prager for an evening of debate and discussion plus a Q&A session with the audience.

Prager is a conservative radio talk show host and columnist famous for championing Judeo-Christian values.

Carolla is an atheist.

"I love that guy," Carolla said of Prager. "I think he has something called wisdom, which is in short supply. We have nothing in common but I'm a fan of his wisdom and he's a fan of my comedy and common sense."

After coauthoring a self-help book with Dr. Drew more than a decade ago, Carolla published the rants collection "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy" in 2010.

His latest book, "Not Taco Bell Material," details what he describes as a hardscrab

ble childhood growing up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The title comes from Carolla being denied employment by the fast-food chain in 10th grade. The teenager did manage to find employment, though, at the Golden Arches.

"I moved on to McDonald's," Carolla said. "It was not fantastic. Working there during the summer, and my friends, who didn't have to work, would go to beach and would back come to McDonald's in shorts and tans.

"And there's me in my brown hat and leather-soled shoes I had grown out of, sweeping and mopping the dining area while they're saying, 'Missed a spot.' "

When asked about his favorite feedback from "Not Taco Bell Material," the 48-year-old singled out another ranting comedian, one who's perhaps best known these days for his contributions to Fox News.

"I was very flattered that Dennis Miller, a guy I have lot of respect for, said it was one of the best reads. He's given me lots of high praise and it's really flattering."

When asked about performing for Republicans in town for the party's upcoming national convention, Carolla launched into a rant ridiculing President Barack Obama's "hope and change" rhetoric and praising Arizona's immigration laws.

He concluded his tirade with a message for proponents of the Occupy movement.

"I got news for the 99 percent. Rich people are smarter and harder workers, sorry," Carolla said. "If you don't want to give them credit, that's insane."

Wade Tatangelo, features writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057.

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IF YOU GO

What: An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 25

Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa

Tickets: $26.50 (starting price)

Information: 800-955-1045 or www.strazcenter.org

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