Acerbic Broadcaster and Stand-Up Comedian Stirs Things Up with “Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays”

"Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays" will play The Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19th
"Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays" will play The Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19th

"Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays" will play The Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19th
"Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays" will play The Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19th

Acerbic 46-year-old broadcaster, stand-up comedian, and self-described angry middle-aged white guy will stir things up with Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays, presented by Live Nation and The Carolina Theatre, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19th, in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC.

Shooting from the lip, Adam Carolla has insulted various groups and individuals, including Hawaiians, the boxer Manny Pacquiao and his fellow Filipinos, transgendered people, and gay activists. He once summarized his religious beliefs thusly: “I am not agnostic. I am atheist. I don’t think there is no God; I know there’s no God. I know there’s no God the same way I know many other laws in our universe. I know there’s no God and I know most of the world knows that as well. They just won’t admit it because there’s another thing they know: they know they’re going to die, and it freaks them out. So most people don’t have the courage to admit there’s no God and they know it. They feel it. They try to suppress it. And if you bring it up they get angry because it freaks them out.”

According to All American Speakers LLC:

“Adam Carolla is one of the most versatile men in Hollywood. He recently hosted Comedy Central’s ‘Too Late with Adam Carolla’ and starred in TLC’s ‘The Adam Carolla Project,’ which chronicled the renovation and subsequent sale of his boyhood home.

“Following brief stints as a skilled carpenter and boxing trainer, he began his career in radio after answering an ad seeking a boxing instructor to train then radio personality Jimmy Kimmel of KROQ’s ‘Kevin and Bean Show’ in Los Angeles. He eventually joined the show’s repertoire as Mr. Birchum, a woodshop teacher.

“Carolla’s success on KROQ led to a hosting job on the nationally syndicated radio program ‘Loveline,’ with Dr. Drew Pinsky. MTV developed a television version of the show, which was co-hosted by Carolla and Pinsky for five seasons (1996-2000). The duo also authored The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide to Life and Love [1998].

“With their partner Daniel Kellison, Carolla and Kimmel are the heads of Jackhole Industries and have created and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, ‘The Man Show’ (1999-2003) and ‘Crank Yankers’ (2002-present).

“Jackhole Industries also executive produced ‘Gerhard Reinke’s Wanderlust,’ a comedy travel show which aired on Comedy Central, and a reality-based feature film, Windy City Heat [2003], which won the Comedia Award for Best Film at the 2004 Montréal Just for Laughs comedy festival.”

SECOND OPINION: Jan. 13th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Ed Condran:

Live Nation and The Carolina Theatre present ADAM CAROLLA HATES THE HOLIDAYS at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $35.50-$58.60 (including fees).


Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888/241-8162, 919/560-3030, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or




Live Nation:

The Carolina Theatre:




Adam Carolla: (official website) and (Wikipedia).


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).