Checking in with Adam Carolla: The comedian and radio personality talks about the ups and downs of replacing Howard Stern on the West Coast

By Michael Endelman
Updated April 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Adam Corolla: Jesse Grant/WireImage.com

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What did you think when Infinity Broadcasting first approached you about taking over Howard’s morning slot?
ADAM CAROLLA I can’t say that I always wanted to do morning radio. But if you like radio, the top of the mountain is mornings. I wish the biggest audience was found from 10 p.m. to midnight, or midnight to 3 a.m. — I would gladly do my show then. But the biggest audience is evidently from 6 to 10 a.m., so if you like radio…it’s just one of those things.

So this morning stuff is new for you. What’s it been like?
It’s definitely an adjustment. It’s weird to have been doing radio for 11 years, essentially, and then start a radio job where you’re learning something new every week. All of a sudden, I’m a babe in the woods again. I’m enjoying it, but it’s been learning experience.

What’s the hardest thing about it?
The hardest thing for me to realize is that morning radio has a different cadence than nighttime radio. Even though I can come up with stuff that’s funny or interesting, I can’t just show up and muse about stuff that happened to me. That is not gonna cut it in the fast pace of morning radio.

What’s it like being in charge of the show — the main host and personality?
I’ve always been able to get by on just being funny — I didn’t have to interview, watch the clock, give out the station’s phone number. There’s a lot of other traffic cop-type stuff. Sometimes you feel like you’re on a deck of an aircraft carrier with a couple flashlights. To creative people, that’s bulls— work; there’s nothing fun or funny about it. I guess the lesson that has to be learned, even within so-called creative jobs, is there’s a fair amount of daily bulls—. If you’re gonna do four hours of radio every day, it’s not gonna be all jokes and comedy and creativity.

There’s been a fair amount of bad press about you and Howard Stern’s East Coast replacement, David Lee Roth. Does it bother you?
I haven’t been following it. I know everyone has to say that, but I really haven’t! I just read some nice articles about me; maybe those are the only ones people show me. Everyone at the company expected this bad press. Everybody that I’ve spoken to in the radio division basically told me before we started, ”Don’t expect anything nice to be said, and don’t expect any good ratings — in a year from now, we’ll see.” I’ve taken that to heart.

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