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Houston Weekly – Adam Carolla Headlines At The Houston Improv

In Online on October 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm

By Brad Meyer
October 5th, 2010

Houston may have a lot of interesting things to see and do, but funnyman Adam Carolla would be satisfied bellying up to some really good barbecue when he comes to town this weekend.

Adam Carolla, the comedic tour de force behind “Loveline,” “The Man Show” and “Crank Yankers” fame, brings his irrepressible brand of opinionated humor to town Oct. 7-9 for five shows at the Houston Improv, located at 7620 Katy Freeway.

“Fred Willard and I stumbled into a really bad barbecue joint when were here for the Super Bowl,” he said. “Maybe if I stay sober we’ll find better barbecue this time.”

From humble blue-collar beginnings, Carolla has gone on to earn a legion of fans from his unique work on radio and television – starring in his own shows and appearing regularly on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and other top programs as well as “The Hammer,” a 2008 movie he wrote, produced and in which he starred.

Quick witted and occasionally manic, Carolla offers up a whirlwind of self-obsessed observational commentary on the human condition with a nasally, staccato delivery.

Carolla’s show consists of his extended rants and monologues, interaction with the audience and audio-visual support from Donny “The Weez” Misraje, his longtime friend and staffer who pulls up photos and videos from the Internet.

In addition to being a top standup comedian, Carolla developed and maintains the top-rated, most-downloaded comedy podcast in the nation. It’s here that he delivers his trademark rants against modern hypocrisies with comedic bits like “What can’t Adam complain about?” between interviews with celebrities and personalities.

Politics and religion matter little to Carolla, who prides himself on being an equal opportunity critic of popular people and causes. He doesn’t just speak his mind, he shouts it. From trial and error, the one topic he shies away from is Filipinos.

“If you have a thought about Manny Pacquiao, you should probably keep it close to the vest,” he quipped. “Filipinos are close knit group.”

While Carolla is by no means a “shock” comedian, his humor may be ill suited to children or those whose sensibilities are easily offended. The Improv lists the age requirement for Carolla’s shows at 21 – or 18 with adult companion.

Carolla has one show at 8 p.m. Thursday and shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. For tickets and information visit or call (713) 333-8800.

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