Comedian Adam Carolla is no fan of Cancel Culture, but the “Truth Yeller” host does see an upside to its censorious streak.
“When the Nazis invade France, there’s going to be a French Underground. It wasn’t created pre-World War II. It was something that was necessary,” said Carolla, host of several popular podcasts including “The Adam Carolla Show.”
Cancel Culture is similarly spawning rebellious content, from Andrew Schulz’s successful stand-up special “Infamous” to fellow comics using podcasts and Patreon accounts to stave off what Elon Musk famously dubbed the “woke mind virus.”
In Schulz’s case, an unnamed platform tried to censor “Infamous,” but he bought the special back at considerable cost. In just days he had tripled his investment.
“[Andrew Schulz] was created by oppression, and so is The Daily Wire,” said Carolla, who built his own Cancel Culture-proof company letting him create content on his own terms.
The woke mindset behind Cancel Culture still leaves its mark on the western world, something Carolla touches on in his latest book. The best-selling author translates his knack for side-splitting improv into “Everything Reminds Me of Something: Advice, Answers … but No Apologies.”
His sixth tome reads like his stand-up brand, “Adam Carolla is Unprepared,” in printed form. The book captures his ability to crack wise on the fly, cleverly categorized in chapters like “Don’t Be a Tool” (construction tips), “Auto Correct” (car talk) and “Pop Goes the Culture.”
Society takes comedians like Carolla seriously these days, often putting their careers in peril. Comics must think twice before tackling difficult subjects or groups considered off-limits by cultural scolds.
He said a subtle change in how we process humor made that possible, and it’s not a helpful evolution. Not long ago an “off-color” joke might offend someone. Now? Carolla said the same jokes are considered “impactful and dangerous.”
“We swapped out the word ‘offended’ for ‘affected,’” he said. “If your jokes offended somebody they needed to lighten up or not listen. If they’re ‘affected’ you need to change or be deplatformed.”
It’s about control, he said, and that’s a problem both for comedy and the culture at large.
“I don’t think we should ever, as a society, try to stifle or reign in the comedians. It’s like trying to tell an inventor what to think about,” he said. “You want them free to comment on things in our society.”
“Traditionally you don’t wanna tell the artist what to paint. Then they become a graphic designer doing logos rather than creating works,” he added.
“Everything Reminds Me of Something” finds Carolla lamenting what’s not being shared in the culture today, from sharp-elbow jokes to societal solutions that could “trigger” the easily offended.
It reads like he’s riffing on stage, signalizing his new book as a departure from past efforts.
Improv comedy comes naturally to Carolla, no matter the media. He credited a knack for thinking on his feet, along with studying his craft and getting enough “reps” under his belt on stages across the country.
Old-fashioned pressure helps, too.
“When you’re on stage you don’t get that luxury of saying, ‘eh, I got nothing,’” he cracked.
Carolla, along with his former “Loveline” radio co-host Dr. Drew Pinsky, have been pummeling mainstream media bias in recent weeks. Carolla suggested the legal system can help bring some accountability to the Fourth Estate. Consider how former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann took major news outlets like CNN to court after they defamed him over a January 2019 confrontation on the National Mall.
Carolla added the public should resist Fake News accounts whenever possible. Or, to use the Left’s parlance, it’s time for some resistance.
It’s a policy he used regarding what he saw as unnecessary mask mandates in the age of COVID. He said he constantly defied mask restrictions on flights, forcing airline personnel to insist he mask up over and again.
“I was told an average of 37 times on a two-hour flight [to put my mask back on], 18 times before we left,” he said. “That’s what everyone needs to do. It’s a metaphor for where we are right now…release your own stuff, push back. It’ll go away.”
Carolla’s new book reminds audiences of his strict policy when it comes to comedy. No apologies…ever.
That isn’t the case with his Hollywood peers, even the uber-rich and famous like Stephen King and Scarlett Johansson. Both A-listers got thwacked by the Cancel Culture mob and quickly apologized.
King backpedaled after saying artistic quality should trump diversity. Johansson quit a movie about a trans man when far-Left voices insisted only a trans performer take the part.
Carolla doesn’t mince words about those types of high-profile cases.
“They’re cowards. They don’t have the faith of their convictions,” he said, adding as rich and famous as they may be they’re still beholden to others. “They have parent companies, like Disney or Marvel, Pixar or publishing houses. There are so many examples of [people] being dropped or