It's tough to figure out how exactly to label Adam Carolla. The California native was a carpenter and not-too-successful improv comic when he talked his way into a temporary gig as a boxing trainer for then-fledgling radio personality Jimmy Kimmel. The association netted him a recurring spot on the Kevin and Bean show with Kimmel, and eventually to co-hosting the wry sex-advice radio program Loveline, which also ran for several seasons on MTV. Since then Carolla has helmed a radio show that replaced a departing Howard Stern, co-created and featured in the Comedy Central shows Crank Yankers and The Man Show, written the bestselling book In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks, co-written and -produced and starred in the underrated indie comedy The Hammer, anchored sitcom pilots, hosted the most popular podcast on iTunes, and hoofed it on Dancing with the Stars. "I wouldn't know what exactly to call me either," Carolla quips. For now call him a standup; for the past year and a half, Carolla has channeled his formidable comedic riffing skills and quick wit into a series of live shows. His style is cranky but easygoing, that of an eminently perturbed pragmatist who's never caught without a strong opinion and a perfectly timed, acerbic jibe. 18+.
Thu., April 28, 7 & 10 p.m., 2011