BH Interview: Adam Carolla Says Patriotism 'Corny' in Hollywood
Adam Carolla says living in Hollywood means displaying the American flag leaves one open to ridicule.
The California resident recently moved out of Hollywood and near the home of actor Vince Vaughn. The Wedding Crashers star proudly flies an American flag on his property, something that would cause him grief had he called Hollywood home.
“I just moved from a place where if you hung an American flag in front of your house they’d make fun of you for being corny," Carolla tells Breitbart News. “I hate that it’s come to that.”
Carolla supports both the flag and the troops who defend it, and this weekend he’ll emcee a show to thank the men and women of the U.S. Military for all they do on the country‘s behalf.
One Night for the Love of Our Country, an event to benefit the SEAL - Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, will be held at 5 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Sunday Dec. 15 in Simi Valley, CA.
Carolla will crack wise while Kevin Costner’s Modern West band provides the music to both a seven-course meal and silent auction.
The SEAL - NSW Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale.
The podcast king says supporting members of the military is something stars on both sides of the ideological aisle--for the most part--can embrace.
“I do like the idea that most people gather around the troops and put their political leanings aside," he says. “These guys are heroes."
Of course, not every star is willing to salute the troops. Carolla name checks both Ed Asner and Oliver Stone as celebrities who say they love their country but can’t stop cooking up “wacko" conspiracy theories to slam it.
“There’s a definite distinction between the people who are left-leaning and right-leaning, and then there’s the people who don’t like this country and use all these excuses like, ‘I just want people to know the truth,’” he says. “It’s like the people who say to your wife, 'I thought you should know Adam was at a strip club last night.’”
Carolla is one of the few comics who held President Barack Obama to the same comedy standard as his predecessors. He’s not surprised that some of his peers, like Will Ferrell, refuse to mock Obama for his various, sizable missteps like Benghazi or the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. Carolla says stars have become like attorneys for the current administration, willing to argue on behalf of their “client" rather than address the facts.
“A lot of people in the Hollywood community, because they fought so hard for Obama [to get elected], feel they’re assigned to defend him,” he says. “It’s a form of narcissism.”
The coming year could be dubbed the Year of Carolla given the crush of projects coming from Carolla Digital's CEO. The comedian’s second major film, Road Hard, will hit theaters in 2014. Other 2014 projects include a documentary detailing Paul Newman’s racing career and a book dubbed President Me.
“It’s just a 'making hay while the sun shines' mentality,” he says, an aggressive approach he takes, in part, because he still doesn’t have a boss now that he runs his own podcast empire.
Carolla is as cavalier about his charitable efforts as he is concerning his career arc. He simply checks his calendar when a nonprofit reaches out to him for a hand. If he’s free that day he’ll share his time and sharp comic mind as needed.
“I never looked at it as work,” he says of his good deeds.
For more information about the fundraiser and to buy tickets for Sunday's event visit the official web site.