With what little pull I had at the time with Dennis and his radio producer Allen Estrin, I decided this was the chance to make a play. Audio clips were spliced and sent, direct appeals to Dennis (who had no idea yet who Carolla even was) were made, calls were placed — and a few weeks later I was listening to my two favorite talk show hosts on the air together.
It was Platonic love at first “hard break.” Anyone listening to Adam and Dennis on the air that first day could hear the chemistry and mutual affinity. Everyone involved was ecstatic with how things worked out and we learned that Adam had, for the first and only time in his career, been trying unsuccessfully for months to get himself booked on a show. The Dennis Prager Show, to be precise.
Carolla eventually discovered that some kid in Chicago – moi – had been responsible for the introduction and for convincing Dennis to have him on. As a “thank you kindly, stranger,” he graciously granted me a phone interview for a segment on the weekly podcast I host for the American Enterprise Institute’s “Values & Capitalism” project. In the course of that interview, I learned just how much Adam respected and admired Prager. Here was a famous dude known for being the co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show telling me how influential a Jewish conservative talk show host had been in his life and how sick he was of the liberal Democrats in his home Golden State running the economy into the ground.
It became abundantly clear that there were plays left for me to make here. My passion for the advancement of free market conservatism, my desire to be a catalyst in a movement to bring these ideas and values back into the culture at large in new and creative ways, my respect for the intellect of Dennis Prager, and my years of enjoying Adam Carolla’s sense of humor all collided.
Right time + Right place + Right tastes = Opportunity of a lifetime for R.J. Moeller.
I booked a flight out to Los Angeles early last fall under the auspice of coming to interview Adam, Dennis, and the late Andrew Breitbart for my AEI podcast. In actual fact, I simply wanted to pick Breitbart’s brain about a career in the media that I had begun pursuing. Oh, and I also threw together a little something I’d like to call an official proposal for a Prager-Carolla nationwide tour that both parties involved loved and said yes to and which inspired one to even offer me a job.
Less than six months later I was living in Los Angeles and Adam and Dennis were co-headlining two preliminary sold-out shows on a Saturday night in Redondo Beach, CA. They have since done about ten more shows, and have venues lined up a few times a month through the end of this year. It has been, and continues to be, a crowd-pleasing, thought-provoking, unmitigated success.