Adam Carolla: Small-Government Culture Warrior

Podcast king Adam Carolla is the GOP’s best celebrity friend.

No, Carolla won’t be campaigning on behalf of Sens. Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio any time soon. And he doesn’t proudly beat his chest and say he’s a hardcore conservative. That isn’t his style.


Instead, he uses his powerful podcasting platform to extol the virtues of hard work and, more importantly, smaller government. His latest course at Prager University fires back at those craving politicians offering to solve their problems.

In “Who NOT to Vote For,” Carolla blasts those who want politicians to make their lives better via a campaign promise.

“We live in the United States. You can do something for you … get a job and fight to keep it,” Carolla says.

“Fixing your screwed-up life is not the government’s job,” he adds. “And when does the government do a good job of fixing anything?”

While every other star lately is feeling the Bern, Carolla knows smaller government means more freedom. And freedom is his motivating force.

He discovered that the hard way.

He got fired from his radio gig in 2009, and suddenly found himself without a perch to prattle on about “Click It or Ticket” laws and other micro-aggressions. He started his own podcast as a way to keep the conversation going between himself and his fans.

Flash forward seven years, and his “pirate ship” is a self-made business extending to books, movies and live performances.

He made that. And, he tells listeners, you can, too. Just don’t wait for any government handout. Get to work.


Carolla may be a comedian, but his inner Tony Robbins routinely influences his material. He tells listeners about his own grueling schedule. He recalls the lousy apartments and clunker cars he once drove. It’s funny stuff, but it arrives with a message. Upward mobility is possible. You just have to hustle, ignore distractions and don’t take the liberal message that it can’t be done without the government.

He used to end his live act by reciting his measly yearly income stats as a younger man. He wasn’t fresh out of college, mind you. He was in his late 20s and early 30s. He could have been embarrassed by that. Instead, he wore it like a badge of honor.

He built his career. You can, too, and the government will only get in your way.

“This is a great country. The harder you work, the more you score, and eventually your team goes to the Super Bowl,” he says in the video.

Christian Toto is a freelance writer and editor of


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