Having never really found an appreciation for The Man Show or Love Line, I really thought I wasn't going to like this show but I gave it a try as I had just finished watching the Daily Show and was curious about what CC decided to follow it with this time. I was most pleasantly surprised.
Adam Carolla's big step up from the poorly executed Man Show is satisfyingly simple. Every night Adam lets us know what's been bugging him lately, takes some calls/questions from the audience, makes fun of the audience member if needed, and interview's somebody.
I know, it sounds boring doesn't it? I really thought it would be but as it turns out Adam Carolla is a real pisser when you get him on his own. His social commentaries are relevant, intelligent, and brilliantly funny. Pretty original (comments) too: he's only the second person I've heard (on TV) make the "baby-food is a gateway to obesity as pot is a gateway to crack" analogy (although he worded it differently). "Of course it's a gateway drug, everyone's had it." Not nearly as polarizing as Colin Quinn's show (which formerly took that slot) or the Daily Show, Too Late attacks the things we all have a problem with, like the war on drugs, censorship, and gas prices. Some of the issues that Adam brings up aren't as universal and can sometimes slow the show down a bit. That's when you'll see him take a call or even just choke which he makes funny in his own way. At least it was funny the first of time.
I only caught 3 shows from the middle of the first week on air but all three shows had the exact same format. This is something that's going to have to change. Not because there aren't enough assaying things to make fun of that go on in this country, lord no there's plenty. But they're really going to have to try harder to keep people interested in the show rather than the 100s of other late night talk shows. I'd be really surprised if Adam can keep the same simple format going for very long.
So give it a look or two (as the show is hit or miss: from what I hear, the first episode was a real bomb) even if you're not a fan of Carolla's previous work. You might just end up staying awake another half hour like me.
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