For years, radio listeners have relied on "Loveline" as a prescription for laughs when the old mojo is in need of a comedy tune-up.
Broadcast live weeknights from Los Angeles, the call-in radio show has become a mainstay of late-night radio since its debut in 1984 with the mild-mannered Dr. Drew Pinsky. Following the introduction of comedic sidekick Adam Carolla in 1995, the show got a little spicier and a lot funnier as the two began offering medical and relationship advice to listeners, crossing demographics from teens to adults with a revolving door of surprise celebrity guests. Though Carolla left to build his own comedy empire in 2005, Pinsky still does the show with guest co-hosts, and the show can be heard Sunday through Thursday evenings locally on 106.1-FM, KRAB Radio.
The current tour, which kicks off at the Fox Theater on Friday, will be a reunion of sorts for Carolla and Pinsky, who is gearing up for the sixth installment of the series "Rehab with Dr. Drew" on VH-1.
Speaking from his home, Carolla, 48, took a few minutes to recall his years on radio and his decision to reteam for the tour, which will feature stories and live audience interaction. This also marks Carolla's second visit to Bakersfield this year after appearing at the Fox in March.
What's bringing you back together for this tour, rather than another solo trek?
I've had Drew on to do radio shows and podcasts together, and at different points go out and tour around a show here and there. Someone suggested we go out and do more. Drew was just kind of up for it. It was easy as that and made perfect sense.
Was the on-air chemistry between you and Dr. Drew instant when you began on "Loveline"?
I'd been a fan of the show and listened to the show for a long time. I knew about him before he knew about me. I was a fan of his, too, so I got an idea how to go about this before he did. Basically, I had been studying his game film for years, and to him I was a new expansion team. Drew is really easy and we're able to hit a rhythm pretty easy.
Is there any symbolism behind your choice to kick off a tour like this in Bakersfield?
You gotta start a tour somewhere, and it's within striking distance. Drew and I can jump in a car and be there in 90 minutes from our homes. There's no symbolism behind playing Bakersfield first. I've played the Fox there and I like it.
What kind of "Loveline" calls were your favorite?
In all those years, I liked the guys with the smoke detector going on in the background of the call. It always cracked me up. I'd ask them, 'You got a smoke detector going off there?' You know, the low battery beep would go off every 30 seconds. They'd go, 'No.' I'd have them hold on, we'd all be quiet and with my digital clock in the front of me in the studio I'd count the seconds. I knew from doing the show and from dealing with a lot of stupid people that there's an OSHA safety mandate that says the low battery chirp on smoke detectors has to go off between 20 and 30 seconds. I know that because I've timed hundreds of them over the years.
They'd deny it the first time I asked, then admit it was in the bedroom and has been doing that since they moved into the apartment seven months or longer. They've been sleeping in a bedroom with a smoke detector chirping for months. How far out of it can a person be? The answer is pretty damn far.
Our local boys, Korn, used to be guests on "Loveline" fairly often. Did rock stars give good relationship advice?
Korn, good guys, but almost no good relationship advice comes from rock stars. Every once in awhile you'd get Dicky (Barrett) from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Art (Alexakis) from Everclear, or the Bad Religion guys, but for the most part the rock stars were stoned out of their gourds and couldn't string together a sentence.
What do you think of "Loveline" today?
I like everyone who's involved with the show now, but I'm not in my car at 10 p.m. anymore. If I am, I'd definitely be listening. If I'm at home, I'm in my bathrobe watching TV probably. I travel so much that all I do is try to get caught up with my TiVo'd shows. I've done the new "Loveline" show a lot times, and it's good. It's not as good as when I was hosting, but it's still good.
How will you be re-creating the "Loveline" show live at the Fox?
Drew and I are gonna have to get together and figure that one out. Before, we used to do Q&A, in between good "Loveline" stories, but we'll split it up between walking down memory lane then talk with the audience, which is what people usually want. A fair bit of Q&A for sure to keep the audience engaged. They're gonna love it.