Adam Carolla Says Life is Hard as a Comedian Because of Gays, Wishes They Would ‘Shut the F–k Up’

Comedian Adam Carolla complains to Salon that he can't tell jokes about gays anymore without being put on a list of bullies and that comedians should be held to a different standard than statesmen.

CarollaCarolla says there really is a gay mafia:

My feeling about the gay community — first off, you can’t live in Hollywood and get along in this business and be in theater companies and improv companies and have issues with gay people… If you can’t work with gay people, you’re gonna have a difficult time in Hollywood. There’s plenty of gay people and they’re in positions above you. You’re not going to get your movie directed. I don’t have a problem with it — they’ve just turned into a mafia and demanding everyone apologize for every joke and retract every statement.

He also says that gays can hide (like pedophiles) so it's not easy for people to discriminate against them and that we should be given marriage rights so we'll shut the hell up:

It’s turned into something that’s bigger than it is. I’ve lived in this town my whole life and never seen it like this. There’s been comedians telling jokes but no overt gay-bashing crimes. I don’t even know who’s gay and who’s not gay nine times out of 10 — why do you even need to know? Your skin color and gender one can see, if one wanted to discriminate. In terms of sexual proclivities, I don’t know what someone’s into! You could work with someone who’s into kids — how would you know? I don’t know and I don’t care. In the book, what I say about the gay community is that someone sent me “the top 10 reasons gays should marry.” One: They’re American. Two: They pay taxes. Three through five: So they can shut the f–k up.

The full interview at Salon


  1. Hmm says

    You’re really stretching by trying to imply that he’s directly comparing gays to pedophiles. Also, frankly, there ARE plenty of gay people who don’t cry about gay jokes, so they don’t need other people to police comedians about content.

  2. David From Canada says

    This guy, Adam what’s his name, has all sorts of issues; for one thing, a lack of common sense.
    I’ve never heard of him before – and I hope not to again.

  3. G says

    Not surprising considering the company he used to keep in Dr. Drew whose every response to an ailment was “You were molested by a same-sex person or relative when you were young.”

    Guy says, “I have intimacy issues”. Dr. Drew says, “You were molested by your uncle.”

    Girl says, “I have an unusual period.” Dr. Drew says, “You were raped by your female babysitter.”

    Caller says, “I have eczema.” Dr. Drew says, “You were molested by your priest.”

  4. Nino says

    Hey, Adam. Substitute “Jews” for “gays” in order to see how stupid and purely bigoted you sound. And, oh yeah, you are not now nor have you ever been funny. Deal with it.

  5. Bill says

    This ongoing rant by comedians that anything they say is protected because it’s “a joke” is tiresome. Any insinuation that an oppressed community (and no matter how many Hollywood gay bigwigs there are, that is still the case for gays)should not challenge derogatory comments is ridiculous. Hey Adam, try this. Get funnier and smarter.

  6. HadenoughBS says

    I’m sick and tired of Carolla’s harping against the GLBT community. He has never been funny and never will be And, as far as being concerned about the gay mafia, I’ve yet to hear him complain about the African-American or Jewish mafia. I’m sure he makes fun of those groups ALL THE TIME!

  7. mike/ says

    what if he were to replace ‘gay’ with the word women? Blacks? Latinos? Native Americans? Italians? would those be okay?

    Jewish??? we hear there are a lot of people in Hollywood and the business who are Jewish. you can’t tell that by just looking at them.

  8. Lymis says

    Gay jokes (or jokes about the gay community) fall firmly under the same rules for any other ethnic joke.

    * Any joke has to actually be funny. If it isn’t, nothing excuses it.

    * Almost anyone can tell a joke about themselves, even if they are a nonstandard member of the group.

    * An actual member of the group in question can usually get away with telling just about any “we” joke, especially if the audience is primarily made up of members of the group and recognize what’s being joked about. If the audience is largely NOT members of the group, a person can tell a “we” joke if it’s about a generally positive or generally recognized quirk about their own group, and they include themselves in it.

    * Someone can tell a group “you” jokes if they have sufficient ally credibility and it’s recognized as an outsider’s view told more or less lovingly, even if it’s dishy. Think Bette Midler telling gay jokes. But it has to be done carefully. Men can tell jokes about women or women can tell jokes about men, but it’s easy to cross the line.

    * Almost nobody can pull off a “they” joke, especially if they are seen as being a member of the audience’s ethnicity and “we’re all laughing at THOSE people.” Unless it’s a funny sideways compliment, it’s either a slam, an insult, or a stereotype, and usually gets taken that way.

    I have no sympathy for a straight comedian who complains he doesn’t get to make fun of the queers any more. Cry my a river.

  9. andrew says

    I dont think anyone actually cares about gay jokes as long as they are delivered correctly. Same with any other kind of joke- he just sucks as a comedian and needs a scape goat.

  10. Chris Vogel says

    This “gay mafia” is as nonsensical as all of the other ridiculous fabrications that religious conservatives live by. Not to forget the real Mafia, though (you remember them: gambling, prostitution, racketeering, drugs, murder and general mayhem), who are (devout) Christians.

  11. Ted says

    LOL. He is right though. Why is everyone wearing their emotions on their shirt sleeve? He isn’t standing on a street corner with a megaphone saying stupid things. He is making JOKES. Jokes are suppose to offend.

  12. TheSeer says

    Time for Gay Mafia to take another scalp…

    It’s not funny to make jokes about people who are victims of horrible crimes all around the world & time. Maybe he should try making jokes about Jews and the holocaust to see how that one will go.

  13. Mags says

    Poor Adam can’t tell a joke anymore. There are so many comedians out there who tell jokes about being gay, straight, black, white, short, tall, educated, uneducated, poor, rich… And not only do they get away with it, we actually laugh at their jokes: BECAUSE THEY’RE FUNNY.

    The business of being funny is an art form, try and learn it Adam. It is not always the message that makes the joke: It’s the delivery. Either you’re funny, or you’re not (side-eye to Adam).

  14. Gary says

    This is like that Grace Jones song, where the “hunter gets captured by the game.” I used to care so much about this, today not so much. Many gays today have become the new a-holes, like Carolla was.

  15. Christophe says

    It’s precisely attitudes like this that betray a willful ignorance of the centuries it has taken for innocent LGBT men, women and children to achieve emancipation, reparation and redress of our valid grievances. We’re witness to history in the making and if people like this fellow can’t appreciate that, they only have themselves to blame. The lives of LGBT people are not fodder for dehumanizing slander thinly disguised as “humor” at our expense, and other minorities will say likewise: knock off the bashing and calumny.

  16. Rick says

    @LYMIS Good analysis. I think most discerning people can tell whether a joke about a certain group of people involves malice or is just good-natured ribbing.

    And I have to say here–in a slight segue–that many of the jokes I have heard lesbian comedians (Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho) make about gay men really seem to involve more malice than good-natured ribbing, but they get away with it because they are “gay” and therefore supposedly part of the group they are ridiculing, even though they are not gay men….and even though straight comedians of either gender would be skewered by the “gay mafia” if they did the same….and even though a gay male comedian (if there was such a thing) would be skewered by lesbians if he ridiculed them in any way….

  17. BobN says

    I actually think the world would be a better place — at least funnier — if comedy did have a get-out-of-jail-free card regarding all sorts of things. Transgression can be hilarious and thought provoking. The only problem would be if a comedian focused on one group all the time.

    As for this guy, here’s a joke: What’s the difference between Adam Corolla and Andrew Dice Clay? ADC is funny…

  18. walter says

    adam carolla is actually a no talent individual who only gets by on his chutzpah. big balls don’t make a good comedian talent and jokes do

  19. Troy says

    I wonder if he ever stopped to think that it could be some of those high-powered Hollywood WOMEN he pissed off on The Man Show that could be blocking his movie from being made. I honestly can’t remember one gay joke he’s ever told, but PLENTY of misogynistic ones.

  20. says

    It’s not hard to make jokes about a marginalized community since society already treats them as a joke. If your inability to make jokes about those already made into jokes makes it hard for you to do stand-up then maybe, just maybe you aren’t that funny to begin with.

  21. Hey Darlin' says

    The thing people like Adam Carolla most likely don’t realize, is that as a group we aren’t just looking to improve our own lives, as hard as that alone is. We are looking to make the world better for the next generation and end the bullying and suicides and sense of loss we suffered through as a gay community.

    It seems the real question he would like asked is, should we turn our backs on the next generation of LGBT individuals to make Adam Carolla’s stand up routine easier? Seems silly in that light doesn’t it?

  22. Steve says

    And of course it’s only about sex with him. And of course he doesn’t realize that straight people talk about their sexuality all the time.

  23. NE1 says

    really dissapointing. he’s been going down this road for a while now, I would not have expected him to, but whatevs. he can say what he wants, but we don’t have to be fans anymore.

  24. bobbyjoe says

    The one funny thing about Adam Carolla is that Jimmy Kimmel has a huge career and you know that secretly drives Carolla (who has, what, a podcast?) crazy with bitterness.

  25. tyto says

    Carolla’s hawking of a book is prime evidence of how low the barriers to publishing have fallen. Tiresome, past its sell by date and just flat out fugly.

  26. DC Insider says

    You can tell gay jokes all you want, you just have to tell funny ones, and that where this idiot fails. gay people have terrific senses of humor. No one laughs harder at gay jokes(remember Kids in the Hall) than gay people.

  27. reality says

    What a pathetic wash up. His career is fried and dried, yet he thinks he needs to blame his failures on an entire community of people. Never liked this dud.

  28. Island Planet says

    I don’t care how ‘offensive’ a joke is to a group – gays or otherwise – if it’s funny and comes from a place of good natured love it’s OK. This guys problem is that he has never said anything funny. Or interesting. LOSER.

  29. Jamie says

    I think Adam Carolla is the male version of Ann Coulter, just not as funny. He has really no clue what he is talking about, but he knows enough to say some offensive crap to keep his name in the headlines. And it worked! We’re talking about him and that is exactly what he wants.

    Believe me, if he had Jimmy Kimmel’s career, he would be totally liberal. He’s just a phony.

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