Adam Carolla on success -- and Mangria

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Adam Carolla is kind of a modern Renaissance man.

Comedian, podcast host, writer, pundit and radio and television personality. That's not to mention his former career in construction, and his new venture making his own take on sangria, a concoction he calls Mangria.

"I'm in the business of trying to make people laugh or satisfy their palate or taste buds or what makes them think or whatever it is, whether they're reading the book or tasting the Mangria or they're listening to the podcast," said Carolla, 48. "There is no trick to it other than write a good book, make a good Mangria and do a good podcast."

Carolla performs Thursday at the Warner Theatre.

Onstage
Adam Carolla
Where: Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Info: $34.50 to $49.50; warnertheatredc.com

Behind the popularity of his self-titled podcast, Carolla is carving out a multifaceted empire. His ACE Broadcasting Network features shows by Larry Miller and Alison Rosen and his own automobile-centric Carcast. Carolla has a small part voicing a donut in the hit film "Wreck-It Ralph," and in June he released his humorous memoir "Not Taco Bell Material." The title is derived from when he was younger and unable to land a job at Taco Bell. He's since run into people with similar stories.

"That's kind of nice," Carolla said. "I like the fact that I'm seeing all of these people who were turned away from fast-food jobs or crappy jobs at the airport, whatever it was, and now they're attorneys and doctors and stuff. I found this to be very inspirational. It basically just goes to show no matter where a guy is, or where a gal is, that they've traveled some paths. You have no idea how they got there. I can guarantee there were a lot of speed bumps along the way."

The opinionated Carolla now does a regular contribution on Fox New Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," giving his take on the topics of the day.

But to his Mangria. As Carolla tells it, one evening he wanted a glass of red wine, but only had half a glass's worth. So he added some vodka, orange juice and ice, experimented, and birthed Mangria. Fast-forward a few years, and a California company is selling official Mangria, made with red wine, grape-flavored vodka, OJ and other ingredients.

With so many irons in the fire, Carolla likens his success to that of a sandwich shop owner. Sell good sandwiches and keep regular hours, and customers will return. If you don't, you go out of business.

"It has to be good," Carolla said. "Keep those doors open, keep that sandwich fresh and people tell their friends about what a cool sandwich you make. It's the same with the podcast, that's it with the books, that's it with the live show."

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Robert Fulton

Examiner Correspondent
The Washington Examiner