When and Where Can We See the New Adam Carolla Movie, Road Hard?
When’s the new Adam Carolla movie Road Hard hitting the big screen you ask? Let’s say October 4th. Okay, that was a total guess. And I have no idea about distribution either. This one may be a direct to DVDer. Can’t say. But I figured I’d rant about it for a few paragraphs anyway, as no other podcasts have inspired me this week.
Following the critical praise/acclaim of Carolla’s debut feature, The Hammer, it was pretty obvious he’d make another movie. When this guy pulls something off, he likes to keep at it until the fans tag out. (He’s written like five books about basically the same thing.) But I don’t know anyone who would take issue with a solidly funded, well cast flick, though. Plus, he has chops. The Hammer was a solid B plus.
Following a very successful FundAnything campaign, and a video featuring Bryan Cranston, where he exceeded his $1 million goal, Carolla announced his cast: Illeana Douglas, Diane Farr, David Alan Grier, Dave Koechner, super producer Phil Rosenthal, Dana Gould, and Larry Miller are all on the call sheet. And I think Howie Mandel and Alison Rosen, Carolla’s intrepid news girl, also make an appearance.
Here’s the story:
Co-written by Carolla and Kevin Hench, Road Hard follows the misadventures of the recently divorced Carolla’s character Bruce Madsen, who still lives in ex-wife (Douglas’s) guest house. Farr plays a love interest for Carolla’s character, and Grier is a fellow comedian. Larry Miller is perfectly cast as an agent.
We shall see if this one dodges the sophomore slump. Not that that’s a thing with movies; I just like alliteration.
David Allen Greer; it’s been a few months since he graced the hallowed halls of Carolla Digital, but he more than made up for downtime with this episode. Listening to DAG on the Adam Carolla Show is an investment. You really have to commit. You can’t fade these. DAG is nothing if not demanding of your attention, and this episode specifically will burn out your pleasure sensors for a good week.
“It’s a very solemn day, we lost a sister,” DAG says at one point. He was of course referring to Maya Angelou, a person he’s done an impression of for years. You may remember his Butter Finger spot as done by the famous poet laureate years ago. He rewarded fans of this bit with a quick revisitation. Here’s a little taste of the impression, a routine he’ll probably put to bed given her death:
Alison covers Angelou’s passing in her news segment, and DAG contributes some impressive trivia to the dialogue. He was reverent and appropriate given his awkward disposition surrounding the subject matter.
Carolla, having completed filming his movie, Road Hard, briefly revisited some of DAG’s antics on set, but mostly, we got a lot of what he does best: blue asides and uproarious role playing (often done at the sponsor’s expense).
The Teddy Pendergrass routine is put on hold until the end of the episode, and that works out well. Carolla tries his hand at Teddy P. in a pretty amazing deadpan.
DAG does “put a little dookie” on Karen Capenter’s “We’ve Only Just Begun,” but I think I’m over the singing. It’s the new talking Teddy that really steals the show. So effing funny. He, by design, becomes distracted by Alison’s beauty, and where he goes, had me laughing out loud at my desk.
Podcasting needs your help. I know, I’ve talked about this before, but a re-visitation isn’t going to hurt anyone. Marc Maron and Adam Carolla were joined Thursday, March 27, by Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Summers from the Police (he was on the podcast too), Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Doug Benson for a legal fundraiser at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in California.
Carolla’s Legal Fundraiser to Fight Patent Trolls
Their goal: raising money to fight patent trolls. To date they’ve raised more than $230,000. If you missed the event because, for example, you live on the East Coast like I do, you can still help support the legal defense through Carolla’s Fund Anything Campaign. You can also email LegalDefense@AdamCarolla.com. Here’s a little video he put out.
Some background: In 2013, Carolla was sued by a Texas Federal Court–an area of the country very amenable to dubious patent lawsuits–by a company called Personal Audio LLC. They are claiming ownership of a patent for “the carriage of serialized episodic content” on the internet. This same company started sniffing around other podcasters, including Maron, earlier this year.
I’m not sure if this patent troll trend is facing extinction. Obama’s talked about it. It certainly has seen its share of media coverage. But typically these guys target big companies. And I can’t say whether their plan was to begin attacking the everyman as Carolla has indicated. But that’s neither here nor there. I just don’t want podcasting to suffer. And no one likes greedy lawyers from Texas.