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How Adam Carolla Achieved a Net Worth of $20 Million

Adam Carolla

Actor, comedian, writer, radio personality and podcaster Adam Carolla has earned a net worth of $20 million over the course of his three decade career. Carolla rose to fame co-hosting Comedy Central's "The Man Show" with his friend Jimmy Kimmel and co-hosting radio show "Loveline" with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Carolla went on to achieve further success through his radio show "The Adam Carolla Show" which became a very successful pioneer of a popularly downloaded podcast. This comedian has made several documentaries, worked on animated voice overs and written several books resulting in his wealth. He also co owns a Los Angeles gym and restaurant. In his spare time, Carolla enjoys his family, his vintage car collection, car racing and renovating and reselling homes. Here's how Adam Carolla achieved a net worth of $20 million.


Adam Carolla was born on May 27, 1964 and grew up in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin before his family settled in North Hollywood, California. He graduated from North Hollywood High School where he played football. Carolla took classes at Los Angeles Valley Community College but quit school and worked as a carpenter, carpet cleaner, traffic instructor and boxing instructor to support himself while also studying with The Groudlings, the elite Los Angeles improvisational group.

In 1994 Adam Carolla met Jimmy Kimmel when he trained the radio personality for a boxing match. Kimmel was called "Jimmy the Sports Guy" on KROQ's morning radio show "Kevin & Bean". Through his connection with Kimmel, Carolla landed a spot on the morning radio show playing the character Mr. Birchem, a cranky wood shop teacher. The following year, Carolla signed with the William Morris Agency and became the co-host of KROQ's syndicated program "Loveline" which he co-hosted with Dr. Drew Pinsky. The call in radio show featured advice on sex and relationships with Dr. Drew providing sound medical and psychological advice and Carolla offering humor. "Loveline" became a television show on MTV from 1999 through 2004. Carolla was honored in 2000 with The Media Project's SHINE Award, Sexual Health in Entertainment, for his work on "Loveline".

While co-hosting "Loveline" with Dr. Drew, Adam worked regularly with Jimmy Kimmel. The pair hosted "The Man Show" on Comedy Central and also wrote for Howard Stern's successful syndicated radio show. In 2006, when Howard Stern moved his radio show to satellite radio, Carolla started "The Adam Carolla Show" which replaced Stern's radio show from 2006 through 2009 airing in 27 markets.


After "Loveline" and "The Man Show", Carolla co-founded Jackhole Productions with Daniel Kellison. They produced Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers". Along with writing for Jimmy Kimmel's late night show, Carolla hosted his own late night show for Comedy Central "Too Late with Adam Carolla". Carolla worked on other projects including The Learning Channel's 13 episode show "The Adam Carolla Project". The show documented Carolla and childhood friends renovating his childhood home which sold for $1.2 million and renovating other homes in the Los Angeles area. Carolla also appeared as a celebrity panelist on a remake of the "Match Game" and appeared as a celebrity contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" where he was partnered with Julianna Hough. Carolla also was the celebrity spokesperson for the restaurant T.G.I. Fridays.


In 2009 Adam Carolla transitioned his popular syndicated radio show "The Adam Carolla Show" into "The Adam Carolla Podcast" through ABC's broadcasting network and was a pioneer in the popular downloaded content. The daily podcast features a wide range of topics including current events and relationships as well as celebrity interviews all with Carolla's laid back and honest humor and commentary as well as expressing his political beliefs. He identifies with Republicans but considers himself more of a Libertarian. The podcast was downloaded 60 million times between 2009 and 2011 and was named "2009 Best Audio Podcast" by iTunes during its inaugural year. The podcast remains popular today and is much of Adam Carolla's source of income.


In addition to his continuous work in broadcasting, Adam Carolla has contributed to film since 2007. That year, he documented his and Oswald Costillo's founding of a boxing gym. "The Hammer" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Carolla directed other documenteries including 2015's "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman". Carolla, an avid car collector, followed the 35 year racing career of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Carolla followed that documentary with last year's "No Safe Spaces". This is a documentary following political life on university campuses. Carolla's next project is "Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story". Ribbs is a pioneering black race car driver. Adam Carolla has also worked as a voice actor for animated films including "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" and "Wreck It Ralph".


Over the past 10 years, Adam Carolla has authored several books. "The Dr. Drew & Adam book: A Guide to Life and Love" coincided with "Loveline" and was a New York Times Best Seller. "Rich Man, Poor Man" was a short illustrated e-book. "Not Taco Bell Material" offered Carolla's trademark satirical humor. Carolla also published "President Me: The America That's In My Head" and "Daddy, Stop Talking! And Other Things My Kids Say". Adam Carolla's most recent book is "I'm Your Emotional Support Animal: Navigating Our All Woke, No Joke Culture".

Personal Life

When he's not working on his podcast, directing films or writing books, Adam Carolla enjoys his car collection which includes vintage Ferraris, Lamborghinis and an Aston Martin. He races and won the Pro/Celeb Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2012 and 2013. He buys and renovates homes in the northern suburb of Los Angeles La Cañnada Flintridge. Carolla is a part owner of Los Angeles' Amalfi restaurant. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years Lynette and their twins Natalia and Santino.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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