Nate Adams, producer of Road Hard and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, joins Adam for this episode of Take a Knee. Adam starts the show talking about Nate growing up in Montana and being on the wrestling team. Nate talks about the tragedy of losing two of his brothers at a young age, and how the fallout from those events led him into becoming a troubled youth. Then he gets into his college days, and how afraid people were of him in theater class, which eventually led him to take a more inward look at himself and turn his life around. After that, Nate found out he was much better at writing than he was at acting, which eventually led to his decision to move out to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment business. After explaining some of his initial jobs and projects, Nate gets into what it takes to build a project from scratch. Before they wrap, Nate and Adam talk about their Paul Newman documentary.
Writer, Director, Producer, and Actor Paul Feig joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show with a bit of Paul's background growing up in Michigan to a religious family. Paul talks about his first creative project making a commercial for his father's Army surplus store. Then Paul looks back on his early days doing stand-up comedy and honing his craft. Adam and Paul then riff on comedy in general and what it takes to improvise on set while making a film or TV show. Before they wrap, Paul explains how he got from doing stand-up to creating & directing some of the most successful TV shows and comedy films in Hollywood today.
Good friends of Adam's Kevin Hench and Nick Santora join Adam to talk about their experiences working as show runners in Hollywood. They also talk about Nick's relationship with the movie 'Get Hard' out now and Hench's experience co-writing and co-directing 'Road Hard' and much more.
Adam sits down with Oscar winning screenwriter John Ridley (of 12 Years A Slave Fame) to discuss growing up in Wisconsin, his start in stand-up comedy, and his multifacated career that led to an Oscar win and now a hit network television show in ABC's 'American Crime'
Attorney to the stars Mark Geragos joins Adam this week for a one on one discussion about his path to success and the traits that people should be instilling in their children to foster success later in life. Mark and Adam also discuss some of Adam's path to success and they compare the portions of their stories that are extremely similar. Mark and Adam also talk about the challenges and rewards involved in owning and running a small business.
Co-founder of 'The Chive' John Resig joins Adam today to talk about the origins of the website and how it has evolved into a multifaceted internet presence with a booming e-commerce business and a significant charitable presence as well.
This week Adam is joined by comedian and television host Byron Allen to talk about his extensive history in comedy & entertainment. Byron takes Adam on a journey from starting comedy at age 14, being on network television by age 18 all the way up to his successes of today and plans for the future. The pair also discuss Byron's current pending lawsuit dealing with racial and economic inequality in media, an injustice Byron is striving to correct.
Adam Carolla is today’s guest on Take a Knee with his assistant Matt ‘The Porcelain Punisher’ Fondiler interviewing him. Matt asks Adam questions about how he defines success and satisfaction and weather or not they are truly achievable aspirations. Matt also asks Adam about his early role models, given that Adam has adamantly said that his parents were not inspirational. As the show wraps up, Matt has Adam explain how he broke out of the cycle that his family and friends were stuck in living check to check and eventually became independently wealthy and successful.
Art Alexakis joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee and the pair open the show discussing the numerous things they have in common such as both growing up in Southern California and not necessarily having the most involved parents. As the show goes on they touch on topics including the differences between raising boys and girls, how decisions made by parents when children are young can have lifelong implications and much more.
Actor and Producer Jason Hervey joins Adam for this week’s episode discussing his rise from child actor to very successful TV and film producer. Jason also talks with Adam about his upcoming docuseries ‘Outlaw Country’ following a federal task force as they try to bring down a pair of suspected criminals who also happen to be brothers. The pair also discuss the evolution of media and how screens shrinking in the cinema and growing in homes has fundamentally changed the way people consume various forms of media today. Upon learning the Jason similarly has a set of boy/girl twins, Adam turns the conversation to the idea of grit and how important Jason thinks that is to instill into children.
NFL Super Agent Leigh Steinberg joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee to talk about his rise to the most powerful NFL agent in the world. Leigh retails Adam with the tale of his first client, Steve Bartkowski who was drafted first overall in the 1975 NFL Draft pulling in an unprecedented $250,000 signing bonus and 4 year $600,000 contract. The pair also explore how Leigh built one of the best client rosters in the industry only to have it slowly unravel at the hands of alcohol for a variety of both personal and professional reasons including the death of Leigh’s father and the demise of his marriage.
Adam is joined this week by rock legend and last remaining member of The Ramones, Marky Ramone. The guys explore Marky’s start in the New York music scene including the genesis of the famous CBGB club and when he first discovered The Ramones before becoming their drummer. As the conversation turns to the partying times Marky reveals that he did “turn to the bottle” and talks about his struggles. Marky explains how when he was cleaning up his act he was given advice to work outside of the music industry, leading him to work in the construction world doing demolition work. The pair also talk about how Marky felt about the band dynamic, and what his relationship was like to each individual member.
Comedic legend Mel Brooks sits down with Adam to discuss his journey from a young man in Brooklyn to a Hollywood power player and legendary comedian. Adam and Mel discuss the very early days of Mel growing up with three older brothers and just his mother after his father died when he was only two years old, his time in the Armed Forces defusing land mines, and finally his incredibly successful career in Hollywood. They also discus Mel’s upcoming comedy special on HBO ‘Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen’
Restauranter, chef and food personality Eddie Huang joins Adam for a talk about his rise from first generation American born to Taiwanese parents to a successful restaurant owner and author whose memoir ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ is being adapted into an ABC sitcom. Adam and Eddie discuss how his experiences in private schools followed by public schools helped shape Eddie’s interests and his ability to interact with a wide variety of personalities. They also explore how Eddie got into the restaurant business and how the popularity of his memoir spawned the upcoming sitcom, and how infuriating it can be to deal with television executives when trying to be creative.
Actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Terry opens the show talking about growing up in Flint, Michigan and quickly realizing the towns future decline. This, as well as Terry's childhood growing up in a deeply religious household with an alcoholic father, forced him at an early age to focus on any future possible he could take that would help him get out of his situation. This leads into his college days playing football and eventual draft into the NFL. After that, Terry talks about when he first got into acting and how much he enjoyed it right from the beginning. Before they wrap, Adam and Terry get into a long discussion on the importance of failing, as well as the necessity of being forced to achieve success on your own vs piggy backing off someone else's success or getting free handouts.