When it comes to helping others with their relationships, two people have had their fair share of dishing out the best advice, warnings and “are you crazy?” statements. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla, former co-hosts of youth- and adult-favorite radio show Loveline (Dr. Drew is still in the Loveline business), spent ten years making others’ love qualms their prerogative, while cracking a few jokes together along the way. On February 16 at 7 p.m., this dynamic duo takes to the Lobero stage, reminiscing about their decade together and offering a live-audience version of the show we’re so used to hearing over our car speakers.
Taylor Micaela: What was your guys’ favorite part about doing Loveline?
Adam Carolla: I liked sitting next to Dr. Drew, and I liked not having a script, saying what I wanted to say in an unfettered way. It was a perfect storm for me. And the show started at ten at night. I’m not funny at 6:03 a.m.—I’m pissed off. Also, there’s no better straight man on the planet than Dr. Drew. He knows he’s not funny, never tried to be funny, and thus all he wanted to do is talk. He never sat back trying to come up with a joke. Imagine that you’re having a conversation with a friend of yours at lunch and you say something… and they’re tuning out thinking about a pun. Drew never tried to come up with a joke, and he realizes it’s a bad idea.
Dr. Drew Pinsky: I’ve been doing Loveline for almost 30 years, and I ask myself how it is that I’m still motivated every night to go in. It boils down fundamentally to a young person on the other end; I enjoy being of service to these young kids struggling with issues and peeking behind the curtain in real time to the issues going on in this country.
T: And how about your least favorite part?
AC: I had the rare occasion of having to leave to go to work… I had to cut out at 9:30 p.m. from the Man Show wrap party. There was another occasion when I went to the Grammy’s and would have loved to go to a Quincy Jones after party, but had an “Ah, I gotta go to work” moment.
Dr. D: I don’t like going to bed after midnight.
T: That’s funny, Adam said that he didn’t like to leave to go to work, and you don’t like being up that late.
Dr. D: Adam doesn’t like to leave to go to work anytime, so that’s understandable.
T: Can you tell me the most outrageous relationship question you can remember being asked?
Dr. D: That’s like asking an ambulance driver his most intense night. Every night is intense. Not only is it intense on the radio and now podcasting, it’s equally as intense when people do it at presentations. I’m always confused and amazed that people would open up, before us and before God, in these audiences, but I’m glad that they do.
AC: Oh gosh, there’s a gajillion. One guy went to a morgue, found an old body and pulled of her head to make a skull for his snake.
T: Oh my gosh, what did that have to do with his relationship?
AC: I think he just wanted to tell somebody.
T: Have you ever used any questions asked on Loveline and the subsequent advice for your own relationships?
AC: I’m pretty good at not listening to myself. Also pretty good at “Do as I say, not as I do.” I do understand some things from a relationship standpoint, but I didn’t put a whole lot of it into practice. I do try to apply it to my kids, but I also feel like, that’s a clean sheet of paper, let’s not put a whole lot of graffiti on it. But at the same time, it’s not like I went to sit next to Dr. Drew and thought, “Well, I’m perfect.”
T: Alright, the big question: radio or television?
Dr. D: Radio. Radio is much more intimate, immediate. I like the immediacy. There’s something about the intimacy of the one-to-one correspondence that you just don’t get with television.
AC: I really don’t like T.V. I don’t like putting the makeup on, the teleprompter. I’ve done enough of it, but it’s not my thing. I much prefer radio. I like inserting ideas into your head, and T.V. isn’t great for that. I have a thought, and I want to get it into your head. T.V., there’s too much going on. With radio you get much deeper penetration.
T: Understandable. What are you most excited about on this tour?
Dr. D: I love public speaking and audiences, I just did a TEDx. I’m very turned on (for lack of a better phrase) by relating to audiences. Adam and I would be in rooms with 7,000 kids, yet it seemed very intimate, immediate and entertaining.
T: And are you a fan of Santa Barbara?
Dr. D: Oh yes, oh my god. Whenever I go up there I say, “Why don’t I spend more time here?”
T: Great! Well we can’t wait to have you. Alright, the final (and most important question). I pooled some friends for a relationship question that they wanted answered: spooning, what do you do with the other arm?
AC: Ha, that’s a good one. To me, it depends on how you sleep. I think if you slide it under the pillow of your significant other, it can’t go under their head, it can’t go underneath their shoulder; I think if you put a layer of quilted down-feathered goodness between your open arm and the pillow, then they have their head against the pillow and the pillow sandwiching your arm. I think that’s win-win. Memory foam mattresses are funny though. I was watching a commerical the other day, and the bed had memory foam, and I thought to myself, “I don’t want my mattress having a memory! What is it shows up to a party I’m at and just starts talking about me?”
Well there you have it, ladies and gents. No memory foam pillows to whisper your spooning activities, as prescribed by Adam Carolla himself.
To hear more from this pair, be sure to buy your tickets for the Reunion Tour. And reach those arms nice and high when it comes time to ask your relationship question—we’re all open ears.