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Unemployment was great motivation for Adam Carolla

When it was time to get to work a lack of security might have made Adam Carolla better off. (AP Photo/File)

At some point, many of us will find ourselves out of a job. What we do with that time? Find or create work. It depends on who we are and what interests we have. But for outspoken comedian Adam Carolla, his reaction was to panic.

For a time, Carolla had nearly four jobs. By day he would host “The Man Show,” by night he would host “Loveline” on the radio, then there was the Loveline television show and his Muppet like puppets that would pull phone pranks on “Crank-Yankers.”

After getting the boot from the last of those gigs, Carolla found himself out to pasture.

“For the first time ever, career wise, I was concerned. I’m not a spring chicken. There was nothing on the horizon,” Carolla told The Dori Monson Show.

He said he didn’t hang onto his Hollywood riches. He wasn’t blowing his income on those big mistakes passing celebrities often make.

“I bought real estate. I bought cars, old race cars. But I spent [my money] along the way.”

It was time to get to work and his lack of security might have made him better off. He went into business for himself.

“I probably overcompensated.”

He started writing and doing more live shows. He hit the podcast game hard. Now he’s even developed a cocktail called “Mangria.”

Carolla told Dori that if someone said they were going to guarantee his income, he would gladly stay home. When left to his own devices, and uncertainty, he sometimes more than triples what he used to make in a month.

Of course, that means he’s busy too. Carolla was in Seattle on Saturday to perform at The Paramount Theater with Dennis Prager. He also celebrated the launch of Mangria on Saturday at The Edge Grill in Downtown Seattle.

Dori Monson on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

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Alyssa Kleven

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