Not Taco Bell Material

Not Taco Bell Material

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by Adam Carolla
     
 

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Now in paperback, Adam Carolla takes us back—before Loveline and The Man Show, before the Guinness World Record-breaking podcast and the New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks—to reveal all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known

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Now in paperback, Adam Carolla takes us back—before Loveline and The Man Show, before the Guinness World Record-breaking podcast and the New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks—to reveal all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories, debuting some never-before-heard tales as well.  Organized by the myriad "dumps" Carolla called home as a child to the flophouse apartments he rented in his twenties, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood, the anecdotes here follow Adam's journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.
     Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for more than fifteen years. Yet he's still connected to the working-class guy he once was and delivers a raw and edgy, fish-out-of-water take on the world he lives in (but mostly disagrees with), telling all the stories, no matter who he offends—family, friends, or the famous.

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Former Man Show co-host and podcast phenomenon's manly-man memoir about the awfulness of poverty and the crappiness of wealth and fame. Carolla (In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks, 2010, etc.) supplements his income as a famous podcast-show guy by doubling as a writer--or more specifically "ranter," as in this latest autobiographical harangue. Warming to the author's sense of humor depends on how you relate to a 47-year-old male who still calls women "chicks" and uses junior high scatological terminology like "ass mud." Here Carolla takes vengeful aim at all the human beings who've pissed him off over the years, which seems to be pretty much everyone he's come in contact with except his stepgrandfather. He rags on his over-the-top hippie parents for their un-American voluntary poverty and humorless activist causes; he rebelled against them in high school by becoming an obnoxious jock. His early 20s were full of crappy jobs and gonzo hijinks with buddies whose existences appeared to center around getting wasted and peeing on stuff. Carolla admits his love for lighting farts and recreational flatulence in general, gaseous coming-of-age hobbies that, not surprisingly, proved useful in his first gig as a host on Loveline in the mid-'90s. He got his big TV showbiz break when he met established comic Jimmy Kimmel and created the Man Show; next thing he knew, he was making serious dough and living in a house in the Hollywood Hills. The first half of the book showcases Carolla's unrelenting bitching about all the manual-labor jobs he toiled in; the next chronicles his firsthand discovery that Hollywood success pretty much sucks too--except now he can pay his bills and doesn't have to share his apartment with someone who isn't a hot chick. Another full-on blitz of 40-something white-male rage, lightened very little by the occasional potty-humor anecdote.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307888877
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

ADAM CAROLLA is a radio and TV host, comedian, actor, and host of the Adam Carolla Podcast. Carolla is well known as the co-host of the radio and MTV show Loveline, the co-creator and co-host of The Man Show, and as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

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Not Taco Bell Material 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
BooksAndBeer More than 1 year ago
Even when you disagree with Adam Carolla, you have to concede that he has a point. This is no hyper-edited glossy celeb bio. This is an angry ranting middle-aged white dude with a beautiful sense of irony, often a crude sense of humor, and a way of looking at things that makes a reader think and laugh. Adam's humor is often self-deprecating, but he doesn't mind bringing down anyone and everyone a notch or two. This has occasionally made those who don't understand his humor or irony think that he's racist or bigoted. He makes many cracks about women that used to irritate me until I'd catch myself doing the very thing he'd yelled about...and realized he's right. If you like the book, I recommend that you also get the audiobook, as Adam eschews the traditional format and starts ranting tangents that are not in the book. It's the audiobook version of a director's cut and is worth every penny. I'm only 2 hours in and already there's a bunch of material not in the ebook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows what you can achieve on your own without help from family or goverment. Hats off to Mr. Carolla.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GET IT ON ACE MAN!!!! I've been impatiently waiting for the release of this book ever since I put down the last one and as I expected, it was worth the wait. If you listen to the podcast (as you should if you're not retarded), a lot of this will be things that Adam has touched on and sometimes ranted about before. However, there are plenty of unheard tales and little nuggets that will give you more insight into the life of Ace Rockolla. Do yourself a favor, buy the book and you will not regret it. While you're at it, tell a friend, support the podcast and keep the pirate ship afloat!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like hilarious reads and this month has been a good one for me. I decided to make my weekend a relaxing one and starting off with The Oaf, and then capped it with Adam Carolla's Not Taco Bell Material. The characters are witty and serve their purposes pretty well. The pace is fast and the descriptions succinct. On top of all of that, the writing is smooth and the lines made it the fun book that it is. This book of a beautiful mind deserves all the credits it has been given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great look at one mans growth and life from each house he lived in. Super funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is I loved it...and it's the only Nook book I've paid this much for, and worth every penny! I laughed in every chapter and appreciate him so much more knowing his background. Highly recommend to anyone who's ever laughed at only even one of his jokes; funny and still touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book
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Chuckled many times. Now I'm going to read his first book.
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Easy read, very funny! Loved this.
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My kind of humor!
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Lol ok sure
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HELP TACOS ARE ATTACKING!!!!!!<p><p><p><p>HELP TACOS ARE ATTACKING!!!!!!!
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So im the tacomonster and im obSESSED with tacos. If u go 2 the nook store u will find ine of my posts on each saying"its the tacomonster click here" ir something like that. U can foloow me and hear my stories. And always remember my signature!PEACE LOVE TACOOOS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your a fan of the Ace man you will love this book. You can hear Carolla through the pages as he takes you on a journey through the homes of his past. Carolla's perception of our culture and all of its obnoxious qualities is highly entertaining. Buy this book if you want to grin.