The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #57 – Elliot Mintz

This interview with Elliot Mintz was recorded in January of 2011. It is being brought out today as a podcast in celebration of Elliot Mintz’s 73rd birthday.

Elliot Mintz made his name as a radio and television personality, interviewing thousands of people, among them: John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jack Lemmon, Alan Watts, Jack Nicholson, Salvador Dali, John Wayne, Groucho Marx and many others.  Mintz went on to become a media consultant for everyone from Bob Dylan, the John Lennon Estate, Don Johnson and Paris Hilton.

His eyes and ears have seen a lot. It remains one of my absolute favorite interviews to date and we hope you enjoy listening. 

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Bob Edwards: Radio Talk Show Host & Interviewer

Bob Edwards has interviewed 50,000 people and counting in the fields of the Arts & Entertainment, Politics, Literature and Journalism.  His style of interviewing is more of a conversation and this fact has lead many iconic people to come back to him again and again.  However, what makes Bob Edwards so remarkable is that he approaches all interviews with the same curiosity.  He believes we all have a story.  It’s a true joy to have Bob Edwards share his story this time, with all of us.


Elliot Mintz: A Sound Portrait

Elliot Mintz is a former radio and television personality who went on to become a media consultant for many well-known celebrities and CEOs.  I cannot think of anyone in the business they sometimes call the Hollywood “entertainment industry” who has grabbed my attention quite like Elliot Mintz.  I cannot really think of many people who would not find him interesting…years ago when he represented a lot of the A-list celebrities like Paris Hilton, he seemed a million miles away from my own life.  Then there was the many recordings I heard of his nationally syndicated radio program, “The Lost Lennon Tapes” that played rare alternate takes, composition tapes and interviews of Elliot’s friend John Lennon.  John Lennon along with maybe Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley may be the only people in the history of popular music with enough interest that an entire radio series could be devoted to them.  You may think Paris Hilton and John Lennon are worlds apart, but you have to understand Elliot Mintz.  He isinterested in the true essence of a person.  The media and people in general for that matter tend to try to put people in neat categories, a box.  As he told me during our first encounter, “You know, there is a difference between who we are and what we do and there’s probably more of a significant difference about how we are perceived.

I was curious about Elliot Mintz for a long time before I finally decided to email him.  I asked him a question and he wrote back and immediately gave me his phone number.  We corresponded for years until I finally had enough nerve to ask him if he would be interviewed.  Why I was afraid to ask I can’t quite say.  He said “yes,” and it was few years later, in 2011, I would find myself in an airplane heading to Los Angeles, California.  It was more than just curiosity.  Sometimes we just know it’s the way we’re supposed to go.  There I was in his house where I was free to ask whatever I wanted.  This was a man who had seen and heard a lot.

The first question I asked him was “Who is Elliot Mintz?”  He said, “I guess it depends on who you ask.”  I haven’t really had someone answer the question of who they are in that way.  Elliot Mintz has said he doesn’t really know who he is, but if there is any reason for that, it is because he has spent his life looking at who other people are.  He has seen a lot, heard more and along the way tried to look at it and think about what it means.

So who is Elliot Mintz?

If you spend some time on his website  you may believe he has been the conduit between some of the most interesting people who have ever lived and the listening world.  He was born in New York, but found himself moving to California at a very young age.  He decided he wanted to be on the radio.  This may have been a surprise to some people given that Elliot Mintz was very shy and had stutter and a thick New York accent.  Over time he overcame those challenges.  It was interviewing that Elliot Mintz really loved.  It was more than the extraction of information, it was a person’s very essence.  Many of the people he would interview were or would become in some cases the most iconic people of all time…Groucho Marx, Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Jack Nicholson.  Elliot Mintz was always a preservationist.  To hold onto the tapes is to be a keeper of the stories.  In this respect, some interviewers become almost like archivists.  Elliot Mintz kept the tapes and for many, many years they remained tucked away, unknown to most.  It was long before the internet.   These piles of unmarked tapes could not remain hidden forever.

The question Elliot Mintz began being asked repeatedly was “Elliot, when are you going to write a book?”  Elliot has told me that a more accurate biography is written by someone other than the subject.  It seemed to me like Elliot was looking for something more accessible where those who wanted to find out more could make up their own mind.

What would be created was something old and something new.  A jukebox that doesn’t need a coin.  In short, that is what is.  You get to decide to watch or listen to whatever strikes your interest.  You can play it all day…and because of the incredible content on this website, I choose to think of it as a portal into new worlds.  The stories and minds of people like Alan Watts and Jack Gariss are all available at your fingertips, and not a coin is required of you.  Some of the material is visual, but a lot of it is audio…radio has been called a theatre of the mind and this description always comes to my mind when I think of

At first was only available on computers and laptops.  Now the reach of the website has been expanded to iPhones and other more portable devices.  I decided I had to do a second interview with Elliot Mintz, which he agreed to do.  The website has a lot of insight into Elliot Mintz’s opinions, recollections and thoughts, but my curiosity was still not satisfied.  I spoke with Elliot Mintz and the second conversation was far more personal and more of an inner-view than the first.  I felt like I had gotten his essence then, but I felt I was gaining more of an insight into who he really was…  If we are judged by the company we keep, Elliot Mintz is certainly diverse and intriguing.  I found myself speaking with a publicist named Michael Levine who has written the best-selling book on public relations of all time.  Then there was Te Kay, the technical wizard and digital artist behind…to call him a webmaster really is a disservice.  Then there are two of Elliot Mintz’s broadcasting colleagues—Sirius/XM DJ Jim Ladd and Roy of Hollywood, the host of “Something’s Happening” on KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California. 

 Since the beginning of my radio program, almost all of the shows have followed the format of music along with an interview.  I found myself creating something without knowing what it was…exactly.  Was it an audio documentary?  Was it a radio broadcast? Was it an audio book?  The creation of the piece continued.  Daniel Buckner helped me write program…if you want to call it that.  Henry Jordan of Jordan Digital Studios mastered, produced and mixed it.  The musical selections you hear are courtesy of songwriter and recording artist John Goodwin.

In the end, I decided that this was a sound portrait.  For those who are looking to find out a little bit more, I want to invite you to listen or read this piece which I am quite proud of…

Spoken arts radio is something very rarely done these days.  The two exceptions ot the rule are Roy of Hollywood in California and Bob Fass  in New York.  In keeping with that tradition, I am very honored Elliot Mintz and his friends have allowed me to ask questions and create a spoken arts record of Elliot and the launching of his fascinating website.

With that said, I believe the story is not over yet… will have more selections added to the jukebox. 

This “sound portrait” will be available soon.  For those who prefer to read, a text version of the program will also be available.  I look forward to your thoughts… 

I will also admit that my curiosity still persists.  Communication is very important to Elliot Mintz and I believe we will pick up where we left off and go just a bit deeper on another night… 

John Tesh: Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Radio Personaity, TV Host

We welcome a familiar face and a familiar voice.  John Tesh is known for not only his music recordings, but also his years as a host on TV’s Entertainment Tonight.  His radio program “Intelligence for Your Life” is heard by 14 million listeners on 400 stations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.  John Tesh has won six music Emmys, has 4 gold albums, 2 Grammy nominations and an AP Award for Investigative journalism.  As a recording artist, John Tesh has sold 8 million records.  He joins us to talk about his album “BIG BAND,” which features his interpretations of American songbook classics and also 3 original songs.


Who is Richard Kerr?


In 2011, I had the pleasure of interviewing Enoch Anderson, the very talented lyricist who wrote songs with Barry Manilow for 15 Minutes, the first original album from Manilow since the 2001 Here at the Mayflower. The experience was very fascinating and many people commented on how well-spoken Enoch Anderson is.

People sometimes ask me when I became a fan of Mr. Manilow’s. I always chuckle and answer that I was born this way. It’s not far from the truth. My mom has an appreciation for really great music. Appreciation is too mild of a word. She LOVES music. She told me about seeing Simon & Garfunkel as a youth. I got to see Simon & Garfunkel too and am glad we can share an admiration for them. We also love Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, along with her sister—my aunt. Either my mom or my aunt (both?) saw Frankie and the Seasons 21 times! She likes the impeccable and soulful vocals of Kenny Rogers. She likes a lot of the Beatles catalogue. Those are just the pop music favorites, and her favorite would be—Barry Manilow. Barry Manilow? The “Copacabana” singer?

Why, yes he did compose and sing that song, and I heard “Copacabana” along with so many of the other songs Manilow recorded hundreds of times. She held my baby sister in her arms and would dance while “Can’t Smile Without You,” played on a cassette tape player in the kitchen of our house in the Philippines. The fact is, “Copacabana” is only the tip of the iceberg of the music Manilow has recorded. He’s recorded classics from the Great American Songbook—backed by big bands and also pop standards from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He’s done Broadway standards, and of course plenty of his own songs, usually written with his favorite lyricists and others written solo. What is so impressive about Manilow is the incredible quality of music he makes and how well he is at interpreting another songwriter’s work.

As you may have guessed, I have an admiration and appreciation for what Manilow does and I think his career is something I both take seriously, from an almost faux-scholarly perspective, but also get a great deal of joy listening to. Some of my favorite songs Manilow composed—“Even Now,” “This One’s for You” and the joyous “It’s a Miracle,” had lyrics written by Marty Panzer. It was a name I had seen many times. I’m a careful reader of the liner notes, especially of the Manilow vinyl records I have and cherish. I decided after the success of the Enoch Anderson interview, it would be great to get in touch with Marty Panzer. His response to my inquiry was pure enthusiasm. I think he realized the purity of what I was doing. I really wanted to know what inspired these wonderful words I had heard hundreds of times.

Talking to Marty Panzer was exciting. People who know him well really love him and his passion is so infectious that you find yourself seeing music and what it is to experience music for the blessing and gift that it is! Those who have met Marty Panzer or have seen his storytelling on stage know what I am speaking of. It would become one of my favorite interviews to date and the amount of mail I got from people who listened to it showed that I was not the only one who appreciated it. Then something interesting happened. Often interviewers say that the typical relationship with the interviewee is that the interview is broadcast, or the article is published and you never hear from the subject again. My experience has been different in that I have really connected with some of my guests, but I feel like Mr. Panzer understood more than almost anyone what it is I am trying to do and has encouraged me so much in that respect.

I decided there was no need to stop there. I found out after 8 years of interviewing people on the radio, that I had a real passion for interviewing lyricists (those who write the words), composers (those who write the music) and songwriters (those who do both). I set out to try to interview the songwriters who had written songs that had resonated in my heart. It’s been incredible. Some of the interviews have been with very famous songwriters like Jimmy Webb, Neil Sedaka—or Bob Gaudio. Others have been a little more obscure…like Richard Kerr.

Who is Richard Kerr? If you’re asking me— he’s a musical genius. It all started when I was looking through the CD Ultimate Manilow. I noticed some of the greatest songs on the album—“Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It,” and “Somewhere in the Night,” were all composed by a man named Richard Kerr. No question about it, Manilow had a lot of success with this man’s songs. But, who was this man?

“Somewhere in the Night,” is in my opinion one of the greatest songs I’ve heard. That’s a strong statement, but you can start with the absolutely incredible lyrics by the great Will Jennings. . Look at the lyrics that open this song: “Time, you found time enough to love / I found love enough to hold you. / I’ll stir the fire you feel inside/ Until the flames of love enfold you.” I mean… “Wow. Who does that?” Then I put on the headphones and listened intently to the melody. It’s one of the most gorgeous of any recording. I listened carefully to not only the popular Manilow recording, but also to renditions by Helen Reddy, Yvonne Elliman, Kim Carnes and Richard Kerr’s own version.

So it was in 2011 I decided to track down and interview Mr. Richard Kerr. One of the people who most encouraged me to interview Kerr was Marty Panzer. He wrote to me, “Richard Kerr is one of the great talents of our generation. At the time, his music may very well have had the greatest impact on Popular Music, since the Beatles. Richard does all the right things… for all the right reasons.” Keep in mind that Kerr has written songs covered by not only Manilow, but also Dionne Warwick, Roy Orbison, John Denver, Rita Coolidge, the Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Manchester, and Peter Cetera.

Manilow’s first #1 single was “Mandy,” recorded 40 years ago this year. It was written by lyricist and recording artist Scott English and composed by Richard Kerr. Scott English recorded the first version under the original title, which was“Brandy.” First, I interviewed Scott English and heard from a couple of people who were kind of miffed by Scott saying he did not originally like Barry Manilow’s interpretation of “Mandy.” I interviewed Richard Kerr next and received quite a few emails from people who read the transcript. When I asked if they listened to the audio of the interview, only a couple had said they did. Apparently more than a few people were also upset that Richard Kerr did not initially like “Mandy” either. Some responded positively to one of the two songwriters and not the other.

A few people emailed me to ask me this question—“Why do you bother interviewing these songwriters? Why not only interview the stars who sing the songs?” This is a question that people have asked me for years. Take for instance, Barry Manilow. He’s been the most requested interview by people who listen to my interviews for years now. It’s in large part because I’ve welcomed almost all of Manilow’s lyricists, Enoch, Marty, Adrienne Anderson and Jack Feldman. I’ve also interviewed other songwriters that Manilow covered: like Gerard Kenny who composed “I Made It Through the Rain,” and David Pomeranz who wrote “The Old Songs,” and “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again,” Charles Fox who composed “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” Randy Edelman who wrote “Weekend in New England,” Tom Snow and Cynthia Weil who wrote “Somewhere Down the Road,” and countless others. Needless to say, Manilow has recorded a lot of songs through the years!

There are a lot of entertainment people in Hollywood who think of screenwriters as being a joke. In our star-obsessed culture, it kind of makes sense, but in my opinion…it’s absurd. To me the screenwriters are the truly brilliant creators. The parallel in music is the not-so-celebrated geniuses in music. The fact is, if you don’t want to hear or read interviews with songwriters…I maybe and probably can’t make you care. All I can do is continue with my passion and explain to you why I work so hard to interview songwriters, and not just the legendary names like Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams that people recognize.

The fact of the matter is that we wouldn’t have a song like “Somewhere in the Night” without a brilliant composer like Richard Kerr and an artistically endowed lyricist like Will Jennings. The song was born out of their creativity, minds and life experiences. Why would I talk to Scott English about the first incarnation of “Mandy,” back when it was “Brandy”? Well, because he is the only one qualified to tell us what inspired those words when he took pen to paper. These men and women who write songs are geniuses. The pain and sorrow in Scott English’s life manifested itself and something of beauty came out—“Brandy.” Was there genius in the way Barry Manilow arranged the song? Of course! Certainly there was, but let us never forget who wrote the song. Without speaking for Barry Manilow, and this is purely speculation, but I believe he would agree with me. I can enjoy and appreciate Manilow’s interpretation and find the evolution of the song as fascinating as it is. After speaking with the men who wrote the song, I can appreciate both the original and the interpretation for different reasons. If you’ve taken a moment to listen to the interviews of Richard Kerr and Scott English, I thank you most sincerely. I’m going to continue to interview great songwriters—some whose name you know and some you don’t necessarily recognize. Maybe you’ll listen to what they have to say. They’ve certainly given us gifts that never feel “used.” Great songs continue to satisfy us again and again.

As to people taking offense to songwriters being surprised or not loving a recording artist’s version of their song, I would say this: if anyone is entitled to an opinion, it is the songwriter. After all,it is their song. When I or someone else asks what they think of an interpretation, should they lie? If anything, I am proud to give them an open forum and believe these people feel they can be honest with me. If someone felt they had to be diplomatic and not say what they really believed, I would essentially have failed as an interviewer. It’s important to preserve the history of these songwriters and also record their perspectives and opinions. As is the case with Pete Seeger, a legendary songwriter I interviewed who passed away today, an interview with them is a way to keep something of them around. Maybe one day it can help us and we can understand who the person that created these masterpieces was.

So it’s not that I don’t want to interview a star like Barry Manilow. I’ve tried and was even asked by a former publicist when I would be available to interview him. It ended up getting called off, but it’s not Barry Manilow the star I want to interview. It’s Barry the music lover and composer. And if I ever interviewed Manilow, before we parted ways I’d ask him to put in a good word with lyricist Bruce Sussman for me. Frankly, I am as enamored by the creative output of Marty Panzer, Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman, Adrienne Anderson, and Enoch Anderson as I am Barry Manilow. One of the greatest compliments I ever got was today, from a great writer and friend named Kyle Prater. He said that what has kept what I do so genuine is that whomever I interview is given the same respect and treated every bit the same as a “big name.”

Recently, I had an interview scheduled in north Florida with a singer. This incredibly talented vocalist has an amazing story and a unique outlook, but had to back out of the interview not even 24 hours before it was supposed to take place. These things happen. I decided that the Paul I know, and I’m talking about myself here, would go down there and find a story nonetheless. So I drove down at night and fell asleep in my hotel room at 2:00 A.M. The next morning I set up a little office in my room and set out to track down and get an interview with a 92-year-old lyricist named Luigi Creatore. I’ve tried for some time to reach him and some may know him as not only a playwright and record producer, but also a co-writer of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” as sung by Elvis Presley and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” that the Tokens recorded. Could we ever comprehend how much joy and love these songs have helped us realize? Can you imagine how many people hear “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and remember it playing at their wedding? So after doing some detective work, I ended up getting ahold of Mr. Creatore and was invited to his home in Boca Raton. While I was there, I was introduced to his wife Claire, who as it turns out is the widow of George David Weiss who wrote “What a Wonderful World,” a song my mom loves. I recall very vividly my mother telling me how she related to the lyrics. I wonder if moments like those have had a bigger influence on my life than I realize. While I was interviewing Luigi he talked about that song “What a Wonderful World,” and even though he did not write it, I could tell how much he admired and loved it.

On my way home, I started thinking about how crazy this passion and very strange trip of interviewing songwriters has been for me. It caused me to be stranded once. I thought about how little sleep I had gotten that weekend, how weary driving for long hours can make you and if maybe I was a bit unbalanced? Then as I looked at the beautiful Florida skyline as the sun was setting I heard the unmistakable first few seconds of Louis Armstrong’s recording of “What a Wonderful World.” As the song played, I thought about the lyrics like I never had before. I thought about the people I have had the chance to meet on this big blue ball. Some of them were very young when they left us and some were older. And I thought about the newest one who was just born. Some of them wrote music or words that I grew up hearing countless times from childhood on albums or on the radio and would meet years and years later. I could have stayed home where I am comfortable, but I was now blessed with a new perspective from yet another songwriter, a man named Luigi Creatore who never had seen me before, but greeted me at his front door with a hug. To be able to meet people like him who have brought so much joy to others is something I have more gratitude for than I can contain. I won’t stop doing this. And thanks to people like Luigi and Richard, -the songwriters, because of them, yes—what a wonderful world.

Special thanks to Chef Adam Mohl.

We’re Here

 Hey, it’s me.  The past ten years have come and gone so quickly, but the memories collected add up to a lot of stories.  Some of the people who have shared are known all over the world and many of them are known to a few.  There’s one thread that unites them all – my love for what they do or in some cases did.  Ten years worth of interviews?  That’s a lot of talking, but the truth is that for me it’s mostly been listening.

Many of these interviews were broadcast on the radio one time, never to be heard again.  So many people had great things to say.  I would look for interviews with certain people who had created and accomplished amazing things and would find nothing.  More than once artists who had made incredible contributions to our popular culture would tell me this was the first time their story was being told in their own voice.

If there is one thing we all need, other than love, it’s purpose.  My love is my purpose and it’s a true blessing to know what that is.  I help people tell their stories.  Ten years ago, I would have never believed you if you had told me I would interview my favorite movie director (Woody Allen) or that I would have found myself drinking a beer and singing with a personal fave and one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n roll (Fats Domino) in his living room.  Don’t get me started!

The relaunch of this website is a new chapter in my life…a new canvas on which to paint.  Most importantly, it’s my gift to you.  Slowly, but surely all of the interviews from the past ten years will be available on this website.  You can listen, on-demand, to a conversation with Larry King, or read an incredible conversation with Maya Angelou and learn how important dance and calypso music were toher formative years.  It’s a lot of content.  It’s a lot of stories.

Music.  Movies.  Books.  Paintings.  Plays.  These are all various ways we communicate with each other.  What I try to do is get artists and writers to talk about their work.  They in turn are able to communicate with you so everyone can gain a better understanding.  Maybe this in turn will help you better understand yourself.  I know so many of these interviews have inspired new thoughts of my own or a different perspective on how to view the world we call home.

Whether it’s research or plain entertainment, my humble prayer and wish is for you to get something out of your time on this website.  Maybe it’s information or just a moment of happiness.  There have been some incredibly optimisic sentiments shared and the people featured here have been inspirational and I know from the interactions I have had that they have inspired many other people.

You could say things are lining up.  I’ve great people who care about me and make creativity so much fun.  These people are like espresso to me.  They get my imagination and enthusiasm to the highest level.   Then there’s Jeff Pike.  Although we don’t work together as much as we used to, so many of these interviews were made possible because Jeff was in the other room recording them.  My love for radio will never go away and it’s been a joy to collaborate with someone who loves music as much as I do.  I don’t know if I would have hung in there for as long as I did if it weren’t for Jeff.  We sure have some stories to tell.

So we’re here.  I truly believe the story is just starting.  I’m finally becoming the man I want to be.

I’m over the moon that you’ve joined us.  Perhaps we’ll fly there together.  Now that’s a story…

Special thanks to Charles & Wendy.

Lynette Carolla: Broadcast Personality

LYNETTE CAROLLA is the co-host of the show For Cryin’ Out Loud heard on the ACE Broadcasting Network.  We had spoken to Adam Carolla, his father Jim Carolla and of course Bryan Bishop.  We figured it would be great to talk with this mother, wife, broadcast personality and Bruce Springsteen fan.

As you may notice, Lynette Carolla is downright likeable.

Well, tell all the listeners out there…I asked Jim Carolla this question and he had a very philosophical answer.

Of course he did.

Who’s the real Lynette Carolla?

The real Lynette Carolla….you’re talking to her right now.  I think I’m…what is…I am doing three things right now.  I’m in the kitchen with the kids.  I just made them lunch, which, uh, was salami, string cheese, crackers, corn chips and an apple.  I just poured myself a cup of coffee and we’re about to go take our blind dog, Mollie, for a walk and then we’re going to go run some errands.  And that’s what my Saturday looks like.  And then we’re going to come home and go to bed.  They’re going to go to bed and I’m going to stay up and watch my reality TV.

ACE Broadcasting is kind of like a family business.


You and your husband, Adam, you both have a podcast.


And then Adam’s father has a podcast.


What inspired you to want to have your own show?

(Laughs)  Well, it wasn’t really my idea.  What happened was that I did….I was very lucky and privileged and it was an honor that I got to be able to do a guest DJ on E Street Radio….on Sirus FM Radio because I’m a Bruce Springsteen fan.  I don’t know if you’ve heard.  But what happened was I emailed Baba Booey in New York, a friend of ours, and the producer of the Howard Stern show…I told him what a great job…I heard him on E Street Radio.  I’d just got Sirus…it was in my car.  I turned on E Street and he was doing a guest DJ on E Street.  My girlfriend, Jody’s here…Hey Jody…say hi to the Paul Leslie show.


(Laughs)  Hello

I told him that he did such a great job as a guest DJ.  I said it would be a dream come true for me and blah, blah, blah, and then he like hooked me up with Sirus FM and long story short, I got to do an E Street Radio guest DJ and Adam’s partner at the time, Donny White  over at ACE Broadcasting said, you know, we should…well, what happened was they wanted…they were building the network and they wanted to get more female listeners so they thought, “We should have some kind of a female show on the network and so Donny’s wife, Kathy, said, “Well let’s do like a ‘mommy/parenting’ type show,” and thought that I would be good with Teresa Strasser who was working with Adam at the time and who had just had a baby.  So that’s how that came about.  I’m not a speaker, talker, comedian or whatever.  I mean, I just, it just kind of fell into my lap and then we started doing it and it was fun and I, we’re continuing doing it now and it’s now ‘For Crying Out Loud,’ is the name of the show with Stephanie Wilder Taylor who is a best- selling author…who wrote ‘Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay’ and ‘Naptime’s the New Happy Hour’ and all that.  She’s y co-host and it’s more than a “mommy” show now.  There’s more women issues and stuff like that and we cover all kinds of…we just talk about whatever’s interesting to us really.  We just continue doing it and it’s kind of growing and it’s fun but more so, behind the scenes, I help Adam.  I’m a…I’m like his glorified executive assistant I guess.  I basically do whatever needs to be done which is a ton.  I get like twenty emails a day about stuff, kind of helping back and forth as much as I can in all the different areas of Adam’s podcast.  Everything, not just his podcast but his personal stuff, his travel, every…his book…oh, everything that’s Adam, I help.  I mean, he’s got an assistant, Matt Fondiler and he’s got ‘Wish You Were Gay Jay’ who works down on his cars in the garage, but I’m with Adam all the time and things come up all the time and I help out where I can.

He’s a very, very busy guy and a very, very hard worker.  When you first met Adam Carolla, what was your first impression?

Well even he will tell you, he’s the laziest, hard-working guy he knows.  When I first met him, I was attracted to him.  I mean, he was my type.  That was my first impression, to be honest.  At the time at 25, I was working in the entertainment industry.  I was working at a syndication sales company, ‘New World Entertainment,’ andwas ran by Brandon Tartikoff.  I was 25 years old and I was kind of dating douchie kind of guys that are in the industry and then I met Adam and I told Adam that I saw the pilot that he did for ‘Love Line’ and I said it was really funny and it was really good and our company produced the pilot and I met him and I told him what a great job he did and I said, “Do you have…you saw the show, right?  You saw the pilot?”  And he said, “No…no I didn’t.”  And I said, “Really? Do you have a copy of the pilot?”  He said, “No.”  And I just thought it was very odd that this guy is a young, kind of unknown comedian who doesn’t….who doesn’t have a copy of their pilot that they did for Fox television stations, and I loved that.  I was like, “Wow!  This is a normal kind of guy.”  So, he was very sweet and he courted me.  I’ve told the story many times.  Anyways, that was my first impression of Adam, the very “non-showbizy” kind of guy and that’s what I like about him.

We always vow when we’re younger to never do this.


But a lot of times, we become our parents.


My mother always says, “If you’re mad you got to make it glad,” in a very certain tone and I find myself saying that to my nephews and my niece. Now that you’re a mother, do you ever catch yourself doing something and then stopping and saying.


“I’m my mother” (Laughs)

Yeah, all the time.  Yeah.  Yeah well my mom was an immigrant from Italy and she…I grew up in the San Fernando Valley.  I was born in Cleveland but I grew up…my family came here when I was seven.  They tried to put me in show biz and I hated it…acting and all that kind of stuff…and my mom was kind of a weird…a pushy stage mom who didn’t speak English and she also taught self defense.  She’s a third degree black belt in five martial arts and had a self defense academy and all that kind of stuff I was forced to do too so I had like a show biz kind of mom that was pushy but she spoke broken English and I was raised kind of different I guess.  My parents were older.  They were both Italian.  They were both very conservative.  They wouldn’t let me do anything.  They wouldn’t let me spend the night at a friend’s house.  So, I tell myself I’m not going to be like that but now I do get very protective over my kids.  They’re not spending the night over anybody’s house that I didn’t…you know…I’m kind of strict.  They were strict and I see myself doing that but it is what it is and in this world, I think it’s not bad to be strict.  So…

What do you think the biggest challenge facing parents is?

Well, I know that in living in LA is tough as a parent because you’ve always had the philosophy…you’ve had the hippie mom, the helicopter mom…and all that kind of stuff they talk about is true.  I mean, I run across these people all the time.  My best friend is a different kind of mom than I am and I don’t know what the challenges…there’s always a challenge…there’s nothing but one big challenge really raising kids so there’s always going to be a challenge.  I mean, for me, the biggest challenge is having twins, a boy and a girl, making sure they’re getting both their feelings…I don’t know…their attention, the love from both of us.  It’s very weird.  You start to see that one feels jealous more than the other…you hug one or you praise one more than the other, the other one’s like, “I did that too,” you know, and it’s kind of like a little competition going on.  That’s my kind of challenge and also raising kids out here in LA not having them be self-centered and expecting things and kind of being, growing up, I guess, entitled and stuff like that.  Luckily, knock on wood, my kids are not like that yet but I hope they don’t become that way and it’s hard and it’s very, very hard.  You have to really keep a tight leash and you kind of have to rule with an iron fist I guess, and that’s what I do.  So far, so good.

One of the things about having a show is that you get to invite interesting people to join in on the conversation.  You’ve had David Alan Grier on your show.  You’ve had some really interesting people.  Who have you been most excited to welcome?

Well, I hate to say it ‘cause you just said it, but David Alan Grier, I was a nervous wreck.  I have to say.  I’m a huge DAG fan and whenever he’s on Adam’s show, he gets me going and I keep repeating and saying things that he said on the podcast to crack Adam up.  He’s like the one guy in this world that really makes Adam laugh hard with tears, and that’s very rare and so I listen to the podcast when he’s on Adam’s show and it’s just so funny to listen to it and so I’ll repeat stuff that he says at home to Adam and I just got on it and was like, “You know what?  Can we get him…you know, he’s got a little girl, “I said, “Can we get him on our show?”  He was like, “Sure.  No problem.”  He came on the show and I was…the whole morning, I was a nervous wreck because, I mean, how is this guy not a bigger star?  He should be hosting the Oscars in my opinion.  He’s frigging talented.  I mean, he sings opera, for pete’s sake.  He’s on Broadway.  The guy’s improvisational skills are just awesome…awesome, off the chart.   So he’s a talented guy.  Very talented.  And was very honored to have him on the show.  Other people?  Kevin Nealon is amazing…he’s such a funny guy.  Him and his wife, they’ve been on.  His wife is a darling, darling girl.  Mollie Ringwald…she was on.  That was fun, talking to her.  She kind of got teary-eyed.  We made her cry.  That was early in the episode.  So, yeah, I mean, and just people you really haven’t heard of: authors of books and bloggers…stuff like that.  Like we had the dad, a blogger, ‘Shake Hard (???)’, I’d never heard of them but they get like a million hits on YouTube a day, and he came with his lovely wife and they were a lot of fun and his whole family came.  So just, I mean everybody, it’s just interesting the people that come through there.  And sometimes we don’t have guests.  Stephanie andI just sit and we talk about our week, what we’re dealing with, what’s going on at home, what’s going on in our marriage, what’s going on with our kids.  We’ll talk about our first concert, our first kids…all that kind of stuff.  It’s fun.  I mean, I don’t know if anybody’s listening but it’s a good time, I guess.  (Laughs)

There’s so many different options there with the ACE Broadcasting.  I’m enamored with it.  It’s really, really interesting to have Jim’s philosophical show and your show and then Adam’s show’s always really compelling.  What do you see in the future for the ACE Broadcasting family of podcasts?

That’s a question for ‘Booker’ Mike August.  Mike August has been very involved with Adam’s network.  He’s a character Adam talks about from time to time but he is a brilliant guy.  He understands the business like nobody else; he and Adam basically and he’s been doing a lot of work behind the scenes.  Uh, the future?  I think that Adam is doing something incredible, which is, he’s basically in uncharted waters.  Nobody’s done it.  Nobody’s really put their finger on podcasting.  Now maybe they can but when Adam started they couldn’t and it was very hard, Like, how do you monetize this?  How does this work?  How do people access it?  How does the content….everything, and we’ve managed to make the machine go and I guess the future, I’m hoping, is podcasting is going to get easier and easier meaning that, when people say, “How did I miss you on the morning radio,” you can say, “Well, I got a podcast now.”  And people say, “I don’t know how to do that.”  Well, hoping that, as the future goes, it’s going to be easier and easier where people can easily get a podcast in their car as they’re driving to work and listen to Adam everyday and stream it into their car.  Stream it at work.  Stream it in their homes.  That’s what we’re hoping and you know what?  From what I hear, it’s pretty close to that.  It’s getting close and Adam was at LA Auto Show last week and Hundai’s doing stuff where they….something with the stuff…I don’t know…the technology that they’re getting in their cars.  We’re looking towards the future and Adam’s sort of like the pioneer I guess and it’s flattering.  I mean, I love… I’m a big fan.  I listen to his show every day.  I love Ball Bryan and Allison and I download it and when I download it and to see it up on ITunes, number one through five, number one, number four, every day, it’s just so satisfying to see that Adam is working hard but it’s paying off.  People are really responding.  I know that sounds cheesy, but it really is.  It’s all about the fans and the listener base.  They tell their friend and they and, you know, you can grow that listener base then you’ve really got something and obviously, Adam has done that.  He’s got the best fans and the most loyal fans on earth, I think, and he’s very grateful and I’m grateful and it feels like we’re kind of all in this together.  This is hopefully something that’s going to catch on bigger and better in the future I guess.

Well one of the great things about podcasting and the various options now for broadcasting is you’re not limited to just the LA area or the New York City area.


This question came from Georgianna Tiller and she wrote in to ask two questions of you.  One:  what do you most like to do as a family?  And two: as a parent, what do you most want your children to learn from you?

Wow!  Okay…as a family, we do a lot of laying around, watching TV together and relaxing but when Adam has time off, we hang out with the kids.  We play with the kids.  It’s all about them and one thing we like to do is we hike.  We go on hikes.  The kids are waiting for me right now to go on a hike but we take the blind dog and we go out.  We go for walks up in the Hollywood Hills.  We’ll go to the movies.  We’ll take the kids to the movies.  We love to go on a Saturday night.  We’ll take the kids out to dinner to an Italian restaurant.  We do that kind of stuff together.  What was the second question?

She says:  what do you most want your children learn from you?

Well, I want them to be good people but that’s it.  I want them to be…Adam wants them to be smart.  I want them to be good (laughs).  I just want them to be good people and to be thoughtful and add something to society.  I’d like for them, you know, to learn to follow through.  If you’re going to start something you gotta finish it whether you like it or not.  Adam’s got the football coach philosophy going with them which is a good thing.  It keeps them disciplined.  I want them to have discipline.  I think that’s important.  They both have a really good sense of humor, which is very important in our house.  Just be good people and to be Springsteen fans would be nice too.

Oh of course (Laughs).  What is the best thing about being Lynette Carolla?

The best thing about being Lynette Car…well I have to say…Jody’s laughing…well, that’s a loaded question too.  The best (laughs), uh, the best thing about…alright…the best thing about being Lynette Carolla would be to be able to get good seats to concerts (laughs).  I mean, really…I got to meet Bruce Springsteen last week alright.  That’s sort of a big plus, I would say.  Wouldn’t you say?  I mean, I would.


I mean, I’ve admired the guy since I was eleven years old and I got to tell him what a big fan I was and sit down and have a conversation with him, which was unbelievable and just tell him what a true fan I was so there’s that but you know, also Adam is a great guy.  Being married to Adam, you know, it ain’t easy…it’s not easy being married to Adam.  I’ll be honest.  He thinks…uh…I don’t know…he expects the best out of people so I think that a plus about being married to Adam, which I think is probably what the question really was, I think that the big plus is that Adam expects…it’s gonna sound bad…he’s not high maintenance at all but he expects…he expects better from people.  He expects them to be at their best, I guess.  That’s tough and it sounds…I know it’s coming out wrong, but he’s very big with discipline and stuff like that and I think that when I wasa bachelorette it was different.  Now that I’m married to Adam and I have kids, he keeps order and stuff like that.  Again, it’s probably sounding wrong.  He’s not a hard ass or anything or whatever, but he expects very much from people and it’s good for me and it’s good for the kids, you know, and I think it’s a good thing.  The other thing is, now I look at the world a different way and I know now it’s rubbing off on my friends.  They’re stuck in traffic and they call me like, “Really?  What…” and then they start going off on traffic or they start complaining about things because they listen to Adam…when you live with that, you start to see the world the same way and you can’t help but be a mini Adam and my friends are like, “You sound Adam.”  I’m like, “Well, Yeah…I can’t…I live with the guy.  I mean, I can’t help it.  I know what can’t Adam complain about but it’s true.”  There’s a lot of stuff you can complain about and now it’s like exemplified living with him.  So, again, it’s a good thing a little bit but it keeps things moving fast I guess (laughs).

This last question is totally open-ended.


Answer any way you like…what would you like to say to all our listeners?  Adam told me, he said:  “Have a dance party with your kids.”


So what would you answer be?

What I want to say….I want to thank everybody that supports Adam’s show and anything that’s gone out of the network.  And the future for Adam and his network, I think it’s changing a little bit.  Things are going to be a little different in the New Year, in January.  We’ve made some changes behind the scenes, obviously with the new website.  We’ve got the app and stuff like that and I have the new show, ‘For Crying Out Loud.’  For the fans who are listening and support us and Tweet us…people whogo on Amazon through Adam’s website…is if, Adam, if he could, he would give a reach-around to every person that went on Amazon through his website.  I mean, he’s just thrilled!  It just…it shows him that people really do listen to what he is saying and is respectful to what asks and they want to give him a little bit a payback so it’s free…he goes in every night.  He does a daily show every day.  Nobody’s corporation’s paying him.  It’s all being advertising and stuff like that and every little bit helps and it’s sort of a grass roots thing that wouldn’t work if we didn’t have such a strong listener base and that is something that trickles down to me that I’m grateful for, he’s grateful  for and it’s just he’s delighted.  His favorite thing to do is sit on Twitter and he personally answers people on Twitter as much as he can and especially the ones that support his show like, “I did use your tricks,’ or “I did use your sponsor,’ and that Amazon thing is insane!  I mean, people going on there and using it, bookmarking it and using it.  It’s so overwhelmingly…it’s overwhelming.  I’d just like to say…I’d like to thank everybody…everybody for their support.  I mean, everybody supporting my show, supporting Adam’s show and supporting Adam and everything he does and the New Year…January’s going to bring a lot of exciting things.  Things are coming out soon that people don’t know about and it’s going to be an exciting year and I think…I think people are going to be pleased and I want to thank everybody.

Well, Ms. Carolla, thank you very, very much.

Thank you.  Thank you.

Before we go, which Bruce Springsteen song do you want to play at the end of this interview?

Oh….(laughs)…well, you know what?  I’ll do ‘The Ties that Bind.’  It’s a good, “poppy” kick-off.  It’s the very first song on ‘The River.’  It kicks off Bruce’s double album called ‘The River.’  It came out in 1980 and it’s the very first song on that album and it’s called ‘The Ties that Bind’ and it’s one of my favorites and the lyrics I identify with.  (Laughs)

Alright.  Spoken like a true fan (laughs).

Thank you so much Paul!  I really appreciate it.  I appreciate it.  Thank you!