Published on July 27th, 2013 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Andy Kindler’s 2013 State of the Industry Address

One word for Adam Carolla: ouch.

But more on that later.

After a delightfully insider-y introduction by John Mulaney (the best: a reference to the Sleuth reference), Andy Kindler delivered his annual State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs on Friday.

He insincerely “apologized” for last year’s speech, which earned him some backlash for going after an industry darling. “I was effusively praising Louis C.K., but it didn’t come across like that,” he said.

He playfully ribbed Colin Quinn – in attendance – for his Keynote Address on the same stage, and reached back to last year’s Keynote speaker to get the skewering rolling.

Patton Oswalt, he said, did an impressive job of the speech, managing to comment on the industry while also managing to “sandwich in all his credits.”

“I have my issues with Patton. He’s very modest,” Kindler added later. He did praise Oswalt’s “perfect” Asiana Airlines joke that got slammed by Salon.com. (“You’d have to run sideways to not get that joke.”)

Among his targets:

-Vine videos (“Hey Vine, I’m sorry, your 6 seconds are up.”)
-James Franco on the cover of GQ’s comedy issue
-Louis CK’s fashion sense (“American Gervais”)
-Here Comes the Boom (the sequel will be “Here Comes the Comedy Boom”)
-Ricky Gervais believing he can do standup (“if there wasn’t licensing, he’d be in a hospital right now doing brain surgery”)
-Drunk History (“Let’s get Comedy Central executives drunk and they can explain how they pick their shows”)
-Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars (“never done standup before, how could that go wrong?”)
-Grown-Ups 2 (“Will those guys ever grow up comedically?”)
-Jimmy Fallon (“has a great bit called Slow Dancing the Comedy”)
-Billy Crystal
-Mike Berkowitz and APA
-Penn Jillette
-Jack Reacher
-Jeff Foxworthy
-Celebrity Game Night
-And of course, Jay Leno

But in what will go down in SOTI history, Kindler went after Carolla in one of the most deliciously harsh diatribes he’s ever delivered at the Festival.

Kindler graciously allowed Third Beat to capture a page of his notes.

Here’s the Carolla chunk, in black and white (click to enlarge):

Kindler's commentary on Adam Carolla from his 2013 State of the Industry Address. Click to enlarge.

“I didn’t realize he was a bigot with a capital Nazi.”

“Adam Carolla is like Hitler, if Hitler wasn’t funny.”

And so forth. Most of the venom was reserved for Carolla’s attempt to fund his movie, Road Hard. The film is to be about a fledgling road comic, despite Carolla himself having no experience in that area.

“We all love Steve Hofstetter, right?” prompted one of the biggest laughs of his speech. He shared Hofstetter’s email to industry the day before, asking for comics to essentially pay for a chance to be in Carolla’s movie. The email reads in part:

At the time I write this, Adam has raised $779,000 of the one million dollars the film needs to happen. By providing amazing prize packages like set visits, in home standup performances, premiere parties, and more, Adam is helping change the face of Hollywood. There’s an incredibly unique prize package up for grabs, which is to send a tape to Adam. He will personally review and pick three comedians to not just be in the movie, but to have their standup featured in it as well. Currently, only 55 comedians have submitted so you have pretty good odds. That is one hell of an opportunity. Whether or not you get chosen, you get reviewed, you get some amazing movie SWAG, and your name will be in the credits.

When all had been said, Kindler admitted “if [Carolla] comes after me, I’m going to roll into a ball and cry.”

But based on the reaction in the room (most vocally from Todd Glass), there would be no shortage of people who’d have his back.

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is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

9 Responses to Andy Kindler’s 2013 State of the Industry Address

  1. I kind of think Andy is a dick so the fact hes laying into Corolla is funny to me. I’ve seen Andy live at a few live events he always struck me as a cunt but with a heart of gold. I see it here in some good ribs but still a cunt. I love comedy. Just for laughs is a joke though.

  2. Someone Who Cares says:

    Andy is just upset that the main character in Carolla’s movie is a reflection of his career. He used to be hot shit, now he’s working 40 weekends a year at the chuckle hole.

  3. John Smith says:

    That was, ironically, about as hackey as it gets. The author seems to be cheering the politics rather than the quality of wit.

  4. Kevin says:

    Dear Discriminating Comedy Critic: “Road Hard” is about a veteran comic. “Fledgling” means the opposite.

  5. Coatsieboy says:

    Wow. I hope his delivery is better than how this reads. This is awful material. All of the people he goes after are wildly successful household names and he’s a virtual unknown outside of this “industry” he has self-appointed himself the Pope of in his church of bitching. Todd Glass is pretty hacky himself and I see he was spared the guillotine. But of course Glass is gay and made a huge fuss (and a total dick) of himself on Carolla’s podcast a few months ago in an affected borderline paranoid PC rant when the host used the pejorative term ‘retard’. This is just an opportunity for Kindler to raise his exceedingly average profile and to ingratiate himself with a certain demographic, but I’m confident was music to the ears of an audience who have never even listened to Carolla but have already made their minds up about him

  6. Dale says:

    “The film is to be about a fledgling road comic, despite Carolla himself having no experience in that area.”

    Scorsese wasn’t actually IN the mob, you know… but he still managed to write movies about it. Am I comparing Carolla to Scorsese? Duh, of course not. But it is preposterous to make a claim that he has “no experience” (which is untrue anyway) and that is why he shouldn’t be writing a movie about it. I’m sure if it is anything like his first movie, “The Hammer”, it will be sweet and funny and simply a great indie movie!

    As far as Kindler, Hitler jokes are just about hackneyed (with a capital Ironic) as it gets. I’m just glad to be getting some industry insight from Andy “I had to google your name to figure out who you were and even then couldn’t name one thing you’ve been in” Kindler.

  7. Sarah says:

    It’s currently “cool” to hate on Carolla. All of these hipster, alt blow hards are jumping on the train because they all need to jerk each other off to feel good about themselves. Carolla doesn’t need to be at JFL because he doesn’t need to conform with the “industry standards” because he’s not an insecure, needy hack like Kindler. Also, Kindler, none of that was even remotely original or funny.

  8. James says:

    I’m curious, its pointed out that Road Hard is “to be about a fledgling road comic, despite Carolla himself having no experience in that area.” Does that mean that someone can only make a movie about something they have experience in? The director of “The Human Centipede” must have really stiched people together.

    Adam Carolla has created the most popular Podcast, and has been able to turn his back on the “Hollywood machine”

  9. Shifty Rose says:

    To debate whether Carolla is or is not a true stand-up comedian is missing the point, to me. As far as I’m aware, Quentin Tarantino has never been a gangster, and Aaron Sorkin has never been the president of the United States. People are allowed to write movies/shows about whatever the hell they want; judge the projects on their merits not on their author’s biography.

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