• Jan 27, 2009

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Some of you were surprised that when the producers of Top Gear started shooting a version of the popular British car series for NBC, they chose Adam Corolla as lead host instead of a myriad number of other qualified automotive journalists from among the Autoblog staff. But that's just because those few hadn't seen The Man Show.

For four years Corolla hosted The Man Show on Comedy Central together with Jimmy Kimmel, now the host of his own network late-night talk show on ABC. To give you an idea of what kind of antics Corolla might be up to on the American version of Top Gear, turn up the volume and check out the video after the jump where Corolla spends the day as a candid-camera gas station attendant. After NBC canceled its deal to distribute Top Gear USA, this might be the most Corolla car antics we get for a while until another a cable network picks it up.

[Source: YouTube via Autoblog.nl]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      While I havent seen Top Gear Australia, I cant imagine other versions being nearly as good as the original. NBC doesnt have the pockets to fund this kind of venture anyways. But add in some Juggies and "Girls jumping on trampolines" and I could care less is he's not as whitty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        couldN'T care less. could care less is a fairly meaningless statement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Top Gear america will get picked up quick once the Digital switch has happened. then we wont be forced to pay one companies redic. price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Adam Corolla doesn't have the universal appeal that has made Top Gear so famous. His humor doesn't appeal to everyone, many people have found his antics to be childish and immature.

      While at times he can be funny, for myself and a number of people I know here on the east coast, we don't enjoy him and don't find him entertaining. On the other hand, Top Gear has somehow managed something rather special and entertaining that crosses just about every demographic. I just don't see another group pulling off what Jeremy Clarkson and the rest have managed to do.

      A good example of what I would expect from Top Gear USA would be exactly what happened with Top Gear australia, mildly funny, decently entertaining but lacking the that extra spark to make it a great show.

      Me, I'd be happiest if we could just get Top Gear broadcast on NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and stop trying to recreate a bad american version of a great show.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your description of Carolla fits Clarkson very well also. It's a shame that the entire east coast has united against him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was never a terribly big fan of the Man Show, but Carolla always struck me as a nice guy. I always liked him better than Jimmy Kimmel.

      Good luck to him of Top Gear, I think he stands a chance of helping the show fly in the States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think adam is awesome

      this coming from a car enthusiast AND someone who likes being entertained

      go figure
      • 5 Years Ago
      CArolla's been great as Howard Stern's replacement here in Southern California, and CArolla's been consistently funny, from his early KROQ stints, to LoveLine, to Men Show (which is sorely missed), to his current morning show. All along, CArolla's been a car guy - he owns a modified 71 or 72 Datsun 510, a souped up jag, and a couple other cars. One car he doesn't have - and isn't his name - is the COrolla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, but Adam CARolla owns many cars.

        'There ya go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was watching one of those major auctions on tv and the announcer-lady (whatever they are called, my mind has blanked it at the moment) found Adam Corolla and asked him if he would be bidding on the "gorgeous shelby" coming up next. Without missing a beat Corolla started asking her "What kind of Shelby, Cobra, Mustang? Big block, small block? Automatic, manual?" She got a panicked look in her face, he knew he had her. "You dont know! You dont know!" he says, she starts pushing him away, "Your just a pretty girl with big boobs and a microphone, you dont know!!" It was freaking hilarious. He's a car guy, I hope the show makes it to production, he'll do well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so its going to be the man show with cars. I'll pass
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Adam CAROLLA....

      CAROLLA's shows have always been entertaining... especially Loveline with Dr. Drew and Adam CAROLLA.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure he is much more entertaining than a Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And "The Adam Carolla Project", on TLC, was funny, with all of Adam's screwy friends, like Ray and Ozzie. Ozzie also has a good role in Adam's boxing film, "The Hammer".
        • 5 Years Ago
        he made a funny! that actually was funny!
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