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Celeb: Comedian and author Adam Carolla, who made his name hosting “Loveline” and “The Man Show” and now owns his own podcasting company, which produces “The Adam Carolla Show.”
Cause: Patent reform. Carolla, known more for his comedic rants than his fluency in legalese, has a personal interest in the subject. He was sued by a company he says is a patent troll that claims it owns the technology he uses for his show, and expects to spend as much as $1.5 million on a legal defense.
Scene: A briefing in the Senate Russell Office Building hosted by The Internet Association, where young be-suited types (though, alas, no lawmakers) juggled briefing books and Blackberrys. Carolla kept the dense topic entertaining with patter, likening suggestions that he settle the lawsuit to a mafia shakedown on a small dry cleaner: “It’s like, ‘Sure would be a shame if something bad happened to that nice plate-glass window…” And on his legal bills: “I wanted to get a Lamborghini … and now this!”
Soundbite: “I’m just a small business … I understand wanting to protect your innovation, but this is run amok.”
We caught up with Carolla after the briefing to chat with him about his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head,” in which he imagines what he’d do as POTUS. Check out the video at the top of the page.
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