{Photographer Michael Tortorich} This one time...I photographed Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager...

October 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I have photographed many, many cool events in my career. The hands-down coolest for me? The night I photographed An Evening With Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager in Dallas, Texas at the historic Majestic Theatre in the downtown area.

For those who don't know me, I'm a huge Adam Carolla fan. The "bromance" dates back to Adam's days on the nationally-sydicated radio show "Loveline," where he and Dr. Drew made a name for themselves. From there, they moved into television with the MTV version of the popular radio program. Then came the Comedy Central show "The Man Show," which further propelled the careers of Carolla and current late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. These days, Adam has broken into the world of podcasting, maintaining a network of programming.

Anyway, without becoming Adam's biographer, I'm a big fan.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography

I arrived early to the venue with my trusty sidekick, who happens to be my brother Joey. He's also a huge fan, and was excited to assist me with this adventure to the Lone Star State.

By the way, Texans apparently have an undying love affair with Dairy Queen. You can get a sugar fix nearly everywhere you turn in the eastern part of the state. They even have knock-off ice cream stands with names like "Dairy Palace." It was quite ridiculous, but we loved every minute of it. I probably went into a glycemic coma two or three times. And, naturally, if you have a hankering for some barbecue - they've got you covered.

So, yeah, Texas is a cool place. I could totally live there. And downtown Dallas had a lot of character. We asked a Katy Perry wannabe (she had on 80's inspired pink pants) for the nearest coffee shop, and we took in the sights. Busy business people hustled and bustled up and down the streets. It was a weekday, after all.

Folks started showing up at the venue, so we went in and scoped out the place. I walked the entire place to find the best places to shoot.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography The old theatre had these cool red chairs throughout. In staying with the tradition of other stops for Adam and Dennis, they had a pair of chairs, two microphones and a small table with beverages (bottled water for Dennis, bottled brew for Adam) on stage. These shows maintain an intimate setting, no matter the city.


An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography

The guys came out to roaring applause. It was clear that a certain percentage of the crowd were Adam fans, while another group leaned to Dennis' conservative Judeo-Chrisitian beliefs. It all made for a stirring discussion, mixed with lots of laughs.

I started off to the side of stage. I was able to get lots of good shots like the one above, with Adam to the right and Dennis off in the distance to the left.

Adam Carolla I took advantage of being so close by getting good close-up shots, like the one above. In true Italian fashion, Adam flails his hands around a lot when he talks. It must be a genetic thing from the old country. As a fellow 50 percent Italian, I find myself talking with my hands like that. I liked how I was able to get a slightly out-of-focus shot of his hand in the lower third of the frame.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography After a few minutes, I moved up to the top for a new perspective. I liked this shot because of the blurred out fans in silhouette. Plus, I was able to catch Adam making a point, as Dennis listens closely.

Adam Carolla Photographing Adam is almost like shooting an athlete. It makes sense, after all, we are talking about an All-Valley linebacker out of North Hollywood High. He made lots of hand gestures, like the one above, which made for great shots.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography Dennis wasn't quite as animated, but I was able to catch him making a few gestures.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography At first, I wasn't crazy about the above photo. It has lots of dead space with the microphone stands. But there is no denying the great facial expressions, so I decided to include it in the gallery. By the way, the photos were featured on Adam's official site, www.adamcarolla.com. My site was linked to it, and I had a record number of hits, as hundreds of users clicked through.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography The place was packed with fans, so I did attempt to get a few crowd reaction shots. Of course, the lighting was not ideal, but I was able to get some usable shots.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography The evening wrapped up with a question-and-answer session. The guys fielded several questions from the crowd.

An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager - Michael Tortorich Photography Overall, it was a great night. I know I had been thoroughly entertained by the conversation. If Adam and Dennis ever swing by again, I'd be "over the moon" about going to their show.

As always, if you like what you see here, feel free to tell a friend. Heck, tell a co-worker. Tell anyone! Just tell them about me. I do all kinds of photography.

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Based in the swampy confines of south Louisiana, Michael Tortorich Photography specializes in a variety of creative and artistic styles. {Contact: 225-717-0762}

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