After challenging Ricky Gervais, who he jokingly called a communist, Adam Carolla and his podcast, broke the Guinness World Record for most downloads of a podcast, shattering the number Gervais once owned as the most. Carolla got to astonishing 59,574,843 downloads from 2009 to 2011 without even being mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s Top Ten Comedy Podcasts of the Moment List.
Not only is this an amazing accomplishment for Carolla who has been rebuilding his talk radio empire ever since his daytime talk radio show on 97.1 FREE FM was taken off the air, but it’s a milestone for comedy podcasts everywhere. With the convenience of being able to listen to them whenever you want, pause, replay, etc., people are catching on.
In an interview with Huffington Post, the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick claimed that the days of the comedy album are coming to an end because of the rise of the podcast. Perhaps, Carolla’s new Guinness World record is further proof of that.
Here’s a clip of Adam Carolla on Jimmy Kimmel Live making the announcement that he broke the Guinness Record for Podcast Downloads.