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'Loveline' hosts dispense advice live from Frost

By Anitha Reddy
Contributing writer
Monday, May 10, 1999
last updated April 6, 2001 12:00 PM

Frost Amphitheatre was nearly filled Saturday night with students listening to the love, sex and relationship advice of Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla, the hosts of MTV's "Loveline" and a long-running California radio show of the same name.

The event was broadcast live on local radio station Live 105, which sponsored the show in conjunction with the Stanford Concert Network.

The nationally syndicated radio show, of which MTV now runs a late-night spinoff version, is usually broadcast from its home station in Los Angeles.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing internist and director of the chemical dependency unit at Las Encinas Hospital. Corolla, a professional comedian, frequently injects a dose of humor into Dr. Drew's serious medical advice.

Dr. Drew and Corolla, who are jointly a sort of Dr. Joyce Brothers for the college crowd, fielded questions from Stanford students for an hour and a half. Their answers were liberally interspersed with Corolla's graphic anecdotes and Dr. Drew's dry comments.

The tone of the evening was set by the first question, posed by a set of blonde triplets. A close childhood friend had confessed his desire to sleep with all three simultaneously, and a certain awkwardness now characterized the relationship.

"You can't blame the guy," Corolla mused, while Dr. Drew said the friend should have displayed more respect for the three women.

Questions like these, while they drew laughter, were not nearly as crowd-pleasing as Corolla's frequent digressions on products or services he felt would be both utilitarian and popular. These included the training of venereal-disease-sniffing dogs, Hallmark cards to gently inform a girlfriend of her body odor and a gay-aptitude test.

"Adam Corolla was pretty offensive," said junior Cameron Fortner. "But I guess you could expect that."

Corolla's first comment of the evening, "I though all smart chicks were ugly," resulted in turned heads and raised eyebrows among some audience members.

Inquiries that revealed a basic lack of familiarity with human sexual function were often greeted with quick one-liners from Corolla. "Are you pre-med?" he asked one student. After another question, Corolla directed his response to the audience at large: "Is there a junior college on campus?"

Some students, while obviously expecting audience members to ask questions not drawn from personal experience, were disappointed with the level of creativity displayed in constructing them.

"It was annoying that people made up these bullshit questions instead of ones that were relevant or realistic," freshman Helene Mik said.

Even while answering seemingly spurious questions, Dr. Drew emphasized one point all evening. He spoke of the phenomenon in which "women subjugate their own needs to keep a man" as a widespread problem that needed to be addressed.

He also said that women's psychology, especially regarding relationships, is much different from men's and often based his answers to questions on this premise. Consequently, women's physical and emotional needs are often overlooked in relationships, Dr. Drew suggested.