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As a child, Adrian waved good-bye to his Mom from the school bus on his first day of kindergarten, went fishing with his Dad on the weekends and spent summers at the Jersey Shore. He collected Legos, joined the Boy Scouts and knocked his front tooth out chasing a fly ball. He was baptised in his parent’s church and became an older brother twice. He touched the Liberty Bell, made the front of the local newspaper planting a tree on Arbor Day and underwent surgery on his arm after being shot with a pellet rifle.

As a teenager, he worked on a farm, learned how to drive a tractor and rode endless miles on his BMX. He ran cross-country and had his first fistfight. He learned a second language and hosted a morning TV show. He took his drivers test in a station wagon, became the editor of his high school yearbook, kissed his first girlfriend while wearing braces and went to the prom.

Shortly after, he left for college, pledged a fraternity and went to 22 Phish shows. He had his nose broken twice, was mugged on spring break, got his tongue pierced and then bungee jumped head first into the Gulf of Mexico.

At age 21, things spiraled in a different direction. He gave the eulogy at his best friends funeral and crawled out of a burning apartment that took everything he owned.

He left Pennsylvania after totaling his truck, the only possession he had left. He spent four days on a one-way train from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and slept on a friend’s floor for two years. He watched every sunset for a year in Redondo Beach and learned how to surf in the Pacific Ocean. He bought a cherry red 1969 Volkswagen and moved into a warehouse on the grounds of a Pabst brewery turned artist community.
He’s stood on the Hoover Dam, kayaked through island caves and piloted a speedboat on Lake Mead. He’s climbed a 10,000+ foot peak and walked miles in waist-deep snow on top of the Smoky Mountains. He’s slept at the base of Sequoia trees and wore his first tuxedo to the American Comedy Awards. He’s shaken hands with Buzz Aldrin and smoked a cigar with Dave Matthews.

For seven years, he worked as an executive for Adam Sandler, helping to launch a successful television department. He went to his wedding and watched him become a father. He became one of the youngest advisory board members of the U.S. Comedy & Arts Festival in Aspen, was appointed as a judge at Montreal’s ‘Just For Laughs’ Festival, as well as numerous national comedy competitions. He became a fixture at the Improv, Laugh Factory and Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

While working at Happy Madison, he simultaneously held the position of comic booker at the ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS. He brought close to fifty comics onto the show and gave half of them their first national TV spot doing stand-up.

He got engaged after meeting his wife, Jen, while she worked at Comedy Central and proposed to her on a Scrabble board. In 2008, they were married on the 30th floor of the State Room in Boston, overlooking the historic North End.

Soon after that, he left Happy Madison and CBS to become the VP of Development for Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions where he sold several shows to E! and helped develop ‘The Comedians of Chelsea Lately’ national comedy tour.

But then, once again, his whole world changed in an instant.

After coming home from a hefty night of partying at the Melrose Improv, Jen sobered him up by informing him that he was going to be a father. In October of 2009, they welcomed a beautiful little girl, Ava, to the world.

When Ava was ten weeks old, he unexpectedly left the entertainment and comedy world to became a full-time stay-at-home dad. As a creative outlet, he began writing about his adventures on his popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’.

The stories garnered the attention of the William Morris Endeavor Agency, where he’s represented across the board, in LA, NY & DC. He sold his first book to NAL/Penguin Publishing and has a TV/Film deal with Sony Pictures and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison, currently developing the premise into a sitcom. He’s also working on a comedic parenting lecture from a dad’s non-expert point-of-view, based on his experiences thus far.

In July of 2011, the Kulps added another clown to the circus, welcoming their first son, Charlie, to the big tent.

His wife, now a SVP in reality TV, recently accepted a job in Silver Spring, Maryland. After 14 years in LA, they picked up and moved to the east coast, where Adrian remains the primary caretaker in a new environment, with no real friends (only imaginary), local family support system or knowledge of the area.

The day they moved into their new house, they endured the loss of their 1-year old niece, killed by a careless driver. The impact it’s had on their family has been cataclysmic, but strength in numbers has helped ease the recovery.

Adrian’s recently done the preschool tour, is still learning how to do laundry properly and adjusting to Charlie walking. Ava will be 3 in October and Charlie just turned 1. They reign terror on a daily basis, as he tries to find things for them to do, teach them how to share and integrate himself into the secret society of mommies.

He is DAD OR ALIVE.

Entries by Adrian Kulp

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:12 PM

As parents, we've all had to play the 'Why' game. For those of us who have ever had toddlers, we understand what it's like to be the target of a rapid-fire Q&A. You know, something like this...

KID: "Why is there grass in our front yard?"

PARENT: "Because someone planted...

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Dads, Be Good to Your Daughters

(20) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:28 PM

A few nights ago around 10 p.m., like clockwork, my wife's mouth went agape as she fell asleep while sitting on the sofa.

Her head was swaying back and forth as if she had nodded off on a long, chartered bus trip and not a stationary couch. Instead of...

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Terrible Twos: Easy Like Sunday Morning

(159) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 6:29 PM

A few days ago, a buddy of mine asked me for advice on becoming a new parent. I told him that I was no expert and I only do what works for me. But I didn't want to leave him hanging, so I gave him a few of my "bread...

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I Can't Stop Cursing Around My Kids

(12) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:16 PM

As far as I can remember, I didn't grow up with a foul mouth. As kids, my parents didn't really shield me or my brothers from bad words, but they certainly didn't duct tape us to chairs in the basement and make us watch George Carlin videos either. I guess...

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14 Things NOT to Get Your Husband for Valentine's Day

(18) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:54 PM

Valentine's Day is tough... not just because we're internalizing our anger over why this holiday was reinvented to benefit the greeting card companies (I make my own), but rather why society makes us feel like we need step up to the plate with a "gift from the heart."

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(Co)Sleeping With the Enemy

(794) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 9:46 AM

For those of you who don't know me or haven't been following my blog over the last two and a half years, I'm a full-time stay-at-home dad to two toddlers. My daughter Ava turned 3 in October and Charlie is 18 months old. When Ava was born, my...

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Paging Doctor Mommy

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Getting through the holidays without having to administer some form of antibiotics is tough, especially for our family. When it's all said and done, we travel up and down the eastern seaboard, staying in Philly, DC and Atlanta for almost three weeks. I could follow my kids around 24 hours-a-day...

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This Is Christmas?

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:00 PM

So. Here we are in the first week of December. I'm sorry, but WASN'T IT JUST JUNE?

As I've probably mentioned, last year, I sold a book to Penguin based on my 'Dad or Alive' blog. I had a year to write it, but just like cleaning the garage and...

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HOLD STILL! It's Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:28 PM

I used to take the best baby pictures. I thought I had missed my calling as a professional photographer. It was as easy as putting a bow in Ava's hair or a rattle in Charlie's hand and propping them up against a blanket. They were like modeling clay... I could...

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Shoes Rule: Trying to Keep Your Kid Awake in the Car

(18) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 11:51 AM

When I was in college, we had the 'Shoes Rule,' which was simple.

If you got hammered and passed out with your shoes on, you opened yourself up for a permanent marker beard or being duct-taped to the chair. If you had the frame of mind to untie those Hush...

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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Preschool Will Never Hurt Me

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 4:25 PM

My memories of early education are grisly at best. To this day, I've got two lasting and visible reminders of how rough it can be.

My left eye will always and forever have a floater inside of it. Floaters interrupt your field of vision because of the shadows they cast...

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10 Reasons I'm Jealous Of The Birthday Boy

(38) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Charlie turns 1-year-old today. I can't help but feel a little jealous of his lifestyle. It seemed like a list was in order.

Top 10 Reasons I'm jealous of my son on his 1st birthday:

1. When he plays with his balls in public, it's funny.

2. When people see...

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