Joe Rogan is host of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He is an opinionated comedian who has been on the beat for twenty years. Joe Rogan is former host of the show, Fear Factor, and is also a color commentator for the UFC.
Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience or JRE, is based on long-from conversations with trending societal influencers, comedians, politicians, celebrities, and other fascinating VIPs. In the most watched episode, #1169, Joe Rogan sits down with Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla. While smoking marijuana, they discuss Musk’s perspective on AI and whether the Earth might actually be flat. According to Podchaser ratings, some of the best episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience are Rogan’s interviews of psychologist Jordan Peterson and former attendee of the Westboro Baptist Church, Megan Phelps-Roper. In episode #911, Joe Rogan interviewed Alex Jones, radio host and controversial conspiracy theorist. The episode resulted in a conflict between Jones, who was banned from Twitter, and Rogan, who invited Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, as his guest on JRE episodes #1236 and #1258. Joe Rogan reunites with Alex Jones in episode #1255 for a five hour conversation in which they make amends, but ultimately derail into one of Jones’s characteristic rants. Downloaded by millions, The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the most popular free podcasts worldwide. The podcast was founded in 2009.
As a teenager struggling with his self esteem, Joe Rogan began practicing karate and Tae Kwon Do. Even as a 19 year old lightweight, Joe Rogan dominated the middle and heavy weight competitors at the US Open Championship Tae Kwon Do tournament and held down the title of MA full-contact state champ for four years. However, Rogan soon retired from fighting after suffering from migraines and other health complications.
With the encouragement of his Tae Kwon Do community, Joe Rogan tested the waters of comedy at open mic nights, strip clubs, and bachelor parties until he was discovered by manager Jeff Sussman. In the next several years, Joe Rogan appeared on MTV, Fox’s Hardball, and NBC’s NewsRadio sitcom. During this time, Rogan realized that stand up was more to his liking than acting. For 13 years, Joe Rogan performed free of charge in LA at The Comedy Store.
Joe Rogan found that he could still be a part of the UFC as a backstage interviewer. He later became a color commentator with Mike Goldberg, and won both MMA Personality of the Year and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Television Announcer multiple times.
Joe Rogan agreed to host NBC’s Fear Factor (2001-2006; 2011-2012) because he figured he could use the experience as fuel for stand up. He released a series of comedy specials including I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (2000), Shiny Happy Jihad (2007), Joe Rogan Live (2007), Talking Monkeys in Space (2009), and later Joe Rogan: Live from the Tabernacle (2012), Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High (2014), and Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016). His most recent special, Joe Rogan: Triggered (2018), is streaming on Netflix.
In addition to his comedy specials, Joe Rogan has appeared in a number of films. In 2011, Rogan played Gale in Zookeeper, starring Kevin James. Joe Rogan performed once more alongside Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom (2012), in which Joe Rogan plays himself as a UFC commentator. He also hosted the series Joe Rogan Questions Everything (2013) on Syfy.