Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American comic, podcast host, and combined martial arts shade commentator. He has additionally labored as a tv host and an actor.
Rogan started his profession in comedy in August 1988 within the Boston space. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1994, he signed an unique developmental cope with Disney, and appeared as an actor on a number of tv reveals together with Hardball and NewsRadio.
In 1997, he began working for the Final Preventing Championship (UFC) as an interviewer and shade commentator. Rogan launched his first comedy particular in 2000. From 2001 to 2006, he was the host of Concern Issue. In 2009, Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Expertise, which led him to “fame, wealth and podcast superstardom”.
Joseph James Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey. His grandfather had moved his household there within the 1940s. He’s of three-quarters Italian and one-quarter Irish descent. His father, Joseph, is a former police officer in Newark. Rogan’s mother and father divorced when he was 5, and he has not been involved along with his father since he was seven. Rogan recalled: “All I bear in mind of my dad are these transient, violent flashes of home violence … However I do not wish to complain about my childhood.
Nothing dangerous ever actually occurred to me … I do not hate the man.” From ages 7 to 11, the household lived in San Francisco, California, adopted by a transfer to Gainesville, Florida when he was eleven. They settled outdoors Boston in Newton Higher Falls, Massachusetts, the place Rogan attended Newton South Excessive Faculty, from which he graduated in 1985.
Rogan participated in Little League Baseball however developed an curiosity in martial arts in his early teenagers. He recalled being “scared of being a loser” as a baby, and martial arts, “gave me not simply confidence, but in addition a special perspective of myself and what I used to be able to. I knew that I might do one thing I used to be scared of, and that was actually tough, and that I might excel at it. It was an enormous deal for me”. Martial arts have been, “the very first thing that ever gave me hope that I wasn’t going to be a loser. So I actually, actually gravitated towards it”. At age 14, Rogan took up karate and, a 12 months later, began Taekwondo. When he was 19, he gained the US Open Championship taekwondo event as a light-weight. He was a Massachusetts full-contact state champion for 4 consecutive years and have become a Taekwondo teacher. Rogan additionally practiced novice kickboxing and held a 2–1 file; he retired from competitors at age 21 as he started to endure from frequent complications and feared he would possibly maintain worse accidents.
He attended the College of Massachusetts Boston however discovered it pointless and dropped out early. He lived within the Boston space till he was 24, after which moved to New York Metropolis.
1988–1994: Early stand-up profession
I did not have a route till I turned a slapstick comedian. I used to be fairly nervous about my future. I could not think about myself working a 9-to-5 job.
—Rogan on his profession.
Rogan had no intention of being an expert slapstick comedian, and initially thought of a profession in kickboxing. He was a fan of comedy as a teen and his mother and father took him to see comic Richard Pryor’s movie Stay on the Sundown Strip, which affected him “in such a profound means. Nothing had made me chuckle like that.” Rogan’s mates at his health club and Taekwondo college satisfied him to have a go at stand-up comedy as he would make jokes and do impressions to make them chuckle. At 21, after six months making ready materials and working towards his supply, he carried out his first stand-up routine on August 27, 1988, at an open-mic evening at Stitches comedy membership in Boston.
Whereas he labored on his stand-up, Rogan had a number of jobs to safe himself financially by educating martial arts at Boston College and Revere, Massachusetts, delivering newspapers, driving a limousine, doing building work, and finishing duties for a personal investigator. His blue comedy model earned him gigs at bachelor events and strip golf equipment. One evening, Rogan satisfied the proprietor of a comedy membership in Boston to permit him to strive a brand new, five-minute routine. On the present was expertise supervisor Jeff Sussman, who appreciated Rogan’s act and provided to turn into his supervisor, which Rogan accepted. In 1990, Rogan moved to New York Metropolis as a full-time comic; he was “scratching and grinding” for cash on the time, and stayed along with his grandfather in Newark for the primary six months. Rogan later cited Richard Jeni, Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison and Invoice Hicks as comedy influences.
1994–1999: Hardball and NewsRadio
In 1994, Rogan relocated to Los Angeles the place his first nationwide tv spot adopted on the MTV comedy present Half-Hour Comedy Hour. The looks led to the community providing him a three-year unique contract and a task in a pilot episode of a “dopey recreation present” for $500. Rogan declined, nevertheless it prompted Sussman to ship tapes of Rogan’s performances to a number of networks, which sparked a bidding battle. After a interval of negotiation, Rogan accepted a improvement cope with the Disney community.
He secured his first main appearing function within the 1994 nine-episode Fox sitcom Hardball as Frank Valente, a younger, ego-centric star participant on an expert baseball crew. Rogan referred to as the hiring course of “bizarre”, because the community had no concept if he might act till he was requested by Dean Valentine, then-president of Walt Disney Tv, to whom he replied: “When you can lie, you may act, and in the event you can deceive loopy girlfriends, you may act beneath strain”.
The filming schedule was a brand new expertise for Rogan, who began to work 12-hour days. Rogan later mentioned: “It was an important present on paper till a horrible government producer with an enormous ego was employed by Fox to run the present and he re-wrote it.” Round this time, Rogan started acting at The Comedy Retailer in Hollywood and have become a paid common by proprietor Mitzi Shore. He carried out on the membership for the subsequent 13 years free of charge, and paid for the venue’s new sound system.
From 1995 to 1999, Rogan starred within the NBC sitcom NewsRadio as Joe Garrelli, an electrician and handyman on the present’s fictional information radio station. The function was initially set to be performed by actor Ray Romano; Romano was let go from the forged after one rehearsal, and Rogan was introduced in. The change prompted Rogan to work with the present’s writers to assist develop the character earlier than the present was set to launch, which he later described as a “very dumbed-down, censored model” of himself.
Rogan befriended fellow forged member Phil Hartman who confided his marital issues to him. Rogan claimed he tried to steer Hartman to divorce his spouse 5 instances, however “he beloved his youngsters and did not wish to go away”. In 1998, Hartman was murdered by his spouse.
The loss affected Rogan’s potential to carry out stand-up, and he cancelled every week of scheduled gigs. Rogan later noticed appearing as a simple job, however grew bored with “taking part in the identical character each week”, and solely did so for the cash. He later seen his time on NewsRadio as “a dream gig” that allowed him to earn cash whereas engaged on his stand-up as typically as he might. Through the collection he labored on a pilot for a present entitled Abroad.
1997–2006: UFC commentator and Concern Issue
Rogan started working for the combined martial arts promotion Final Preventing Championship as a backstage and post-fight interviewer. His first present happened at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama on February 7, 1997. He turned eager about Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1994 after watching Royce Gracie struggle at UFC 2: No Approach Out, and landed the place on the group as Sussman was mates with its co-creator and authentic producer, Campbell McLaren. He stop after two years as his wage couldn’t cowl the price of touring to the occasions, which have been typically held in rural areas on the time.
After the UFC was taken over by Zuffa in 2001, Rogan attended some occasions and have become mates with its new president Dana White, who provided him a job as a shade commentator. Nonetheless, Rogan initially declined as he “simply wished to go to the fights and drink”. In 2002, White was in a position to rent Rogan free of charge in alternate for prime occasion tickets for him and his mates. After about fifteen free gigs as commentator, Rogan accepted pay for the job, working alongside Mike Goldberg till the top of 2016. Rogan gained the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter Award for Finest Tv Announcer twice, and was named MMA Persona of the 12 months 4 instances by the World MMA Awards.
In 1999, Rogan secured a three-album cope with Warner Bros. Data and started tentative plans to star in his personal prime-time televised sitcom on Fox named The Joe Rogan Present. The present, co-written by Seinfeld author Invoice Masters, was to characteristic Rogan as “a second-string sportscaster who lands a spot because the token male on a View-style girls’s present”. In December 1999, he recorded his first stand-up comedy album in two reveals on the Comedy Connection at Faneuil Corridor in Boston, which was launched as I am Gonna Be Useless Some Day… in August 2000. It acquired nationwide publicity on The Howard Stern Present and downloads from Napster. “Voodoo Punanny”, a track Rogan wrote after Warner urged to provide a track they may play on the radio, was subsequently launched as a single. Round this time, Rogan additionally labored on concepts for a movie and a cartoon along with his comic good friend Chris McGuire, and started to function a weblog on his web site, JoeRogan.internet, which he used to debate numerous matters that helped him develop his stand-up routines.
In 2001, improvement on Rogan’s tv present was interrupted after he accepted a suggestion from NBC to host the American version of Concern Issue. He declined initially as he thought the community wouldn’t air such a program as a consequence of its content material, however Sussman satisfied him to just accept. Rogan later mentioned that the principle purpose he accepted was to acquire observations and anecdotes for his stand-up comedy. The present elevated Rogan’s nationwide publicity which prompted turnouts at his stand-up gigs to develop. Concern Issue ran for an preliminary six seasons from 2001 to 2006.
Rogan’s function as host of Concern Issue led to additional tv alternatives. In 2002, he appeared on the episode “A Lovely Thoughts” of Simply Shoot Me as Chris, the boyfriend of lead character Maya Gallo. In December 2002, Rogan was the emcee for the 2002 Blockbuster Hollywood Spectacular, a Christmas parade in Hollywood. In February 2003, Rogan turned the brand new co-host of The Man Present on Comedy Central for its fifth season from August 2003, with fellow comic Doug Stanhope, following the departure of authentic hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. A 12 months into the present, nonetheless, the hosts entered disagreements with Comedy Central and the present’s producers over content material. Rogan recalled: “I used to be a bit misled … I used to be instructed: ‘Present nudity, and we’ll blur it out. Swear and we’ll bleep it out.’ That hasn’t been the case”. The present resulted in 2004. Round this time Rogan entered talks to host his personal radio present, however they got here to nothing as a consequence of his already busy schedule.
2005–2009: Comedy specials
In 2005, actor Wesley Snipes challenged Rogan to a cage struggle. Rogan skilled for the occasion for 5 months earlier than Snipes backed out following an investigation by the IRS for alleged tax evasion. Rogan believed Snipes wanted a fast payout to alleviate his debt.
After Concern Issue, Rogan centered his profession on his stand-up comedy, as concentrating on tv had made him really feel lazy and uninspired to work on new materials for his act. With the cash he had earned from tv, Rogan employed two folks full-time to movie him and his comedy mates on tour, and launch clips on his web site for his JoeShow internet collection. In Might 2005, Rogan signed a cope with the Endeavor Expertise Company. Two months later, he filmed his second stand-up comedy particular, Joe Rogan: Stay, in Phoenix, Arizona. The particular premiered on Showtime in 2007.
In 2005, Rogan wrote a weblog entry on his web site accusing comic Carlos Mencia of joke thievery, a declare he had made since 1993. The scenario culminated in February 2007 when Rogan confronted Mencia on stage at The Comedy Retailer in Hollywood. A video of the incident was uploaded onto YouTube and included proof and feedback from different comedians, together with George Lopez, “The Reverend” Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir. The incident led to Rogan’s expertise agent expelling him as a consumer of The Gersh Company, who additionally managed Mencia, and his ban from The Comedy Retailer, inflicting him to relocate his common venue to the Hollywood Improv Comedy Membership. Rogan later mentioned that each comedian he had talked to was completely happy and grateful that he did it, and went on to signal with William Morris Company. Rogan returned to The Comedy Retailer in 2013 to assist Shaffir within the filming of his first particular.
In April 2007, Comedy Central Data launched Rogan’s fourth comedy particular, Shiny Pleased Jihad. The set was recorded in September 2006 at Cobb’s Comedy Membership in San Francisco, and comprises excerpts of an improvized Q&A session with the viewers that was typical of Rogan’s act on the time.
2009–current: Newest endeavors and podcast
Rogan hosted short-lived CBS present Recreation Present in My Head that aired for eight episodes in January 2009 and was produced by Ashton Kutcher. The present concerned contestants who attempt to persuade folks to carry out or participate in more and more weird conditions for cash. He agreed to host the present as the thought intrigued him, calling it “a totally senseless type of leisure”.
In 2010, Rogan accused comic Dane Cook dinner of joke thievery.
In 2011, Rogan resumed his function as Concern Issue host for its seventh and last season, till 2012. Rogan took the job as he “would hate to see any individual else do it.” Later in 2011, Rogan performed his first main movie character, Gale, within the comedy movie Zookeeper. He was additionally engaged on a ebook round this time that he tentatively titled Irresponsible Recommendation from a Man with No Credibility, based mostly on his weblog entries on his web site. Rogan performed himself in Right here Comes the Increase, one other action-comedy movie starring Kevin James that was launched in 2012.
In December 2012, Rogan launched his sixth comedy particular Stay from the Tabernacle completely as a obtain on his web site for $5. He was impressed to launch it that means after Louis C.Ok. had performed the identical factor.
In 2013, Rogan hosted the tv present Joe Rogan Questions Every thing on the SyFy community which aired for six episodes. The present lined matters mentioned on his podcasts, together with the existence of Bigfoot and UFOs, and featured a number of comedians, consultants, and scientists with the purpose of attempting to “put some topics to mattress … with an open-minded perspective”. SyFy accepted to provide the present and not using a pilot episode. The manufacturing crew gave Rogan some inventive management over this system and aimed to current it in his personal phrases the place doable.
The Joe Rogan Expertise
In December 2009, Rogan launched a free podcast along with his good friend and fellow comic Brian Redban. The primary episode was recorded on December 24 and was initially a reside weekly broadcast on Ustream, with Rogan and Redban “sitting in entrance of laptops bullshitting”. By August 2010, the podcast was named The Joe Rogan Expertise and entered the listing of Prime 100 podcasts on iTunes, and in 2011, was picked up by SiriusXM Satellite tv for pc Radio. The podcast options an array of company who focus on present occasions, politics, philosophy, comedy, hobbies and quite a few different matters. In January 2015, the podcast was downloaded over 11 million instances. By October that 12 months, the podcast was downloaded 16 million instances every month, making it some of the common free podcasts.
On Might 19, 2020, Rogan introduced that he had signed a multi-year licensing cope with Spotify, price an estimated $100 million, making it one of many largest licensing agreements within the podcast enterprise. The deal will make The Joe Rogan Expertise accessible on Spotify ranging from September 1, 2020 and from January 2021, unique on the platform. Clips from the video model will proceed to be accessible on YouTube.
Rogan married Jessica Ditzel, a former cocktail waitress, in 2009. The couple have two daughters; the primary was born in 2008 and the second in 2010. Rogan can be a stepfather to Ditzel’s daughter from a earlier relationship. The household lived in Boulder, Colorado, adopted by Bell Canyon, California, the place Rogan had lived since early 2003. They bought a brand new house within the space for nearly $5 million in mid-2018. In 2020, the household moved right into a $14 million house on Lake Austin, Texas.
He has vitiligo on his arms and toes.
Rogan turned eager about jiu-jitsu after watching Royce Gracie struggle at UFC 2: No Approach Out in 1994. In 1996, Rogan started coaching in Brazilian jiu-jitsu beneath Carlson Gracie at his college in Hollywood, California. He’s a black belt beneath Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a mode of no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu beneath Jean Jacques Machado.
Rogan was raised Roman Catholic, having attended Catholic college in first grade, however has since deserted following any organized faith and identifies as agnostic. He’s extremely crucial of the Roman Catholic Church and, drawing from his experiences as a former member, believes it’s an establishment of oppression.
In October 2019, throughout an episode of The Joe Rogan Expertise podcast, Rogan confirmed that he’s a cousin of My Chemical Romance lead vocalist Gerard Approach, though they’ve by no means met.
He has described himself as being “fairly liberal” and helps same-sex marriage, homosexual rights, girls’s rights, leisure drug use, common well being care, and common fundamental revenue, whereas additionally supporting the Second Modification. He has additionally criticized American overseas coverage of army adventurism. Rogan has been accused by some left-wing commentators of getting transphobic, Islamophobic and racist views.
Rogan endorsed Ron Paul within the 2012 U.S. presidential marketing campaign and voted for Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson within the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Jo Jorgensen in 2020.
Medicine and spirituality
Rogan helps the legalized use of hashish and believes it holds quite a few advantages. He hosted the documentary movie, The Union: The Enterprise Behind Getting Excessive, and was featured in Marijuana: A Continual Historical past and The Tradition Excessive. He additionally helps the usage of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT towards the exploration and enhancement of consciousness, in addition to introspection. He was the presenter within the 2010 documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Rogan has an curiosity in sensory deprivation and utilizing an isolation tank. He has said that his private experiences with meditation in isolation tanks have helped him discover the character of consciousness in addition to enhance his efficiency in numerous bodily and psychological actions and general well-being.
Different views and advocacy
Rogan is an avid hunter and is a part of the “Eat What You Kill” motion, which makes an attempt to maneuver away from manufacturing unit farming and the mistreatment of animals raised for meals.
Rogan is against routine toddler circumcision and has claimed there’s a lack of serious scientific proof for any advantages to the apply, which he considers not completely totally different from feminine genital mutilation as a consequence of its non-consensual nature.
The Joe Rogan Expertise has featured many members of what has been dubbed the Mental Darkish Internet, equivalent to Eric Weinstein and Jordan Peterson.
2020 presidential election
Rogan has publicly supported Tulsi Gabbard and inspired her to run for U.S. presidency in 2020. On January 21, 2020, Rogan mentioned he would “most likely” vote for Bernie Sanders within the 2020 Democratic major, including, “He is been insanely constant his complete life.”
After Sanders dropped out of the race, Rogan mentioned he would “somewhat vote for Trump than Biden” including that “I don’t assume [Biden] can deal with something.” He claimed that he was involved that Biden, who turned 78 shortly after Election Day, lacked the cognitive potential wanted to run america and wouldn’t be capable to deal with the strain of the presidency. Rogan criticized Biden for his verbal slip-ups, which he described as “not a standard strategy to talk, except you are excessive”. Rogan has said “Biden, to me, is like having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for an extended hike within the woods, it isn’t going to work out. It is not going to make it.” Donald Trump subsequently retweeted Rogan’s feedback on Biden’s psychological health.
Rogan provided to average a four-hour debate with Trump and Biden, with nobody else within the room and no modifying in an try and fight media bias. Instantly afterward, Rogan criticized Biden’s cognitive potential once more and declared Biden wouldn’t be mentally match to do such a debate. Whereas not thought of to be a severe request, Trump claimed he can be prepared to do such a debate. A Change.org petition was began “to elect Joe Rogan because the moderator for the 2020 Presidential Debate,” claiming that Rogan was certified to deal with the debates as a result of he’s nonpartisan. The petition acquired over 300,000 signatures.
Rogan later revealed throughout a reside election evening podcast that he voted for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen.
Filmography and discography
|1996||MADtv||Himself, visitor look||Season 2, Episode 7|
|1997||Bruce Testones, Trend Photographer||Author, himself|
|1997–current||Final Preventing Championship||Interviewer (1997–2002)
Coloration commentator (2002–current)
|2002||Simply Shoot Me!||Chris||“A Lovely Thoughts”|
|2003||Good Morning, Miami||Himself||Season 1, Episode 17: “Concern and Loathing in Miami”|
|2003–2004||The Man Present||Himself||Host|
|2003–2004||Chappelle’s Present||Himself||Season 1, Episode four
Season 2, Episode 12
|2003–2007||Final Comedian Standing||Superstar expertise scout|
|2005–2008||The Final Fighter||Announcer|
|2006||Contained in the UFC||Host|
|2009||Recreation Present in My Head||Host|
|2012–2013||UFC Final Insider||Himself|
|2013||Joe Rogan Questions Every thing||Host|
|2015||Silicon Valley||Himself||Season 2, Episode 6: “Murder”|
Function movies and documentaries
|2002||It is a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Film||Himself, cameo|
|2007||The Union: The Enterprise Behind Getting Excessive||Himself|
|2007||American Drug Conflict: The Final White Hope||Himself|
|2010||DMT: The Spirit Molecule||Himself|
|2010||Venus & Vegas||Richie|
|2012||Right here Comes the Increase||Himself|
|2000||I am Gonna Be Useless Sometime …||CD|
|2000||“Voodoo Punanny”||CD single|
|2001||Stay from the Stomach of the Beast||DVD|
|2006||Joe Rogan: Stay||DVD|
|2007||Shiny Pleased Jihad||CD|
|2010||Speaking Monkeys in House||CD, DVD|
|2012||Stay from the Tabernacle||On-line|
|2014||Rocky Mountain Excessive||Comedy Central particular, on-line|
Video video games
|2014||EA Sports activities UFC||Himself|
|2016||EA Sports activities UFC 2||Himself|
|2018||EA Sports activities UFC three||Himself|
Awards and honors
- Teen Selection Award
- Selection TV Actuality/Selection Host for Concern Issue (2003, Nominated)
- World MMA Awards
- 2011 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2012 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2014 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2015 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2016 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2017 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- 2019 – July 2020 MMA Persona of the 12 months
- Wrestling Observer E-newsletter
- Finest Tv Announcer (2010, 2011)