Everything You Need to Know About Joe Rogan

Everything You Need to Know About Joe Rogan
Table of content
1. Joe Rogan Intro 2. Who is Joe Rogan? 3. Joe Rogan’s Wife and Personal Life Details 4. Joe Rogan’s Father, His Traumatic Childhood, & Allegations 5. Where Did Joe Rogan Grow Up? 6. Where is Joe Rogan Now? 7. Joe Rogan’s Education 7.1. Did Joe Rogan Go to College? 8. Joe Rogan’s Religious Preferences 9. Joe Rogan’s Political Views 9.1. Is Joe Rogan a Republican? 9.2. Is Joe Rogan Right Wing? 9.3. Is Joe Rogan Liberal? 10. Is Joe Rogan a Trump Supporter? 11. What is Joe Rogan Famous for 11.1. How Did Joe Rogan Get Famous? 12. Joe Rogan’s Net Worth, Income & Wealth 13. Joe Rogan’s Martial Arts Career & BJJ Discovery 13.1. Started Taekwondo 13.2. Became a Taekwondo Instructor 13.3. Left Martial Arts Because of Injuries 14. Joe Rogan Stand-Up Comedian 14.1. A True Fan of Comedy 14.2. Joe Rogan’s First Stand-Up Comedy Performance 14.3. What Happened to Joe Rogan’s Comedy Club? 14.4. Worked Different Jobs 14.5. Joe Rogan and Blue Comedy 14.6. Moved to NYC 15. Joe Rogan’s Acting Career 15.1. Joined a Comedy Show 15.2. Deal With Disney 15.3. Offered a Three-Year Acting Contract 15.4. NBC Sitcom 15.5. Befriended Phil Hartman 15.6. Worked on NewsRadio 15.7. Major Film Role 16. Joe Rogan as a UFC Commentator 16.1. Worked as a Backstage Interviewer 17. Is Joe Rogan Related to Dana White? 18. Joe Rogan & Ariel Helwani - The Clash Between UFC Commentator and MMA Journalist 19. Is Joe Rogan and Seth Rogan Related? 20. Joe Rogan on Khabib Nurmagomedov 21. Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor 22. Interested in BJJ 23. Joined UFC as a Color Commentator 24. The Joe Rogan Show 25. Fear Factor and Joe Rogan 25.1. Hosted Fear Factor 25.2. Appeared in Many Television Shows 25.3. The Man Show 26. JoeShow Webseries 27. Joe Rogan’s Podcast 27.1. PowerfulJRE 28. Joe Rogan’s Deal With Spotify 29. Joe Rogan Co-Founder of Onnit 30. Views on Drugs 30.1. Use of Cannabis 31. Joe Rogan Jacked - Secret to Joe Rogan’s Physique at Age 56! 32. Joe Rogan Films & Documentaries 32.1. Joe Rogan Television Shows 32.2. Joe Rogan Movies 32.3. Joe Rogan Comedy Specials 32.4. Video Games 33. Awards 33.1. Teen Choice Awards 33.2. Joe Rogan World MMA Awards 33.3. Wrestling Observer Newsletter 34. Joe Rogan Book List 34.1. Joe Rogan’s Favorite Books - Recommendations 34.2. Joe Rogan’s Reading List 35. Frequently Asked Questions About Joe Rogan 35.1. What Movies Has Joe Rogan Played in? 35.2. Is the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast on Apple? 35.3. Is the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Free? 35.4. Is Joe Rogan a Billionaire? 35.5. What Are Some of the Best Joe Rogan Podcast Episodes of All Time 35.6. What is Joe Rogan Popular for? 35.7. Is Joe Rogan a Good Interviewer? 35.8. How to Listen to Joe Rogan Podcast Without Spotify? 35.9. When Was Joe Rogan’s First UFC Appearance? 35.10. Joe Rogan’s Daughters

1. Joe Rogan Intro

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts”

(William Shakespeare)

This famous quote by Shakespeare is especially true for Joe Rogan, a versatile martial artist, who has played many roles in one life. From early on, Joe Rogan participated in sports, especially various disciplines of martial arts. Though he had no intention of becoming a professional comedian, life had other plans for him. He not only established a successful career in stand-up but created a name for himself as the best entertainer. Whether it were TV shows, films, podcasts, or a martial arts tournament, Joe Rogan never failed to entertain its audience. However, Rogan’s fame skyrocketed when he featured in Fear Factor and assumed the role of the UFC commentator and a backstage interviewer.

In his youth, Rogan wanted nothing more than to pursue taekwondo professionally. However, he had to retire from competition after sustaining severe injuries. Fortunately, his love for martial arts paved new pathways for him, allowing him to become a prominent figure in the world of mixed martial arts and UFC.

A man as famous as Joe Rogan is impossible to miss, especially in the era of social media. But if by any chance you have never heard of Joe Rogan before and are wondering: Who is Joe Rogan? Why is he so famous? How did Joe Rogan get famous and what is he known for? Then read this article to find out all the Joe Rogan facts and satisfy your curiosity.

2. Who is Joe Rogan?

If you are a martial artist or a UFC fan, you would have surely heard of Joe Rogan. However, despite Joe Rogan’s immense popularity, the most common question about this renowned personality usually is: Who’s Joe Rogan?

Being a man of many talents, it is difficult to provide one answer as to Who Joe Rogan is. Born on August 11, 1967, Joseph James (Joe) Rogan is a highly successful American podcaster, a social media sensation, a comedian, a UFC color commentator, a martial artist, a former actor and a television host. Most popular as the owner of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Joe Rogan invites specialists from everyday fields of life and talks about almost everything. He has extensive knowledge on various subjects, besides martial arts, including social, economic, and political situations going on in and outside the country. Not a long time ago, he invited the CEO of Twitter and the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, to PowerfulJRE. An avid reader, Rogan also talks about different books and invites authors of best-sellers to his podcast.

3. Joe Rogan’s Wife and Personal Life Details

Joe Rogan’s family was of Irish and Italian descent.  He is married to Jessica Ditzel, who is a former cocktail waitress. They have two beautiful daughters.

4. Joe Rogan’s Father, His Traumatic Childhood, & Allegations

On his podcast, Joe Rogan has made repeated allegations on his father for being a violent  individual who not only beat his mother but also attacked other people. When in talks with Rolling Stone in 2015, Joe Rogan claimed his estranged father to be a “violent scary guy.”

He also said:

“All I remember of my dad are these brief, violent flashes of domestic violence. But I don’t want to complain about my childhood. Nothing bad ever happened to me. It was just confusing, you know? He was just a very violent, scary guy. After the split, we moved to San Francisco and that was it. Never heard from him again.”

He further added: 

“I don’t want to try to figure out what went wrong. I don’t hate the guy, I just don’t want to get involved with him, and I don’t want to talk to him. He was very nice to me and loved me. But he was super, super violent, and he would have turned me into a psychopath.”

However, Joe’s father denied all such allegations. In an interview to The Sun, Joe Rogan Sr., a retired New Jersey cop, said that he didn’t fight for his son’s custody because he feared his only son would end up in a foster home. He also clarified Joe’s allegations saying:

“When they left me, there were no police reports, no complaints against me, no restraining order, nothing.”

He also said:

“I took him every Friday for almost a year. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - he was with me. I would go get him and I would watch him take care of him. If I were the big bad wolf, they would have had a restraining order on me.”

Joe Rogan’s father expressed his desire to see his son again and for him to stop all the false allegations.

“I’m not a crybaby but I have been putting up with this [the allegations] for more than 25 years now since he got famous. You got to be a man in life, and you take the good with the bad and you could just go along with some of it. But it got to a point now where it is totally out of control. I didn't even know anything about violence until my daughter told me about one of these interviews.”

“I’m on my way out. I’m 80 years old, I’m in the rearview mirror. But I would like to see him. For my daughters to meet him, just to say hello and say how we feel. You only live once, you cannot come back and do it again. I definitely would sit down with him because he needs to listen to my side of the story. He never asked, and didn't know what I had to say. He doesn’t know how much it hurt me, and what I had to go through.”

5. Where Did Joe Rogan Grow Up?

Joe Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey, United States, and stayed in his hometown till the age of five. After his parents got divorced, Rogan and his mother relocated and settled in San Francisco, California till he turned 11. During their stay in San Francisco, Joe Rogan’s mother remarried.

According to Popular Timelines, Rogan then moved to Gainesville, Florida, and eventually relocated to Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.

6. Where is Joe Rogan Now?

In 2008, Joe Rogan moved to Gold Hill, Colorado with his girlfriend, Jessica Ditzel. Four months later, the couple came back to Bell Canyon, Southern California due to Ditzel’s pregnancy. In 2018, Joe Rogan bought a new house for $5 million in Bell Canyon, California. In 2020, he moved into a $14 million house on Lake Austin in Austin, Texas. Currently, Joe Rogan lives here with his family.

7. Joe Rogan’s Education

Though Joe Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey, he traveled a lot during his childhood. He completed his graduation in 1985 from Newton South High School, Massachusetts.

7.1. Did Joe Rogan Go to College?

Yes. Joe Rogan enrolled in the University of Massachusetts, Boston; he dropped out after one semester. In many interviews, Joe Rogan explained why he never graduated from college in these words:

“I never enjoyed college and felt it was not the right path for me.”

Joe Rogan on Dropping Out of College

Though Joe Rogan went to college, he never graduated because the college degree did not align with his goals and what he wanted from life.

8. Joe Rogan’s Religious Preferences

Joe Rogan was raised as a Catholic Christian and he also attended a Catholic school till first grade. However, Rogan eventually cut all ties from any organized religion and claims himself to be an agnostic.

In his podcast, Joe Rogan clarified his religious affiliations. He does not consider himself an atheist but he rejects organized religions because he believes there is a hand of a man in these religions. He said:

“I am not an atheist. I have never been an atheist. I have never been someone who says I know there is no god. But I have been someone who has said there are a lot of religions that clearly have a hand of man on them. There is clearly some description that implies that things are okay to do because of the cultural values of people that lived 3,000-4,000 years ago, whenever they wrote this stuff. It condones slavery, treats women as second class citizens. There is a lot in these words that clearly have the hand of man; also some inherent deep wisdom and moral scaffolding that make the world a better place.”

9. Joe Rogan’s Political Views

Joe Rogan’s political views are extremely controversial. He considers himself a liberal; however, he receives a lot of backlash for his conservative actions. On multiple occasions, he has clarified that he is far from a conservative and a Republican, but many groups find it hard to believe his words. Some people like Rogan for his transparent views and his ability to engage with a wide range of topics. He is thoughtful and also challenges the political and social norms prevalent in the country and worldwide.

On the other hand, he is heavily criticized for saying provocative things and creating controversies by giving his guests an open platform where they can touch on dangerous issues. It has been argued many times that Rogan tends to spread misinformation through his podcast on topics he has no expertise in. He is also often blamed for normalizing extremism.

9.1. Is Joe Rogan a Republican?

No, Joe Rogan is not a Republican. He tends to fight critics who call him a Republican. He shared on his podcast that Republican’s opposition to gay marriage is the reason he does not like to be called one. He also slammed a Ted Cruz, a Republican, who wants to put a ban on gay marriages. He also called out all the people who call him a “secret conservative.”

“I am so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment and just because I support the military and just because I support the police doesn’t mean I am a Republican. Like I was on welfare as a kid. I think it’s important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. We should help each other. We are supposed to be one big community. I am a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of things.”

9.2. Is Joe Rogan Right Wing?

Joe Rogan has never really been a leftist or a rightist on any issue; however, he has been showing right leanings in his show on various topics. Joe Rogan himself has yet to comment on being a rightist or a leftist.

9.3. Is Joe Rogan Liberal?

Yes Joe Rogan is liberal and tends to attract the limelight for his liberal political and social views. Rogan strongly believes in greater class equality. He advocates for social spending for the country’s poor class. Rogan strongly opposes war and condemns all forms of terrorism and military action. His liberal mindset is also revealed through his vehement support for LGBT right campaigns. He is one of the few people who openly advocates for drug legalization. In standard debates, Rogan supports liberal orthodoxies. Rogan also thinks highly of Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and Tulsi Gabbard for their liberal views and because they raise their voices to set a universal basic wage. Joe Rogan is also a strong advocate for freedom of speech and tends to speak his mind on his podcasts without fearing criticism, trolling, and backlash.

Joe Rogan often claims himself to be “a bleeding heart liberal” on various sensitive topics and issues. “It’s not just abortion rights, but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is strange to me. Gay marriage is not silly. It’s marriage - it’s marriage from people that are homosexual and it's for them.” 

At the 2022 Midterm election, the patriot Joe Rogan, through his podcast urged the audience to “Vote Republican”, who are infuriated about the COVID-19 pandemic. Not many safety protocols were followed which caused a sudden increase in the cases of COVID-19.

In the podcast, Joe Rogan appreciated the Florida governor, whose action towards the pandemic caused the decrease of COVID-19 cases in Florida.

10. Is Joe Rogan a Trump Supporter?

No. Joe Rogan is not a Donald Trump supporter. When asked when he was going to have the former U.S. President Donald Trump on his JRE podcast, Joe Rogan always had a firm stance and made it clear that he had no intention of inviting Trump to his podcast.

“I have had the opportunity to have him on my podcast, more than once, and I have said no every time. I don’t want to help him and I am not interested in helping him.”

(Joe Rogan clarified on Lex Freidman’s podcast)

However, it seems that Rogan has had a change of heart. When entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David asked a similar question, Rogan adopted a different stance.

“When are you having Trump on?”

(Bet-David inquired)

“I don’t know.” Rogan replied, hinting at the possibility of having Trump on his podcast. “I don’t know. Maybe.”

He told Patrick Bet-David that given the massive following and huge presence of his podcast, it was something that needed to happen.

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11. What is Joe Rogan Famous for

Joe Rogan is famous for many things, including:

  • MTV’s Half-Hour - Comedy Hour
  • Fear Factor
  • NBC Sitcom NewsRadio
  • UFC Commentary
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
  • The character Gale in the comedy film “Zookeeper.”
  • Comedy Specials
  • His book - “Irresponsible Advice from a Man with No Credibility.”

11.1. How Did Joe Rogan Get Famous?

Though Joe Rogan’s podcast boosted his popularity and career, but he became famous

Due to being one of the wealthiest podcasters, Joe Rogan made it to the list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2022. His popularity and wealth has allowed him to influence important mass decisions, such as Covid-19 vaccinations. 

Joe Rogan made his stand-up debut on August 28, 1988, at a comedy club in Boston. He eventually became popular for “blue comedy” and landed a contract on MTV’s Half Hour - Comedy Hour. On television, he became popular after masterfully performing the role of Joe Garelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He remained a part of the show from 1992 till 1999, becoming a prominent name on TV.

Before parting ways from the NBC sitcom NewsRadio, Joe Rogan made his first Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance as a backstage interviewer and reporter in 1997. He left shortly after only to rejoin after Dana White became the UFC President. His expressions make each UFC fight even more exciting and iconic.

From 2001-2006, Joe Rogan went on to host NBC Fear Factor. Moreover, in 2009, Joe Rogan started his brilliant podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. The podcast has gained unprecedented success and tops the worldwide charts on Spotify. 

12. Joe Rogan’s Net Worth, Income & Wealth

As of 2023, Joe Rogan’s disclosed net worth is over a hundred and ten million US dollars. Rogan generates more than $100,000 from only one episode of the JRE podcast. According to several reports, Rogan generates about $30 million each year from his podcast.

He also generates money from his book royalties, comedy club, YouTube advertisements, and selling different items, and Spotify.

Rogan owns around 15 automobiles worth several million U.S dollars. Moreover, Joe Rogan has positions in several successful businesses, including:

  • Ford
  • Amazon
  • Pfizer
  • Apple
  • GE
  • Coca-Cola

According to South China Morning Post, Spotify paid US $200 million to Joe Rogan to host the JRE podcast exclusively on the platform. According to Forbes, in 2019, Joe Rogan earned US $30 million from his podcast alone, becoming the highest-earning podcaster in the world.

13. Joe Rogan’s Martial Arts Career & BJJ Discovery

Rogan was interested in baseball so he joined the Baseball club. At that time, Rogan developed a peculiar fascination with combat sports. He felt safe practicing martial arts.

Martial arts revoked a new life in Joe Rogan where he got control of his own life. It was then that Joe Rogan acknowledged his confidence and now he is a man having versatile qualities. His love for BJJ started when he saw Royce Gracie competing. Carlson Gracie is his first BJJ instructor. He is a BJJ Black Belt under Eddie Bravo in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, and Gi BJJ Black Belt under Jean Jacques Machado.

13.1. Started Taekwondo

In 1981, at the age of 14, Rogan got interested in Taekwondo. His interest took him to the “US Open Championship Taekwondo Tournament” and he performed well in it due to his fascination towards martial arts. He excelled in the lightweight division and aced the tournament.

13.2. Became a Taekwondo Instructor

After winning the US Championship Taekwondo tournament at the age of 19, Joe Rogan, for almost four years in a row, remained the Massachusetts Champion for the State. Later he started teaching Taekwondo.

Not only did Joe Rogan aced in taekwondo but he was a notable figure in kickboxing in his twenties. His kickboxing record is 2-1.

13.3. Left Martial Arts Because of Injuries

Joe Rogan was truly fascinated by martial arts but stopped competing due to the massive head injuries that left him with a permanent headache. Though Rogan wasn’t interested in higher studies much still he joined a university, the University of Massachusetts. Although after some time left it as he had no interest in continuing his studies.

14. Joe Rogan Stand-Up Comedian

14.1. A True Fan of Comedy

Joe Rogan was way too serious towards kickboxing. He never thought about another career, especially stand-up comedy. But little did he know that it would become the reason for his worldwide fame.

As a child, Rogan was a freak of comedy but never thought that one day he would be pursuing it professionally. “Live on the Sunset Strip”  by Richard Pryor was his favorite show as a child.

His friends would ask him to imitate his favorite show and Rogan would do that with such excellence. His friends persuaded him to give his fascination a try.

14.2. Joe Rogan’s First Stand-Up Comedy Performance

On 27 August 1988, at the age of 21, Joe Rogan staged his first-ever stand-up show. It was at Stitches Club at an event where audience members could perform during his stay in Boston. Joe Rogan was present there so he took the opportunity and performed as a stand-up comedian.

14.3. What Happened to Joe Rogan’s Comedy Club?

In 2023, Joe Rogan opened an anti-cancel culture comedy club, called Comedy Mothership, in Austin, Texas. This Joe Rogan Comedy Club included canceled comedians, including Ron White, David Lucas, Tim Dillon, Roseanne Bar, and Tony Hinchecliff.

“I am drunk and on mushrooms in my new club. This is as high as I have ever been onstage.”

Through his comedy club, Rogan has managed to create a safe place for all comedians who can share their dark humor without the fear of being canceled. 

“You can’t fire me from my own club!” said Rogan.

The first show of this alien-themed Comedy Mothership on March 07, 2023, was sold out within mere minutes. At this club, the comedians do not shy away from sensitive and taboo issues such as anti-semitism, the LGBTQ+ community, and other cultural taboos.

“I felt compelled to do it…I never wanted to own a comedy club, and I always felt like you just had to be nice to comedy club owners because you never want to be one of those people. But then I knew I was moving here, and Austin’s Capital Comedy Club was already closed. I was like, ‘Maybe I should buy a club, and start a club.’ And that became my focus.” Rogan discussed this on Theo Von’s podcast.

14.4. Worked Different Jobs

Rogan’s first stand-up comedy was a successful endeavor. It was then that he decided to pursue it as a professional career. He worked different jobs in Boston and gave hardcore attention to his passion and career.

At Boston University, Joe Rogan worked as a martial arts instructor and Revere. He delivered newspapers, drove a limousine, and worked as a construction worker. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan paid attention to Blue Comedy and worked for a private detective as an assistant.

14.5. Joe Rogan and Blue Comedy

Joe Rogan was specifically famous for his epic performance of Blue Comedy . Due to his skill, he was invited to different parties and clubs. While performing occasionally in a club, Joe Rogan talked to the manager about allowing him to spare some minutes at the club for a stand-up comedy show. His manager readily agreed because of the audience's love for Rogan’s show.

During Rogan’s performance at the club, he was noticed by Jeff Sussman , a talent manager. Upon watching Rogan’s show , Jeff Sussman offered Rogan the job of Sussman’s Manager. Rogan agreed to the offer.

14.6. Moved to NYC

To attract and cash out more opportunities, Rogan shifted to NYC in 1990. He lived with his maternal grandfather during his initial six-month stay as he was a struggling stand-up comedian. He himself said that he was influenced by Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce, Richard Jeni, and Sam Kinison.

“I didn’t have a direction until I became a stand-up comedian. I was pretty nervous about my future. I couldn’t imagine myself working a 9-to-5 job.”

(Joe Rogan)

15. Joe Rogan’s Acting Career

15.1. Joined a Comedy Show

In 1994, Joe Rogan resided in Los Angeles. At the Half-Hour Comedy Hour, Rogan made his first appearance on TV on a channel named MTV. His performance attracted many potential producers.

15.2. Deal With Disney

Joe Rogan then accepted the deal with Disney. His first lead acting role was in a sitcom Hardball. His role was of Frank Valente, a middle-aged and self-centered professional baseball player. Rogan hesitated at the start as he was not sure of his acting skills. He said that he never gave a thought about acting.

Rogan worked 12 hours a day as it was his first acting project, he wanted to give his best. Rogan enjoyed the show but when the show was owned by Fox, the whole script was changed and that was highly disliked by Rogan.

Upon which Dean Valentine, the president of Walt Disney Television at that time, encouraged him that acting is not that hard as we do it in our everyday life.

Rogan also performed at The Comedy Store, despite his busy routine.

15.3. Offered a Three-Year Acting Contract

In the famous Dopey Game Show, Rogan was offered an agreement for three years and a role in the pilot episode of a dopey game show for about $500. He rejected the offer but it was Sussman that prompted him to sign the offer.

15.4. NBC Sitcom

Rogan acted in an NBC sitcom, named NewsRadio, as an electrician named Joe Garrelli.

Rogan performed in the NBC sitcom, NewsRadio,

15.5. Befriended Phil Hartman

As Rogan performed at NBC sitcoms, he befriended a fellow actor, Phil Hartman. Rogan became so close with Hartman that he told Joe about his marital life. On many occasions, Rogan persuaded him to get a legal solution for his marital problem as Hartman was not happy with her. Hartman was of the view that separating from his wife could lead him to the loss of his children as he really adored them. And that is the reason he never sought a legal solution for his unhappy married life.

In 1998, Hartman’s wife killed him. This was a grave loss for Rogan. Rogan was so affected by Hartman’s death that he couldn't perform in his upcoming shows.

15.6. Worked on NewsRadio

Later, Rogan got tired of acting. He said that he got exhausted from acting in the same role after every few days. So he left acting and started working on NewsRadio and kept stand-up as a recreational side hustle.

15.7. Major Film Role

In 2011, Joe Rogan played a major role in the film Zookeeper. It was a comedy film where Rogan played the character of Gale.

16. Joe Rogan as a UFC Commentator

16.1. Worked as a Backstage Interviewer

Joe Rogan’s work with UFC started in 1997 and changed his life forever. His first appearance in UFC was as an interviewer backstage at UFC 12: Judgment Day. He used to interview fighters after their fight. It was his skill that he was appointed as a post-fight interviewer too.

17. Is Joe Rogan Related to Dana White?

Joe Rogan and Dana White resemble each other but are not related. Due to their similar bulky build and lack of hair, most people believe they are the same person. However, they are close friends and have supported each other professionally ever since Dana White became the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2001.

As the UFC President, the first thing Dana White did was hire Joe Rogan as commentator. Though some people criticized White’s decision; however, Rogan’s extensive knowledge of UFC and passion for mixed martial arts proved him to be a deserving candidate for this position.

In February 2023, Joe Rogan shared his thoughts on their friendship on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, sending a clear message to all those criticizing Dana White.

“ I’ll never say a bad thing about him.” (Joe Rogan about Dana White)

In an interview with Newsweek, Joe Rogan said similar words for his friend:

“If anyone ever comes to me with any kind of criticism of Dana White, I’m like ‘you’re going to the wrong guy. That guy’s my brother, I love him to death, and I’ll never say a bad word about him. So, if you are coming to me for objective journalism about one of my friends, you’ve got the wrong person. I won’t lie but I won’t ever say anything negative about my friends.”

(Joe Rogan on Dana White via Newsweek)

In terms of their careers, not much has changed for Dana White and Joe Rogan except for their increased popularity and ever-growing fanbase. When not working, the two renowned UFC personalities hang out with each other.

18. Joe Rogan & Ariel Helwani - The Clash Between UFC Commentator and MMA Journalist

The fact that Joe Rogan and Ariel Helwani are not exactly fond of each other is not hidden from anyone in the mixed martial arts circuit. In 2023, Ariel Helwani commented on Joe Rogan after the UFC commentator claimed that Helwani lured information out of his podcast guests. 

In one of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast episodes with Belal Muhammad, UFC fighter, Joe Rogan raised questions on Helwani’s credibility as an MMA journalist.

“I am good friends with Ariel’s uncle and Ariel is a great journalist. But Ariel Helwani likes to get people to say things.” Furious at Joe's audacity to comment on his journalism style, Helwani lashed out and accused Rogan for spreading misinformation and false narratives.

“What does it even mean to say that Ariel gets people to say things? This is especially rich coming from a guy who was pushing false narratives and fake information over the past years to the point where people demanded to drop him from Spotify which I never agreed with. I asked questions and people answered them, I moved on. He’s Dana’s boy.”

(Ariel Helwani)

Ariel Helwani responds to Joe Rogan's comments.#TheMMAHour

— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) February 1, 2023

19. Is Joe Rogan and Seth Rogan Related?

Seth Rogan is often confused to be Joe Rogan’s relative. However, Joe Rogan is not related to Seth Rogan. The only thing common between these two popular personalities is their surnames.

20. Joe Rogan on Khabib Nurmagomedov

“Khabib Nurmagomedov is arguably the greatest fighter of all time.”

(Joe Rogan on Khabib Nurmagomedov)

The fight at UFC 229 between Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC Hall of Famer, and Conor McGregor was the most watched UFC fight in the history of the mixed martial arts promotion. Joe Rogan was the commentator of this fight. In a podcast with David Goggins, Rogan discussed that one grudge fight between two legendary UFC fighters made the undefeated ‘Eagle’ the best ever UFC fighter. Rogan on multiple occasions called Khabib the greatest MMA fighter ever.

21. Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor

At UFC 264, Joe Rogan interviewed Conor McGregor and many people raised questions about Rogan’s decision to put a mic to his face after McGregor sustained serious leg injuries and lost the bout to Dustin Poirier.

To this, Rogan explained why he interviewed McGregor right after his defeat.

“People are like, ‘Why did you interview him?’ He actually brought me over. He goes, ‘come over here lad, let’s have a podcast…Come on Joe let’s have a podcast.’ He asked me to sit down next to him. I was like, ‘How am I going to do thi? I feel like I should just get something out of him.’ Even if you recognize the fact that he is emotionally charged up, this is just him expressing himself while he was emotionally charged up.”

22. Interested in BJJ

In 1994, Rogan got the chance to watch a Royce Gracie fight. It was like a dream come true for Rogan. It was at the UFC 2: No Way Out where Royce Gracie defeated Patrick Smith, Rogan got fascinated by Royce Gracie’s fighting style and decided to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

23. Joined UFC as a Color Commentator

In 2001, when Zuffa took over UFC, Rogan befriended Dana White, UFC’s current acting President. Later, Dana White offered Rogan the position of color commentator for the UFC. Joe Rogan rejected the offer and said he only aims to enjoy the fights by being present as an audience member. We all know how Rogan loves watching MMA fights. So he declined Dana White’s offer but little did Rogan know that he was going to become the most praised UFC commentator ever.

After some time, Rogan accepted the offer and started working with Mike Goldberg, the senior UFC commentator. As a Best Television Announcer, Rogan claimed the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award.

24. The Joe Rogan Show

In 1999, Joe Rogan started his own show, The Joe Rogan Show. Warner Bros approached Rogan and signed a three-album agreement with him. This show was written by Joe Rogan and Bill Masters where Joe Rogan was a sportscaster who would give his view on a women’s show.

He won the MMA Personality of the Year by World MMA Awards four times.
Joe Rogan’s first comedy show was released in August 2000, named I’m Gonna Be Dead Some Day. This stand-up show of Rogan earned him appreciation from all over the world.

25. Fear Factor and Joe Rogan

25.1. Hosted Fear Factor

In 2001, Joe Rogan joined Fear Factor as a host of the show. This offer was made by NBC which Rogan accepted readily. Rogan wasn’t much interested in the show but he only accepted it to gain new ideas for his shows. For six seasons from 2001 - 2006, Rogan remained the host of Fear Factor.

25.2. Appeared in Many Television Shows

Rogan’s appearance in television was mainly as the anchor of Fear Factor, which opened many new opportunities for him. He was the master of ceremonies for the Blockbuster Hollywood Spectacular in 2002.

25.3. The Man Show

After one year in The Man Show, Rogan had some issues with the producers. He was told that he could say anything on the show as the idea was to keep the show as real as possible. But according to Rogan that was not the situation. After that, Rogan for other sources, and the show came to an end in 2004.

Meanwhile, he was cast in many TV shows such as Just Shoot Me’s, A Beautiful Mind. He even hosted The Man Show, which aired on Comedy Central in 2003.

26. JoeShow Webseries

Rogan gave all his time to stand-up comedy, after leaving Fear Factor. He filmed episodes for the JoeShow Webseries. His next stand-up episode with the title, Joe Rogan: Live, was filmed after 2 months.

Later in April 2007, Rogan filmed Shiny Happy Jihad, his fourth stand-up comedy episode.

27. Joe Rogan’s Podcast

In 2009, Joe Rogan was the host for the Game Show in My Head aired on CBS. He willingly hosted the program as it was a bizarre type of fun and entertainment.

In 2009, Joe Rogan started his podcast channel with a companion of his, Brian Redman who is also a comedian. This podcast was aired on Ustream where Rogan and his friend sat with their laptops and talked about different topics ang gave their personal views. The podcast was a free podcast which anyone could watch.

27.1. PowerfulJRE

The podcast was given a new name in August 2010, “The Joe Rogan Experience”, after 13 long years, in 2023 it was changed to PowerfulJRE. There was a massive influx of people watching the podcast. This was a massive achievement for Joe Rogan. He invited guests from different backgrounds and talked on almost every topic, social, political, cultural, comedy, and much more.

In 2015, more than 11 million times the podcast was watched and downloaded. It became the most downloaded and watched free podcast.

The reason behind the success of Joe Rogan’s podcast is that there isn’t any topic he doesn’t talk about with specialists for 2,3 long hours. His podcast with Elon Musk was one of the most trending podcasts on YouTube and Spotify. In that podcast, Joe Rogan and Elon Musk highlighted the importance of Artificial Intelligence and the wonders it is doing.

In one of the podcasts, Joe Rogan invited Yeonmi Park, a girl who escaped from North Korea when she was only 13 years old. She talked about the strict policies in North Korea as well as the brutal behavior of the President.

In PowerfulJRE's recent podcast, Joe Rogan was seen talking about freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is a topic which Joe Rogan has always supported. Not only does Joe Rogan invite political personalities on his show but also talks about various controversies. Despite the serious topics, there are numerous funny episodes on the channel too.

28. Joe Rogan’s Deal With Spotify

In May 2022, Rogan made a deal with Spotify.  Spotify is an audio and media streaming platform. The deal was worth $200 million and it was one of the biggest deals in the podcast business. From September 2020, PowerfulJRE is not available for free, rather it streams on Spotify.

29. Joe Rogan Co-Founder of Onnit

Joe Rogan is the co-founder of Onnit which is a supplement-producing company. He often mentions Onnit on his podcasts and interviews.

Presidential Elections

In the 2020 presidential elections, Rogan supported Tulsi Gabbard openly. Rogan has never been terrified of people’s opinions, rather he constructs his own opinion and advocates it openly without the fear of being canceled on social media.

A petition was started to “to elect Joe Rogan as the moderator for the 2020 Presidential Debate”.

30. Views on Drugs

Joe Rogan is not totally against drugs rather he advocates the legalized and in-check use of cannabis because of the benefits it holds. In his documentary film, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, stated the Marijuana culture. He supports the recreational use of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT.

30.1. Use of Cannabis

Joe Rogan is in favor of the legitimate use of cannabis. Cannabis is widely used for treating chronic pain and that is Joe Rogan is its strong advocate. Rogan has shown interest in meditation via isolation tanks.

31. Joe Rogan Jacked - Secret to Joe Rogan’s Physique at Age 56!

In the 1879 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the UFC commentator revealed the secret of his jacked physique despite being on the other side of 50.

Rogan shared the platform with Tom Segura, Bert Kreischir, and Ari Shaffir. While the podcast focused on health-related topics, Rogan eventually revealed the truth about his and Liver King’s muscular physique.

Bert Kreischer talked about Rogan’s shirtless picture that he wanted to leak.

“Your picture, I hope you don’t mind, it’s unreal. I wanted to leak it.”

(Bert Kreischer)

“I am on testosterone, unlike Liver King, I’ll tell you the truth.”

(Joe Rogan replied)

32. Joe Rogan Films & Documentaries

32.1. Joe Rogan Television Shows

Year Title Role
1994 Hardball Frank Valente
1995-1999 NewsRadio Joe Garrelli
1996 MADtv Himself, Guest Appearance
1997 Bruce Testones, Fashion Photographer Writer, Himself
1997 - Present Ultimate Fighting Championship Interviewer (1997-2002)
Color Commentator (2002-Present)
2001-2002 Late Friday Host
2001-2003 Howard Stern Guest
Fear Factor Host
2002 Just Shoot Me! Chris
2003 Good Morning, Miami Himself
2003-2004 The Man Show Himself
2003-2004 Chappelle’s Show Himself
2003-2007 Last Comic Standing Celebrity Talent Scout
2005-2008 The Ultimate Fighter Announcer
2006 Inside the UFC Host
2007-2009 UFC Wired Host
2009 Game Show in My Head Host
2012-2013 UFC Ultimate Insider Himself
2013 Joe Rogan Questions Everything Host
2015 Silicon Valley Himself

32.2. Joe Rogan Movies

Year Title Role
2002 It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Himself, Cameo
2007 The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Himself
2007 American Drug War: The Last White Hope Himself
2010 DMT: The Spirit Molecule Himself
2010 Venus & Vegas Richie
2011 Zookeeper Gale
2012 Here Comes the Boom Himself
2017 Bright Himself

32.3. Joe Rogan Comedy Specials

Year Title Format
2000 I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday… CD
2000 “Voodoo Punanny” CD Single
2001 Live from the Belly of the Beast DVD
2006 Joe Rogan: Live DVD
2007 Shiny Happy Jihad CD
2010 Talking Monkeys in Space CD, DVD
2012 Live from the Tabernacle Online
2014 Rocky Mountain High Comedy Central Special, Online
2016 Triggered Netflix
2018 Strange Times Netflix

32.4. Video Games

Year Title Role
2014 EA Sports UFC Himself
2016 EA Sports UFC 2 Himself
2018 EA Sports UFC 3 Himself

33. Awards

33.1. Teen Choice Awards

Year Title
2003, Nominated Choice TV Reality / Variety Host for Fear Factor

33.2. Joe Rogan World MMA Awards

Year Title
2011 MMA Personality of the Year
2012 MMA Personality of the Year
2014 MMA Personality of the Year
2015 MMA Personality of the Year
2016 MMA Personality of the Year
2017 MMA Personality of the Year
2019 - July 2020 MMA Personality of the Year

33.3. Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Year Title
2010, 2011 Best Television Announcer

Joe Rogan is not just a person, rather this man is a legend. He has inspired so many youtubers and people that today his followers are so much greater in number. He has approximately 16.8 Million followers on Instagram in Apr 2023.

34. Joe Rogan Book List

Joe Rogan has mentioned many books on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Mentioned below is the list of all books Joe Rogan ever recommended in his podcast. Through his book recommendations, Rogan not only reveals his interest in various subjects but also encourages his listeners to explore different subjects, including ancient civilizations, creativity, conspiracies, martial arts, psychedelics, consciousness, mastery, and motivation. 

34.1. Joe Rogan’s Favorite Books - Recommendations

Best Evidence by David S. Lifton

Joe Rogan has shared his fascination with the President of the U.S.A. John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and reading the Best Evidence by David S. Lifton has further cemented his belief that Kennedy’s assassination was a planned event, a conspiracy. Therefore, Rogan also claims Best Evidence to be his favorite conspiracy book, and he also mentions David Lifton’s theories in different episodes of his podcast. 

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a Joe Rogan book recommendation. He also frequently mentions this book in his podcast and gives away copies of this book to his guests. Moreover, Joe Rogan invited Steven Pressfield as a guest on the 405 episode of his podcast. 

On October 15, 2013, he also shared the news on his official Twitter handle:

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings written by a legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, is another one of Joe Rogan’s favorite books. Musashi wrote this book around the year 1645 to teach the principles of philosophy and fighting strategy. However, this book is popular today as its teachings can be applied to other aspects of life as well, including martial arts and business. 

Being a martial artist and business-minded, Joe Rogan has applied many concepts of the books in his life as well. He frequently repeats the famous quote from the book:

If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything”
(The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi)

Joe Rogan also has a Miyamoto Musashi tattoo on his right arm. This artwork shows how inspired Rogan is from the teachings of this book and Miyamoto Musashi in general.

On Jan 23, 2016, Joe Rogan replied to a tweet by @winstlcards that read: 

“@JoeRogan top three books of all time?”

To this, Rogan replied:

“The Cat in the hat, The Cat in the hat returns, and Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings.”  

Fingerprints of the God by Graham Hancock

In his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan has shared that Graham Hancock has greatly influenced his perspective on history. (Reference Joe Rogan Experience Podcast No. 142 - 00:44). Moreover, Graham Hancock has been one of Joe Rogan’s favorite guests who he invited in the following JRE episodes:

  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 142
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 360
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 417
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 551
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 725
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 872
  • The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 961

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

During the Q&A segment of Talking Monkeys in Space, a 2009 Joe Rogan comedy special, a spectator from the audience inquired about Rogan’s favorite book. To which he replied: Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna. You can find Joe Rogan’s answer in the Spotify podcast below.

Joe Rogan's Comedy Special Talking Monkeys in Space on Spotify

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Joe Rogan read the New York Times best-seller, Tribe by Sebastian Junger, twice. He also invited the author twice on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in episodes 975 and 1034. 

On June 11, 2017, Joe Rogan took to his Twitter handle to recommend this best-seller:

“This book by Sebastian Junger is epic. I can’t recommend it enough.” 

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Going Clear by Lawrence is another book recommendation by Joe Rogan. The book explores the world of Scientology and was also converted into an HBO documentary.

On Oct 16, 2015, Joe Rogan took to his twitter handle R Joe Rogan to share his views on Going Clear.

“Going Clear" by @lawrence_wright is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. Such a bizarre view into madness and its wake.”  

Coyote America by Dan Flores

Coyote America is another one of Joe Rogan’s favorite books that he frequently talks about on his podcast. He also invited, the author, Dan Flores on episode #942 of the JRE podcast.

On April 06, 2017, Joe Rogan tweeted:

“Had a great time on the podcast today with author Dan Flores. His book Coyote America is amazing.”

DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

DMT: The Spirit Molecule, a book by clinical psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman, offers a detailed account of the impact of the drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT) on humans. The volunteers of DMT test trials reported having near-death experiences and seeing bizarre entities. Joe Rogan has mentioned this book multiple times on his podcast and also hosts the DMT: The Spirit Molecule documentary by Rick Strassman.

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John Marco Allegro

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John Marco Allegro is another book that Joe Rogan frequently talks about on Joe Rogan podcast, primarily because of the book’s unique take on the veracity of the writings in the New Testament.

On January 13, 2012, Joe Rogan took to his Twitter handle to share his thoughts on the book:

“For a really odd take on the bible read The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John Marco Allegro” he says the bible was all about mushrooms.” 

34.2. Joe Rogan’s Reading List

Joe Rogan’s Book List in 2023
Joe Rogan’s Book List in 2022
Joe Rogan’s Book List in 2021
Book Name  Author
The Last Indian War  Elliott West
Mother of God  Paul Rosolie
Only the Dead  Jack Carr
Sierra Six  Mark Greaney
Resolving Illusions  Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk
Never Finished  David Goggins
The Real Anthony Fauci  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The Kill Chain  Christian Brose
In the Blood  Jack Carr
Thee Gray Man  Mark Greaney
The War on the West  Douglas Murray
Amusing Ourselves to Death  Neal Postman
Outliers  Malcolm Gladwell
The War of Art Steven Pressfield
Turning Pro  Steven Pressfield
Inner Engineering  Sadhguru
The Obstacle is the Way  Ryan Holiday
Meditations  Marcus Aurelius
The Devil’s Hand  Jack Carr
A Land So Strange  Andres Resendez
Blindsight  Peter Watts
Hate Inc.  Matt Taibbi
A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying
Freedom  Sebastian Junger

35. Frequently Asked Questions About Joe Rogan

35.1. What Movies Has Joe Rogan Played in?

Joe Rogan has played iconic roles in various Hollywood and Netflix movies. His most popular movies are:

  • Zookeeper
  • The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz
  • Stars in the Sky: A Hunting Story
  • The Culture High
  • The Obama Deception
  • Joe Rogan: Triggered

35.2. Is the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast on Apple?

Yes. The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is available on Apple.

35.3. Is the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Free?

The Joe Rogan Experience is not exactly free due to the exclusive rights of Spotify. However, you can listen to older episodes for free on other streaming platforms. Third-party websites, such as the JRE Library and the JRE Podcast may allow you to listen to archived episodes for free. Moreover, you can listen to small sections of viral JRE podcasts on YouTube as well.

35.4. Is Joe Rogan a Billionaire?

Though Joe Rogan is not a billionaire as of 2023; however, experts deem his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience worth over $1 billion. It is only a matter of time when Rogan will become a billionaire.

35.5. What Are Some of the Best Joe Rogan Podcast Episodes of All Time

Joe Rogan has conversations on diverse topics on his podcast. The best Joe Rogan podcast episodes are as follows:

Joe Rogan Best Podcast Episodes
JRE Episode Number Guest
1169  Elon Musk
974  Meghan Phelps-Roper
1315 Bob Lazar & Jeremy Corbell
1675 Quentin Tarantino
1330 Bernie Sanders
1109 Matthew Walker
737  Lance Armstrong
1054 Dr. Rhonda Patrick
919 Neil deGrasse Tyson
1368  Edward Snowden
1245 Andrew Yang
1554 Kayne West
1227 Mike Tyson
1283 Russell Brand
857 Dan Bilzerian
1385 Paul Stamets
1879 Sober October 4
1343 Penn Jillette
1791 Sadhguru
1258 Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde, and Tim Pool
138 Anthony Bourdain
962 Jocko Willink
2002 Amanda Fielding
956 Guy Ritchie
1278 Kevin Hart
1403   Forrest Galante
543 Sam Harris
1176 Dom D’ Agostino and Layne Norton
1916  Jon Bernthal
1925 Sonny Side from Best Ever Food Review Show

35.6. What is Joe Rogan Popular for?

Joe Rogan’s honest and unapologetic approach to different issues makes him and his podcast the Joe Rogan Experience extremely popular.

35.7. Is Joe Rogan a Good Interviewer?

When it comes to interviewing, Joe Rogan is exceptionally gifted. He offers an amazing experience to his guests and his listeners. Rogan excels at getting his guests to open up and talk freely about different topics, asks intelligent questions, manages to cope with complex conversations, and allows the guests to speak without interrupting. All these qualities make him the best interviewer.

35.8. How to Listen to Joe Rogan Podcast Without Spotify?

If you don’t have Spotify, you can search Joe Rogan’s official YouTube channel to listen to his podcast. You can search PowerfulJRE or @joerogan and listen to different clips of Joe Rogan podcast.

35.9. When Was Joe Rogan’s First UFC Appearance?

Joe Rogan made his first appearance at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a renowned mixed martial arts promotion, as a backstage interviewer who interviewed participants post-bouts. Rogan’s first UFC fight took place at UFC 12 event: Judgement Day in Dothan. The event was held on February 07, 1997, in Alabama. 

35.10. Joe Rogan’s Daughters

Joe Rogan has two biological daughters. His older daughter, Lola was born in 2008, while his younger daughter Rosy was born in 2010. Joe Rogan also has an adopted daughter, Kayja Rose, who is an upcoming music artist. Though Joe Rogan prefers not to talk about his daughters in public, he has admitted to being high around them.

“People don’t like this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I like to be high around my children. When I’m around my children I’m fascinated by them and things that may be frustrating perhaps if I was sober instead are charming.”

(Joe Rogan told Amanda Fielding, an award-winning psychedelic researcher)

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