Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan
Rogan performs at a comedy club after UFC 70
Birth name Joseph James Rogan[1]
Born (1967-08-11) August 11, 1967 (age 47)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, presenter, announcer, podcaster, sports commentator
Nationality American
Years active 1988–present
Genres Satire/political satire, blue comedy, observational comedy
Subject(s) Recreational drug use, self-deprecation, race relations, marriage, everyday life, parenting, current events, politics, religion, sports
Influences Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, Terence McKenna, Richard Jeni,[2] Lenny Bruce,[3]
Notable works and roles Joe Garrelli in NewsRadio
Co-Host of The Man Show
Host of Fear Factor
Commentator for the UFC
Author of the Book Space Monkey
Host of The Joe Rogan Experience

Joseph James "Joe" Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, martial artist, sports commentator, and podcaster.[4][5][6] He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hosting the NBC reality show Fear Factor, playing Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio as well as hosting The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. His most recent hosting role on the Joe Rogan Questions Everything premiered on Syfy in July 2013.[7]

Early life

Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts until age seven,[8][9] then San Francisco, California to age 11, and then moved to Gainesville, Florida.[10] He is of Irish and Italian descent.[11] His biological father, a police officer in Newark, has not been in contact with Rogan since he was six years old.[12]



In 1994, he co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team.[13] From 1995 to 1999, he co-starred on the comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City.[14] In 2002, he appeared on the episode "A Beautiful Mind" of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo's boyfriend.[15] In 2011, Rogan played his first major character in a movie in the Kevin James movie Zookeeper.[16] He played himself in Here Comes the Boom, an action-comedy starring Kevin James released in 2012.[17]


Joe Rogan during the UFC Ultimate Fight Night 7 broadcast

Rogan began working for the UFC in 1997, making his debut interviewing fighters at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama, before eventually becoming a color commentator for the promotion.[18] He won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards in two occasions as Best Television Announcer. He was also named "MMA Personality of the Year" in the 2011 World MMA Awards.[19]

Stand-up comedy

Rogan has toured as a stand-up comedian and recorded several albums and specials, including Shiny Happy Jihad, Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space, and Joe Rogan Live from the Tabernacle.[20]

In 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage, accusing him of joke thievery.[21] A video of the incident included evidence and supporting comments from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir.[22]


Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006. Rogan returned as the host of Fear Factor in the rebooted edition of the show, which aired December 12, 2011 through July 16, 2012 on NBC.

In 2003, Rogan and Doug Stanhope replaced Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla as co-hosts of The Man Show.[23] They continued through the end of the show's run in 2004.

In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability.[24] The podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, science, social activism and Mixed Martial Arts.[25] It is now known as The Joe Rogan Experience.

Rogan has an interest in the use of sensory deprivation and the isolation tank.[26] In several videos on YouTube and his own podcast, he describes his personal experiences with isolation tanks and shares his insights into using them for various purposes, such as exploring the nature of consciousness and improving performance, health, wellbeing and creativity.[27][28]

Personal life

Joe Rogan
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Rank 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Blue Belt in Judo
Black Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo
Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado

He lives in Bell Canyon, California and briefly lived in Boulder, Colorado.[29] In 2007, Rogan and his girlfriend had a baby girl.[30] They married the following year.[31] In 2010, Rogan announced the birth of a second child.[32]

Regarding his religious beliefs, Rogan has stated that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a "higher power" such as a god. However, Rogan stated in September 2010, during a guest appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he does not follow any organized religion.[33]

Martial arts

During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15.[34] He soon became the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four consecutive years. By the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship and, as lightweight champion, went on to beat both the middle and heavyweight title-holders to obtain the Grand Championship.[35] He started judo at the age of 20 and after a year of training received blue belt.[36] In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California.[34] He is a black belt in Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,[37] and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado.[38] His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.[34]


Rogan endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign.[39] He is also part of the "Eat What You Kill" movement, which attempts to move away from factory farming and mistreatment of animals reared for food.[40]

One of the recurring themes in his work and life is the use and support of entheogens, such as cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT, toward the exploration and enhancement of consciousness.[41] Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis.[42] He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.[43] Rogan was featured in the History Channel documentary, Marijuana: A Chronic History, as an advocate of legalized medical use of marijuana. He is also the presenter of the 2010 documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule.[44]

Comedy recordings

Awards and recognition

See also


  1. Jump up ^ Rogan, Joe (July 7, 2011). The Joe Rogan Experience Video Blog, Episode 8. Vimeo
  2. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan Experience #496 - Nick Cutter"
  3. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan Experience #463 - Louis Theroux"
  4. Jump up ^ Hyson, Sean. "UFC Host Joe Rogan Trains Like a Fighter". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. Jump up ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 12, 2014). "An Astonishing Mixed-Martial-Arts Podcast". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. Jump up ^ Matthews, Christopher (August 29, 2013). "Drawing Listeners and Advertisers Alike". TIME. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  7. Jump up ^ Stockly, Ed (July 23, 2013). "Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Joe Rogan Questions Everything' on Syfy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  8. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  9. Jump up ^ Schneider, Ryan (December 2002). Joe Rogan. Black Belt
  10. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan Experience, stating cities where he grew up". 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  11. Jump up ^ Rogan, Joe (June 25, 2011). "I'm 3/4 Italian 1/4 Irish." via official Twitter
  12. Jump up ^ "JOE ROGAN TALKS ABOUT Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman". YouTube. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  13. Jump up ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Random House Digital, ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4
  14. Jump up ^ News Radio – Joe Rogan via TBS
  15. Jump up ^ Gonzalez, Erika (April 5, 2002). Now 'Fear' This: Joe Rogan uncensored. Rocky Mountain News
  16. Jump up ^ O'Connell, Sean (July 8, 2011). If he could talk to the animals. Washington Post
  17. Jump up ^ Buan-Deveza, Reyma (April 5, 2011). Charice filming 2nd Hollywood movie with Salma Hayek? ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
  18. Jump up ^ UFC 126: Joe Rogan previews card on ESPN 1100 Accessed on February 4, 2011.
  19. Jump up ^ (February 22, 2012).Fighters Only World MMA Awards 2011.
  20. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan’s new comedy special will be released Dec. 18 exclusively through". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  21. Jump up ^ Raustiala, Kal; Sprigman, Chris (March 30, 2010). The Vigilantes of Comedy. New York Times
  22. Jump up ^ Lussier, Germain (February 15, 2007).Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia face off at comedy club. Times-Herald Record
  23. Jump up ^ Chocano, Carina (August 15, 2003). The Man Show. Entertainment Weekly
  24. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan: Weekly Podcasts Have Begun"
  25. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  26. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan Floatation Tank". YouTube. 2006-08-03. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  27. Jump up ^ The Sensory Deprivation Tank - Joe Rogan on YouTube
  28. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan Talks about the Isolation Tank Experience". YouTube. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  29. Jump up ^ Posted by MileHighGayGuy (2012-07-12). "Mile High Hot Guy: Joe Rogan". MileHighGayGuy. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  30. Jump up ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (July 23, 2008).(Comic Joe Rogan gets into fatherhood, Zen, ultimate fighting. Orange County Register
  31. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan brings trippy humor to Palm Beach Improv". 2009-07-13. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  32. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan accuses rivals of stealing his material". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  33. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan and Rosie Talk 9-11 Conspiracy Theory - The Rosie Show - Oprah Winfrey Network". YouTube. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
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  37. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan gets his 10th Planet black belt",,
  38. Jump up ^ Today, UFC commentator Joe Rogan received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Jean Jacques.... September 17, 2012. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  39. Jump up ^ Bedard, Paul (2011-12-16). "Joe Rogan of 'Fear Factor' Endorses Ron Paul - Washington Whispers". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  40. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan on the "Eat What You Kill" Movement". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  41. Jump up ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  42. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan – Cure for Life",,
  43. Jump up ^ "Joe Rogan flotation tank", YouTube, Aug 3, 2006
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  45. Jump up ^ CC:Stand-up Direct, Joe Rogan - Rocky Mountain High Accessed on 20 December 2014
  46. Jump up ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 30, 2012). "Jan 30 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Gigantic year-end awards issue, best and worst in all categories plus UFC on FX 1, death of Savannah Jack, ratings, tons and tons of news". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA). ISSN 1083-9593

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