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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 48)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Medium podcaster, presenter, sports commentator, stand-up comedian
Nationality American
Years active 1988–present
Genres Satire/political satire, blue comedy, observational comedy
Subject(s) Recreational drug use, ribaldry, self-deprecation, race relations, marriage, everyday life, parenting, current events, politics, religion
Influences Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, Terence McKenna, Richard Jeni,[2] Lenny Bruce[3]

Joseph James "Joe" Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, actor/host, mixed martial artist, and UFC color commentator.[4][5][6] He is best known for his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, his regular tours performing stand-up comedy, color commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), playing Joe Garrelli on the sitcom NewsRadio, hosting the reality show Fear Factor, as well as the show Joe Rogan Questions Everything.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts until age seven,[9][10] then San Francisco, California to age 11, and then moved to Gainesville, Florida.[11] He is of Irish and Italian descent.[12] His biological father, a police officer in Newark, has not been in contact with Rogan since he was six years old.[13] He briefly attended the University of Massachusetts Boston.



In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team.[14] 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.[15] In 2002, he appeared on the episode "A Beautiful Mind" of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo's boyfriend.[16] In 2011, Rogan played his first major character in a movie in the Kevin James movie Zookeeper.[17] He played himself in Here Comes the Boom, an action-comedy starring Kevin James released in 2012.[18]


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.[19] He has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for Best Television Announcer on two occasions. He was also named "MMA Personality of the Year" three times by the World MMA Awards.[20]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

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.[21]

In 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage, accusing him of joke thievery.[22] A video of the incident included evidence and supporting comments from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir.[23]


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.[24] They continued through the end of the show's run in 2004. His last hosting job was for his own show titled Joe Rogan Questions Everything which aired six episodes, all in 2013.


In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a podcast with concurrent live Ustream and YouTube availability.[25] The podcast features an array of guests in which they discuss current events, political views, philosophy, comedy, hobbies, and numerous other topics.[26] Now titled The Joe Rogan Experience, it is listened to by over 11 million people.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Joe Rogan
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.[28] In 2007, Rogan and his girlfriend had a baby girl.[29] They married the following year.[30] In 2010, Rogan announced the birth of a second daughter.[31]

Martial arts[edit]

During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15.[32] He soon became the Massachusetts full contact taekwondo champion four consecutive years. He started judo at the age of 20 and after a year of training received blue belt.[33] In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California.[32] He is a black belt in Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,[34] and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado.[35] He was also a kickboxer, holding an amateur record of 2-1.[32]


Rogan stated in 2010, during an appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he was raised as a Catholic as a child, having attended Catholic school in the first grade, but has since abandoned following any organized religion.[36] He is highly critical of the Catholic Church and, drawing from his experiences as a former member, believes it is an institution of oppression.[37] Rogan has stated that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a "higher power", such as a god, but no one can know for sure.


Rogan is not affiliated with any political party but has been described as having mostly Libertarian views.[38][39] He endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign and has spoken favorably of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.[40][41]

Rogan strongly supports the legalized use of cannabis and believes it holds numerous benefits.[42] He hosted the documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High[43] and was featured in the History Channel documentary Marijuana: A Chronic History. He also supports the use of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT toward the exploration and enhancement of consciousness, as well as introspection.[44] He was the presenter in the 2010 documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule.[45]

Rogan is an avid hunter and is part of the "Eat What You Kill" movement, which attempts to move away from factory farming and the mistreatment of animals reared for food.[46]

Rogan has an interest in the use of sensory deprivation and the isolation tank.[47] He has stated that his personal experiences with meditation in isolation tanks has helped him explore the nature of consciousness as well as improve performance in various physical and mental activities and overall well-being.[48][49]

Comedy recordings[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rogan, Joe (July 7, 2011). The Joe Rogan Experience Video Blog, Episode 8. Vimeo
  2. ^ "Joe Rogan Experience #496". 
  3. ^ "Joe Rogan Experience #463 - Louis Theroux". 
  4. ^ Hyson, Sean. "UFC Host Joe Rogan Trains Like a Fighter". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 12, 2014). "An Astonishing Mixed-Martial-Arts Podcast". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Christopher (August 29, 2013). "Drawing Listeners and Advertisers Alike". TIME. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Stockly, Ed (July 23, 2013). "Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Joe Rogan Questions Everything' on Syfy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  10. ^ Schneider, Ryan (December 2002). Joe Rogan. Black Belt
  11. ^ "Joe Rogan Experience, stating cities where he grew up". 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  12. ^ Rogan, Joe (June 25, 2011). "I'm 3/4 Italian 1/4 Irish." via official Twitter
  13. ^ "JOE ROGAN TALKS ABOUT Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman". YouTube. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ News Radio – Joe Rogan via TBS
  16. ^ Gonzalez, Erika (April 5, 2002). Now 'Fear' This: Joe Rogan uncensored. Rocky Mountain News
  17. ^ O'Connell, Sean (July 8, 2011). If he could talk to the animals. Washington Post
  18. ^ Buan-Deveza, Reyma (April 5, 2011). Charice filming 2nd Hollywood movie with Salma Hayek? ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
  19. ^ UFC 126: Joe Rogan previews card on ESPN 1100 Accessed on February 4, 2011.
  20. ^ (February 22, 2012).Fighters Only World MMA Awards 2011.
  21. ^ "Joe Rogan’s new comedy special will be released Dec. 18 exclusively through". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  22. ^ Raustiala, Kal; Sprigman, Chris (March 30, 2010). The Vigilantes of Comedy. New York Times
  23. ^ Lussier, Germain (February 15, 2007).Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia face off at comedy club. Times-Herald Record
  24. ^ Chocano, Carina (August 15, 2003). The Man Show. Entertainment Weekly
  25. ^ "Joe Rogan: Weekly Podcasts Have Begun". 
  26. ^ "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  27. ^ "Joe Rogan Podcast". Inquisitor. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  28. ^ MileHighGayGuy (2012-07-12). "Mile High Hot Guy: Joe Rogan". MileHighGayGuy. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  29. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (July 23, 2008).(Comic Joe Rogan gets into fatherhood, Zen, ultimate fighting. Orange County Register
  30. ^ "Joe Rogan brings trippy humor to Palm Beach Improv". 2009-07-13. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  31. ^ "Joe Rogan accuses rivals of stealing his material". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  32. ^ a b c "Joe Rogan". 18 December 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  33. ^ "Joe Rogan". Č Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  34. ^ "Joe Rogan gets his 10th Planet black belt",,
  35. ^ Today, UFC commentator Joe Rogan received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Jean Jacques.... September 17, 2012. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  36. ^ "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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  39. ^ Joe Rogan podcast with Gavin McInnes
  40. ^ Bedard, Paul (2011-12-16). "Joe Rogan of 'Fear Factor' Endorses Ron Paul - Washington Whispers". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  41. ^ "Joe Rogan on Twitter". Twitter. 
  42. ^ "Joe Rogan – Cure for Life",,
  43. ^ "Joe Rogan flotation tank", YouTube, Aug 3, 2006
  44. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  45. ^ westside-surfer (1 September 2014). "DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  46. ^ "Joe Rogan on the "Eat What You Kill" Movement". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  47. ^ "Joe Rogan Floatation Tank". YouTube. 2006-08-03. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  48. ^ The Sensory Deprivation Tank - Joe Rogan on YouTube
  49. ^ "Joe Rogan Talks about the Isolation Tank Experience". YouTube. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  50. ^ CC:Stand-up Direct, Joe Rogan - Rocky Mountain High Accessed on 20 December 2014
  51. ^ 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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