The Joe Rogan Experience
|The Joe Rogan Experience|
The podcast's logo.
|Hosted by||Joe Rogan|
|Created by||Joe Rogan|
|Length||Up to 4 hours, approx.|
|Production||Joe Rogan (Occasional)
Brian Redban (2009–2013)
Jamie Vernon (2013–present)
|No. of episodes||962 (as of May 20, 2017)|
|Original release||December 24, 2009 – present|
The Joe Rogan Experience is a free audio and video talk podcast hosted by American comedian, actor, sports commentator, and television host Joe Rogan. The podcast was launched on December 24, 2009 by Rogan and his friend Brian Redban who also produced and co-hosted. Its episodes number almost one thousand and it has become one of the United States' most popular podcasts.
Around 2003, Rogan hired Brian Redban, a self-taught video editor and an employee at a Gateway computer store in Ohio, to work for him full time to film, produce, and edit videos for his website. Redban, a fan of Rogan and comedian Doug Stanhope who had tried stand-up at open mic nights in Ohio, met and befriended the two through the Internet. He then started to produce videos for Stanhope, which led to Rogan offering him trips to film at his own stand-up gigs. Redban accepted Rogan's offer to work with him, and relocated to California in the process, following Rogan with a camera "and recording everything". After several years, Redban later said Rogan's fans wanted more content and delivered faster, and sought new ways to make the lengthy editing process easier and more interactive for the audience. Coupled with his interest in popular live video streaming services of the time, Redban wanted "to do the same thing I was filming, but live", and set up live streams on Justin.tv from the green room at Rogan's comedy gigs. Following several broadcasts, Rogan suggested to host a live stream with Redban from his home and talk to fans in a chat room, using the audio of the video stream as a podcast.
Rogan and Redban recorded the first episode on December 24, 2009, which initially took the form as live weekly broadcast on Ustream with the two "sitting in front of laptops bullshitting". Redban had no prior experience with audio engineering, so he taught himself to operate the mixing board and microphone setups. Early episodes featured a snowflake effect that was incorporated into the video stream that they later revisited in 2015 for one episode. The first guest on the podcast was comedian Ari Shaffir who appeared on the third episode broadcast on January 6, 2010. The podcast had its first sponsor in the sex toy production company Fleshlight, a partnership that began in May 2010 and lasted until mid-2012 when the company claimed it had saturated his market by that time. By August 2010, the podcast was named The Joe Rogan Experience and was recorded several times a week. In May 2011, Rogan secured a deal with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, to have the podcast air on its talk channel The Virus.
The podcast features an array of guests who discuss current events, political views, philosophy, comedy, hobbies and numerous other topics. Among the hundreds of guests to have featured on the podcast are Chris Hadfield, Ronda Rousey, Russell Brand, Sam Harris, James Hetfield, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Burr, Lawrence Krauss and Kevin Smith.
In 2013, Redban started to reduce his time as the podcast's sole producer. He explained in the following year that Rogan had started to record multiple podcasts in a day, "and it got to the point where [Rogan] wanted to keep on going, six, seven hours" which caused too much work for him to handle by himself. As a result, Jamie Vernon was hired as a second producer, initially as Redban's assistant, to fill in, leaving Redban to produce "about half of the episodes". Vernon soon became the sole producer, with Redban subsequently appearing on the podcast as a guest.
The podcast was originally recorded at Rogan's home in California. From November 24, 2011, some episodes were recorded at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, also known as the Deathsquad Studios. Since November 27, 2012, the majority of episodes have been recorded in a private studio that Rogan acquired in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles.
The podcast has become one of the most popular from the United States. In August 2010, nine months after its launch, it entered list of Top 100 podcasts on iTunes. The podcast was voted Best Comedy Podcast of 2012 by users of iTunes. In February 2014, the podcast won a Stitcher Award for Best Overall Show at its 2013 edition of its awards. In January 2015, the podcast was listened to by over 11 million people. By October 2015, it had grown to acquire 16 million downloads a month.
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