Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian, actor, sports commentator and game show host. Getting his start in the stand up circuit in the Boston
area in the late 80s, Joe eventually found his way to Hollywood. After a starring in a few failed pilots (that Joe himself describes as awful), he found his first big success in the Newsradio
on NBC, playing Joe Garelli.
Soon, Joe would find other projects while his stand-up career also blossomed. A lifelong martial arts practitioner and aficionado, he was a huge fan of the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts
and got a job as a backstage interviewer for the UFC, eventually moving to the color commentator position alongside Mike Goldberg, although due to the expansion of the UFC and the amount of shows they now put on and his own crazy schedule, now only does the pay per views and the FOX shows. But he's probably most famous for being the host of the Fear Factor
game show on NBC, which he has partial ownership of (and hosted a one-season revival in 2012). He also hosted the much derided last season of The Man Show
with Doug Stanhope.
Joe also does a weekly podcast on his website and several of his stand-up specials have aired on Comedy Central. He currently hosts his own show on SyFy
, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, a show delving into conspiracies and the unknown, with a unique neutral take on the subject, mixing optimistic excitement with leveled skepticism.
Joe Rogan provides examples of:
- Berserk Button:
- Comics who steal material from others. His verbal beatdown of Carlos Mencia at the Comedy Store for this practice was a viral sensation on the net.
- Questionable judging in the UFC.
- Questionable (or any) stand-ups from the ground position (once, epically, during the Randy Couture/Tim Sylvia fight)
- Also, people spilling ice in the cage.
- The frequency of accidental eye pokes during UFC events has led to Rogan railing against the standard open-fingered gloves.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Very interested in the supernatural, advanced science, New Age subjects, sensory deprivation and various conspiracy theories.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Rogan was a skeptic of the moon landings for a while, but has backed off on the position. He now no longer disputes that NASA went to the moon, but still questions the authenticity of some of the video footage. As a rule, doesn't trust anything the government tells him.
- Has taken this hobby to his own show on Syfy, Joe Rogan Questions Everything.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not so much in his stand-up act, but often on his podcast and occasionally during UFC broadcasts.
Joe: (describing the technical aspects of a fight in which the two fighters end up on the ground in the "north south" position, which resembles, well, a 69)... and the people are laughing now because they are children.
- Heterosexual Life Partner: Doug Stanhope. Also his regular opening act Joey Diaz.
- It Will Never Catch On: In the late 90s while he was starring in Newsradio, he was also a backstage interviewer for the UFC (and MMA was barely fringe sport at the time, struggling to stay afloat in the US). Rogan said that his fellow actors and other Hollywood types were completely baffled that he would "waste his time" with the job. Cue the explosion of UFC's popularity in the mid 2000's...
- Money, Dear Boy:
- His reason for doing Fear Factor. Due to being shrewd in his contract negotiation with NBC to host, he ended up with a partial ownership of the show (neither himself or NBC apparently thought the show would be the hit it turned out to be). $20 million later and a revival on the way...
- While Doug Stanhope is the one who said this was true of The Man Show, it's not beyond reason to assume that Rogan felt the same way.
- Sophisticated as Hell
- The Stoner: A very vocal proponent of marijuana. Is also a fan of psychedelics and sensory deprivation.
...His last name is Rogan?