Joe Rogan is a comedian, podcaster and all round entertainer. Most famous for his podcast – The Joe Rogan Experience, also famous for being a color commentator for the UFC, for hosting Fear Factor, and much more.
Good comedy – like music, art and film – is an art form. Great stand-up comedy can be as compelling, as awe-inspiring and as much of a rollercoaster as great music or cinema. Some also argue it’s harder to execute great comedy.
What Joe has achieved with his podcast is completely groundbreaking. He talks so openly about important issues – everything from life, careers and politics to drug legalisation, spirituality and self-awareness. He has met with some of the greatest minds to help spread the message of free-thinking and positivity – introducing his listeners to intellectuals, activists, athletes, entertainers and everything in between. Allowing us to get inside the minds of these great people.
Joe’s podcast was a great inspiration for me. It encouraged me to think outside the box, to realise the possibilities when you work hard at something – and to think about what I can do now to make my life better. It also helped me to address my true opinions and true principles – then to live my life by those principles rather than by principles which had been forced on to me by other people. Whether it be teachers, parents, friends, the media etc.
I’d encourage everyone who hasn’t seen Joe’s podcast to check it out.
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Joe started doing stand-up comedy in 1988, with the goal of becoming a stand-up comedian – Joe has continued to rise above and beyond that goal throughout his career.
Joe is someone who has learned how to make a living by doing the things he loves – comedy and martial arts. There is no way he could have predicted that he would commentate for the biggest martial arts organisation in the world nor could he have predicted that 16 million people would download his podcast every month.
You could say it happened by luck. But I don’t believe in luck.
I believe that things have fallen so perfectly in to place for Joe Rogan because he has followed his passions from an early age and he has invested a lot of time in getting better at the things he likes to do. If you do this, then eventually you will become great at those things and you will be able to make a great career from it.
In this post I’ll talk a bit about Joe’s career – what I’ve learned from him and what we can all learn from him. I’ll talk a bit about his comedy, his involvement with Martial Arts as well as some of his ideas and philosophies.
Here are some links so you can check out some of Joe’s content.
Joe’s website – http://joerogan.net
The Joe Rogan Experience – https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerfulJRE
Joe’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/joerogan
Joe first performed stand up in 1988. He decided to take the terrifying walk on stage at the age of 21, mainly as a result of his friends encouraging him to do so.
I’ve watched interviews with Joe where he describes this point in his life. He explains that he was always the guy in the locker-room who would be making people laugh, always easing the tension – just generally cracking jokes. That seems to shine through in his sarcastic style, in his confidence and the way he performs with so much energy – especially when he was younger.
He cites some of his influences and inspirations as Lenny Bruce, Richard Jeni, Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks and probably most importantly Richard Pryor. Joe often describes Richard as possibly the greatest comedian ever. He often tells stories on his podcast about performing before him at the LA Comedy store shortly before he passed away.
Joe’s style is very risque – often profane. Kind of observational too, I suppose.
Earlier in his career he’d use a lot more sexual humour. He’d often go in to detail about some of his dysfunctional realtionships and crazy sexual experiences.
Here’s Joe making a joke about the dilemmas and sexual frustrations of an old millionaire. In a clip from quite early in his career.
Although, at first, his comedy seemed very outrageous and often silly – he has always included very important messages in his comedy: Politics. Religion. Sexuality. Spirituality. Life. Death. Drugs etc.
As he’s matured, his comedy has geared towards these important topics. Talking less about Hugh Hefner’s balls and more about that crazy bitch, Hilary Clinton.
If you know much about Sam Kinison or Richard Pryor you might even see their influence on Joe’s style from what I’ve shown so far.
The way he uses sound effects; facial expressions. The way he screams. Shouts. And how he addresses the audience.
Also his ability to point out the absurdity in almost everything he’s talking about. The way he creates crazy characters. And the way he uses his energy to send audience members from chuckles in to hysterics.
As Joe has matured he has toned down the craziness a little bit. Also since he has such a big following now, I imagine he’s a bit more conscious as to how he comes across on stage. I mean, it’s quite acceptable for an up-and-coming comedian to be making gorilla sex noises and dry-humping a bar stool but it would be a bit concerning from a guy pushing 50.
Although, in saying that, he still does some wacky shit.
I’m not sure if I prefer crazy Joe Rogan from the 90s or more discerning Joe Rogan as you will see in his newer special. But I suppose it doesn’t really matter.
Being an artist is all about evolving and continuing to do something new and throughout your career. As much as I enjoy listening to him grunt and pretend to fuck things I am more interested in what he has to say now.
I’m interested in how he articulates all of his opinions in a comedic way, during his one hour on stage. Hearing him rant about everything that’s really bursting his balls. Instagram. Twitter. YouTube trolls. Scientology. The Government. Parents. Christians. Even his own kids.
That’s a list of a few topics he covers in his new special ‘Triggered’.
So I’ve said pretty much all I have to say about Joe Rogan’s comedy career. I feel bad for repeating this but he’s probably not one of my favourite comedians at the moment, but I really admire what he has been able to do with comedy.
Starting from nothing, he has become one of the most influencial and insightful entertainers out there today. And that is all a result of his stand-up comedy, in my opinion.
If he didn’t do comedy he wouldn’t have gotten the job in the sitcom, NewsRadio. If he didn’t get that job he wouldn’t have become so well known in the 90s. If he wasn’t so well known he probably wouldn’t have been offered the UFC job, the Fear Factor job or half of the acting/hosting roles he has had over the years. He wouldn’t have had the platform on which to build one of the biggest podcasts in the world.
Also, as I’ve stated, I’m really interested to see what he does in the future.
Here is a story about an unexpected turn of events while Joe Rogan was travelling on the road with a famous UFC fighter. Enjoy.
So one theme I’ve tried to continue throughout this post is “Follow Your Passion”. As you should all know by now, Joe is very passionate about martial arts.
In this section I’ll talk about Joe’s background as a martial artist and how he has continued to study the sport despite having a very busy career in entertainment. I’ll also talk about how his knowledge about MMA and his passion for the sport unexpectedly landed him the job as UFC commentator.
Tae Kwon Do
Joe’s martial arts career began in Karate as a young kid and then in Tae Kwon Do. He then dabbled in Kickboxing and later discover Jiu Jitsu. That’s when Joe began to understand the seemingly endless possibilities of martial arts – this was shortly before the first UFC event. A transitional period where different disciplines of martial arts were being combined to make what we know today as ‘Mixed Martial Arts’.
Before this, Joe was a very accomplished national champion in Tae Kwon Do. He also taught the sport at Boston University and at one point had ambitions of competiting in the Olympics. However, there was very little money in the sport. When he began to train in kickboxing -“getting his ass kicked” by people better than him – it became apparent to Joe that Tae Kwon Do was a very specific and limited form of fighting, and that he had become very good at a sport which was in fact almost useless in a real combat situation.
Here is an infamous clip of Joe Rogan winning a Tae Kwon Do fight in a matter of seconds with his signature move – the spinning back kick.
How fucking awesome was that?
Before I move on, here’s another video of Joe teaching that exact kick to UFC legend Georges St Pierre.
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Mixed Martial Arts
When Joe started to train in Jiu Jitsu he become more educated in what real combat actully was, and of all the possible techniques you can use in a fight. This his what led him down the path of Mixed Martial Arts. And this is what led him to the UFC.
Now Joe is a black-belt in Jiu Jitsu and a second degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. He believes any martial artist should be constantly learning and pushing themselves. He also attributes quite a lot of his success to the will power you gain from training and competing in martial arts. The adversity you have to overcome when pushing yourself in such a tough sport can be applied to any life-situation.
Another thing Joe talks about a lot is the use of Martial Arts for meditation. He describes the experience of hitting pads or sparring as an almost-zen-like state. It’s an activity where you must be 100% focused. You can’t be distracted. You can’t be worrying your mortgage repayments. Or your dead-end job. Or the fact that you’re almost 50 and you’ve never been to the Argentina. You must be focused.
He also talks about the importance of exercise, especially violence exercise to relieve stress. What he often refers to as “monkey energy”. The tension that builds up inside us that can only be relieved by hitting something with every ounce of your power and yelling “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!”
Or else all that tension will build up until you might go home and start beating your wife. Or calling homeless people “cunts.”
He didn’t say that.
Here’s a link to Joe’s blog post – “I like to smoke weed and workout”
Joe is regarded by some people as the greatest MMA commentator ever for his work with the UFC – he
‘s also been recognised 4 times as MMA personality of the year at the World MMA awards.
He’s a very insightful commentator and is extremely well-educated in the sport of fighting and has shared most of his knowledge with millions of people through his UFC commentary and through his podcast.
From listening to Joe’s podcast, I also developed a fascination for Mixed Martial Arts, now it’s by far my favourite sport and almost exclusively the only sport I watch. There are some things that Joe has said and some of the guests on his podcast have said which have completely convinced me that it is the ultimate sport out there today.
Now I find myself saying similar stuff to try and get my friends to start watching The UFC.
In no other sport do you see the competitors put everything on the line in a full-on battle for 10, 15, 25 minutes. Most sports consist of a scoring format. A season or competition. Something to prolong the action and achieve a fair result. If you concede a point, you start over. In Mixed Martial Arts you don’t get that chance.
If you make a mistake. You are OUT! There’s no second chance. If they knock you to the ground and you try to get up they will jump on you. They’ll control your arms, control your body, wrap their arms around your neck until you can’t breathe, until your life flashes before your eyes – until you see Jesus.
You may not feel that way just yet, or you may never feel that way. But you can’t deny that MMA is taking over.
That’s the point Joe makes in this interview, where he destroys a boxing promoter on which is the better sport. MMA or boxing?
One thing Joe has become famous for is his philosophy. His podcast has provided the perfect platform for Joe to talk so openly about life and to invite the most intelligent and insightful guests to talk about a wide-range of issues. Everything from careers and education to politics, drugs and spirituality.
I don’t have much to say about Joe’s philosophies, instead I would encourage you to check out his podcast and some of his interviews to see what he has to say.
However, it’s a chapter I had to include as he has a great way of articulating certain opinions he has about life. So I will try to summarise as best I can.
Joe has quite a simple view on life, in my opinion. Which I have touched on throughout this article.
I would say some of Joe’s core principles are to: be nice to the people around you; be yourself and think for yourself. Don’t make excuses; don’t lie to others, don’t lie to yourself etc. etc.
It seems stupid to try and explain this. I’m sure most people would say that they also live by those principles but that’s not the case, I don’t think. I am definitely guilty.
I’m guilty of lying, making excuses, giving in to peer pressure… lots of things. But I know I’m doing it. And I think that is the point Joe is trying to make.
We know what we should do – but we often do the opposite.
We tell ourselves we’re going to change – but we don’t:
There are too many distractions; we are too influenced by our surroundings; we are brainwashed by the media; we have no confidence in ourselves; we try to convince ourselves we’re happy when we know we’re not; we get caught up in a little bubble and neglect the bigger picture; we’re too concerned about our ego that we can’t show appreciation for people or appreciation for things; we are scared to say the wrong thing so we say what people want to hear… I could go on forever, but this post is long enough.
And I’m giving myself a panic attack here.
I suppose those are some of my opinions and principles. Some of those are principles I live by and some I’m still working on. A lot of those are ideas I have picked up from Joe and people like Joe. Some from family etc. It’s pretty obvious stuff but it’s often harder than it seems to actually to put certain ideals in to practice.
If you’re someone who’s trying to overcome all of those distractions then Joe may be a good person to listen to. But he can’t change your life for you.
Again, to learn a bit about Joe Rogan and maybe learn a bit about yourself, I’d encourage you to check out his podcast or just some short videos on YouTube. Also I’ll be writing a lot more posts like this so stay tuned or Subscribe for updates.
Here’s Joe Rogan talking about life.
Again, I don’t feel like I can say much about Joe’s political views. I’d rather let him speak for himself.
I will say though that I agree with almost everything Joe says on the subject of politics.
Joe is not affiliated with any political party or any politician. His views could be described as libertarian, but what does that even mean?
He is of a strong opinion that the American government has become too big and too complex that the concept of political parties is almost irrelevant. In this video you’ll hear him say how no one could do the job of president. There is too much power in the hands of big corporations, therefore no elected politician has the power to make any significant change. Imagine he’d also tell you that most politicians are greedy, money-grabbing, power-hungry indiots anyway. So we’re fucked either way.
Anyway here’s the video.
For a long time, Joe has advocated the use of certain psychoactive drugs – not for recreation use but for the purpose of breaking down sensory barriers, expanding consciousness and to help with self-assessment and introspection.
Of course you do not need psychadelics to achieve this. However, in a world with so many distractions it has become increasingly more difficult to escape these distractions and get in touch with your deepest and most profound thoughts. The drugs he talks about most frequently are cannabis, psilosybin mushrooms and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine).
Joe also advocates these drugs for their medicinal purposes and stresses the importance of drug-legalisation – so people have access to those drugs which may be able to cure their illnesses, also to give scientists more freedom to research in to this field.
On his podcast, Joe invites a number of intellectuals and experts in the field of psychadelics. This has led to some very interesting and often groundbreaking conversations – where they debunk common myths about marijuana and other psychoactive drugs and also talk about the possible benefits if we could educate people on the effects of certain drugs and regulate them to prevent misuse.
Joe’s approach is not uncommon. More and more people are stepping forward to address the misconceptions on cannabis, psylocibin etc. and I believe that in the next 10 years we will see a huge change in drug culture. I believe the information is so undeniable that public consensus will change drastically and the government will have to accept this.
Here’s Joe Rogan talking about Marijuana and DMT.
Again, if you’d like to learn more about Joe’s opinions on drugs then I’d encourage you to check out his podcast.
As I mentioned, we’re becoming aware of many instances of illegal drugs being used to cure illnesses for which pharmaceutical companies have no answer.
Here are three examples of cases where this has happened.
1.) MDMA to cure post traumatic stress disorder and depression.
2.) Cannabis to prevent seizures (also as a natural painkiller, to treat anxiety, arthritis and many other cases.)
3.) Ayahuasca to cure depression, addiction. To help people confront their biggest issues and turn their life around.
I don’t have much to say at this point, it’s pretty much all there.
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If you have read the whole thing, then I congratulate you. I know it’s pretty long. Hopefully you enjoyed the post. If so then please subscribe. Share. Leave a comment. Something like that.
If you didn’t enjoy the post but you still made it this far then I think you should be asking yourself what the fuck you’re doing with your life. You really need to find a hobby. Or a girlfriend.
That’s all folks. Stay tuned.
Joe’s website – http://joerogan.net
Joe’s podcast – https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerfulJRE
Joe’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/joerogan