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Joe Rogan is an American podcaster, UFC color commentator, actor, comedian and television presenter. He is best known for his work with the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a color commentator and interviewer. Currently, he is famous because of his immensely popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which has become one of the most popular podcasts in the world.
|Joseph James Rogan
|Newark, New Jersey, United States
|Podcaster, Color Commentator,
Comedian, Actor, Television Presenter
|Nеt Wоrth іn 2022:
Joseph James Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey, the US on August 11th, 1967. Joseph’s father is a police officer in Newark City. His parents were divorced when he was five and moved around a lot during his early childhood with his family, settling in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, outside Boston. There he graduated in 1985 from Newton South High School.
Joe Rogan developed an interest in martial arts in his early teens. He took up Karate when he was 14, and a year later started Taekwondo. He also dabbled in amateur kickboxing but retired at the age of 21 after suffering from severe headaches and fearing he might sustain serious injuries. He is also a black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is married to Jessica Ditzel, with whom he has two daughters.
Stand-up and acting career
- Rogan got into stand-up comedy due to the insistence of his friends from the gym and taekwondo school. He used to make people laugh with his impressions and jokes.
- He performed his first stand-up act in a Stitches comedy club in Boston on an open mic night in August 1988. He did many other jobs while also working on his stand-up comedy.
- He signed up a talent manager Jeff Sussman as his manager when the latter saw his routine at a comedy club in Boston.
- In 1990, he moved to New York but was “scratching and grinding” for money as a full-time comedian in those early days.
- In 1994, Joe secured his first major acting role in the Fox sitcom Hardball as Frank Valente. He also started performing at The Comedy Store about the same time. He performed at the club for the next thirteen years.
- In 1995, Joe Rogan was cast as Joe Garrelli, an electrician and handyman in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He starred in the show from 1995 to 1999.
- In 1997, Rogan started working as a backstage and post-fight interviewer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He quit after two years on account of salary issues.
- In 1999, Joe Rogan secured a three-album deal with Warner Bros. Records. He also started making tentative plans to star in his own prime-time televised sitcom titled The Joe Rogan Show. The same year, he recorded the first stand-up comedy album that got him a lot of national exposure.
- In 2001, UFC was taken over by Zuffa, whose new president Dana White became friends with Joe. In 2002, White hired Rogan for free in exchange for prime event tickets for him and his friends. Rogan accepted to pay for the job after fifteen free shows and worked until the end of 2016.
- Rogan won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Television Announcer twice and was named MMA Personality of the Year four times by the World MMA Awards.
- In 2001, he also started hosting the American edition of the stunt/dare game show, Fear Factor. He hosted the show from 2001 to 2006 which got him a lot of exposure in the television industry.
- In 2002, he appeared in an episode of Just Shoot Me. He was also the emcee for the 2002 Blockbuster Hollywood Spectacular, a Christmas parade in Hollywood.
- In 2003, Joe started hosting The Man Show on Comedy Central for its fifth season with Doug Stanhope. He left the show on creative differences.
- After Fear Factor, he refocused his energies on his comedy career. He hired full-time staff and started releasing clips on his website for his JoeShow web series.
- In 2005, he filmed his second stand-up comedy special, Joe Rogan: Live, in Phoenix, Arizona, which premiered on Showtime in 2007.
- In 2007, his fourth comedy special, Shiny Happy Jihad, was released by Comedy Central Records.
- In 2009, Joe hosted the short-lived CBS show Game Show in My Head.
- In 2011, Joe Rogan came back as the host of Fear Factor for the seventh and last season of the show. In the same year, he starred in the movie Zookeeper.
- In 2012, he appeared as himself in Here Comes the Boom. He also released his sixth comedy special Live from the Tabernacle.
- In 2013, Rogan hosted the show Joe Rogan Questions Everything. It ran for six episodes.
The Joe Rogan Experience
Joe started his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience back in 2009 with his friend and fellow comedian Brian Redban. In 2010, it entered the list of Top 100 Podcasts on iTunes.
In 2011, the podcast was picked up by SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
The main feature of the podcast is the discussion on various topics, ranging from politics to philosophy to comedy. Episodes feature different guests who take part in these discussions.
In 2020, he signed a multi-year licensing deal with Spotify worth an estimated $100 Million, making it one of the largest licensing agreements in the podcast business.
Net Worth Of Joe Rogan
As of 2022, Joe Rogan’s net worth is estimated to be around $120 Million. He earns approximately $60 million per year. His current net worth and monthly income is thanks to his multiple ventures and gigs.
It was speculated that Joe was currently earning approximately $20 Million per year from his podcast, sponsor reads and YouTube revenue, before signing a massive deal with Spotify. In 2017, he was earning an estimated $5 million from his podcast.
In February 2022, it was revealed that his deal with Spotify amounts to $200 million over 3 years. This means that he is earning about $60 million per year from that deal alone. This amount is estimated after excluding the production costs.
He is also earning from his UFC job as a color commentator and interviewer. In addition to that, he also performs stand-up comedy shows. Rogan has also earned millions thanks to his hosting job for the world-famous show Fear Factor, which he hosted from 2001 to 2006.
- Joe Rogan has become quite controversial during the past few years. Some of his notable controversies include the following:
- In 2020, he said he’d rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden. This led to a fierce campaign on Twitter against him but didn’t sway his usual supporters. But the same year he angered his usual fanbase by saying video games are a waste of time.
- In 2021, Rogan made false remarks about COVID-19 vaccines, in particular claiming that young, healthy people do not need to be vaccinated against the virus.
- He was also criticized for endorsing ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19, which is actually an anti-parasitic drug. Spotify has been contacted multiple times with concerns regarding his podcast and the spread of misinformation.
- Joe has been criticized by many fellow comedians and media personalities for using obscene language and racist remarks.