Who is Joe Rogan?
Born Joseph James Rogan on the 11th August 1967, Joe is an American stand-up comedian, television show and podcast host, mixed martial artist, and businessman. He became known through hosting the reality show “Fear Factor”, his work as a color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and for hosting the very successful podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
Joe Rogan’s Early Life
Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey, of a quarter Irish and three-quarters Italian descent. His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he hasn’t seen his dad since he was seven. He and his family moved to various locations while he was growing up, so he lived in San Francisco, California, Gainesville, Florida, and Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.
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Rogan attended Newton South High School where he fell in love with various sports. He joined Little League Baseball, and enjoyed various kinds of martial arts, including karate, taekwondo and kickboxing, even competing in the sport, but had to retire when he turned 21 after experiencing severe headaches. Rogan also attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston but decided to drop out before he graduated.
Joe Rogan’s Career in Stand-up Comedy
Rogan’s career started in the late ‘80s, when his friends at his sports school convinced him to be a stand-up comedian, after he made them laugh with his funny antics and impersonations. At the age of 21, he performed for the first time as a stand-up comedian at Stitches comedy club’s open-mic night; although he fell in love with performing, he also continued to maintain other jobs, including teaching martial arts at Boston University, driving a limousine, delivering newspapers, working in construction, and for a private investigator. His early years helped train his character, and also established his net worth.
In 1990s, Rogan became a frequent performer in various strip clubs and bachelor parties, thanks to his style of blue comedy. Once he became confident of his skills, he decided to move to New York to become a full-time comedian.
Joe Rogan as an Actor
In 1994, Rogan moved to Los Angeles to chase more opportunities. He debuted on television when he appeared in MTV’s “Half-Hour Comedy Hour.” The network initially offered him a three-year exclusive contract, but he declined and searched for better opportunities, accepting a developmental deal with the Disney Network that led him to his first acting role – he appeared in the sitcom “Hardball” playing the role of Frank Valenter, an ego-centric player in a pro baseball team, but after appearing for a year, he left the show.
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Rogan next starred as electrician and handyman Joe Garrelli, in the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio”, who works for the station, staying with the show from 1995 to 1999. The success of the show helped catapult him to success, and also increased his wealth immensely.
Joe Rogan as a Host
Rogan is also a talented host; he got his first professional gig in 1997 when he worked as a backstage and post-fight interviewer for the UFC; his expertise and personal experience in mixed martial arts made him a perfect for the job.
Although Rogan enjoyed it at first, the low salary made him quit, as it did not even cover the travel expenses that the job entailed, but two years later he returned, when new president Dana White, offered him a new position, this time as a color commentator working alongside Mike Goldberg. Rogan’s work earned him a couple of awards, including the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Television Announcer twice. He was also named the MMA Personality of the Year four times given by the World MMA Awards, and the success of the show based around his incredible talent as a host, also helped increase his net worth. He worked for the UFC until 2016.
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In 2001, Rogan also became the host of the American edition of “Fear Factor.” Although he initially thought the show would be cancelled, the reality competition became a success and gained him national exposure. He hosted the show until 2006 until it was cancelled, to be revived in 2011, but in 2012 again cancelled, although its success also significantly helped his wealth.
Joe Rogan’s Podcast
Rogan’s talent as a comedian and host also came in handy when he launched his own podcast show in 2009, with friend Brian Redban and streamed live on Ustream. The following year, they renamed the show “The Joe Rogan Experience”, and it became one of the Top 100 podcasts on iTunes. In 2011 their show was picked up by SiriusXM Satellite Radio, itand became an instant hit, received positively by fans and critics. They covered various topics ranging from politics, movies, comedy and hobbies, and regularly invited a couple of guests as well.
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In 2016, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was downloaded 16 million times each month, making it one of the most successful and most popular free podcasts available. The success of the show also helped in increasing Rogan’s wealth.
Joe Rogan’s Net Worth
As of 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Rogan’s net worth is reported to be over $6 million, acquired from his years working as a comedian, host and actor.
Joe Rogan’s Personal Life
In terms of his personal life, since 2009 Rogan has been married to Jessica Ditzel, an actress and reality television star, and they have two daughters together. He also became a stepfather to his wife’s children from her previous relationships. They now reside in Bell Canyon, California.
Rogan is also a philanthropist to certain causes. He supports the legalization of using cannabis, believing that it has certain benefits. He is also an avid hunter, and supports the “Eat What You Kill” movement, which supports the avoidance of factory farming and mistreatment of animals.