Who is Joe Rogan?
Joseph James Rogan was born on the 11th August 1967, in Newark, New Jersey USA, of part-Irish and Italian decent, and is a stand-up comedian and host, but who is probably best recognized for his own podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”. He is also known for being a commentator and interviewer on various types of martial arts competitions, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
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Early Life and Education
Joe Rogan was born to Joseph, who was a police officer, and his wife; however, his parents divorced when he was only five years old. After that, he moved frequently with his mother, from Newark to San Francisco, California, then to Gainesville, Florida, finally settling down in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts. There he went to Newton South High School, from which he matriculated in 1985, then he enrolled in University of Massachusetts Boston, but he quit education as he didn’t find it useful.
While in primary and high school he played baseball, participating in Little League, but soon realized that martial arts were more interesting for him. Thus he began practicing karate and taekwondo at the age of 14, and soon started competing in some of the most prestigious competitions. Five years later, he won the US Open Championship tournament in the lightweight division, and then became a Massachusetts state champion, keeping this title for four years. Parallel with that, he was practicing kickboxing as an amateur; however, he suffered an injury, and retired from competitions at the age of 21.
Early Comedy Career
Joe Rogan was fascinated by stand-up comedy from when he was only four years old, so his parents took him to watch Richard Pryor’s comedy film “Love On The Sunset Strip”, which motivated and inspired him to start producing his own shows. However, when he was in high school, he never considered a career in the entertainment industry, rather he always thought of himself as a professional martial artist, but his friends and colleagues from the gym convinced him to try and create his own stand-up comedy performance, and following retirement from the martial arts, he took a variety of jobs to support himself, while preparing to do his first stand-up comedy performance.
Joe finally did his first stand-up routine at an open-mic night at Stitches comedy club in Boston in August of 1988. While yearning to make a living this way, he tried to watch as many famous and successful comedians as possible in order to improve himself; his greatest influences were Richard Jeni, Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. In the following months, he formulated a new routine and performed in Boston, where he was spotted by talent manager Jeff Sussman, and moved to New York City where he became a full-time comedian, but soon had to move to Los Angeles, California because there were more professional opportunities in there in his field.
Rise to Fame
In 1994, Joe Rogan made his debut national television appearance in the MTV comedy show entitled “Half-Hour Comedy Hour”, after which he signed a contract with the Disney network. This provided him his debut acting role, as Frank Valente in the Fox sitcom “Hardball” (1994), which turned out to be a great experience for him and opened a lot of other opportunities for the development of his career. In the following years, he appeared in several popular sitcoms, such as NBC’s “News Radio”, and performed as a regular at several comedy clubs, such as The Comedy Store in Hollywood.
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Joe managed to unite his two great loves – mixed martial arts and television – in 1997, as he started his new job as a backstage and post-fight interviewer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC); his debut show was at UFC 12: Judgment Day in Dothan, Alabama in February of 1997, and he worked in that position until 2002, when he transferred to the position of color commentator. During this stint, Joe became so successful that he twice won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for the Best Television Announcer, and was named four times MMA Personality of the Year by the World MMA Awards.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) December 18, 2016
“The Joe Rogan Show” and the Comedy Album
Joe’s next major success on television came in 1999 with a contract with Warner Bros. Records, that led him to start planning, realizing his own television sitcom entitled “The Joe Rogan Show” on the Fox channel. Moreover, he released the comedy album “I’m Gonna Be Dead Some Day…” in the following year, adding a considerable amount to his net worth.
To speak further about his career in the entertainment industry, Joe is also known as a host. His first project came in 2001, when he was chosen to host NBC’s show “Fear Factor”. Two years later, he started co-hosting “The Man Show” together with Doug Stanhope, which was aired on the Comedy Central channel until 2004.
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In 2007, Joe’s new comedy special entitled “Shiny Happy Jihad” was released by Comedy Central Record, which received positive critiques. In the following year, he collaborated with Ashton Kutcher on the CBS show “Game Show In My Head”; however, it was short lived.
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Furthermore, Joe managed to win a major role in the 2011 film “Zookeeper”, directed by Frank Coraci, which was followed by guest-starring in the film “Here Comes The Boom” (2012). Afterwards, he got a chance to host his own show entitled “Joe Rogan Questions Everything” on the SyFy network in 2013, increasing further his popularity.
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Joe Rogan Net Worth and Assets
His career started in 1988, and since then he has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known for being a stand-up comedian and host. Thus, according to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Joe’s net worth is over $25 million, with another source of his net worth coming from his successful career as a UFC commentator.
His assets include a house worth $2 million in Calabasas, California, and a 1970 Barracuda car.
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— Sam Tripoli (@samtripoli) April 16, 2018
Life behind the Scene and Body Measurements
When it comes to his personal life, Joe Rogan has been married to Jessica Rogan, a former cocktail waitress, since 2009; the couple has two daughters together. Their current residence is in Bell Canyon, California.
Speaking about his appearance, Joe is 5 feet 8 inches (174 cm) tall and his weight is reputed to be around 190 lbs (86 kgs).
Social Media Presence
In addition to his involvement in the entertainment industry, Joe Rogan is in his spare time active across many of the most popular social media sites, including his official Instagram and Twitter accounts. Moreover, he also has his Facebook page, and has launched his own website, on which he announces his forthcoming projects.