5 Things You Didn’t Know About Joe Rogan

Published 11/17/2020, 10:06 AM EST
PASADENA, CA – APRIL 17: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on April 17, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images)


Joe Rogan is one of the best MMA analysts in the world. He has been associated with the UFC for over two decades now, since 1987. He is primarily known for his commentary role with the UFC. Besides, he is a very famous comedian and is the host of one of the most famous podcasts in the world, the Joe Rogan Experience.

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Though he is primarily known for MMA commentary and podcast hosting, Rogan has many qualities that are not known to many. Here, we take a look at the top 5 things you didn’t know about Joe Rogan.

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1. Joe Rogan was once an actor

Back in the day, Joe Rogan was an actor, even starring in Disney ventures. In his acting career, he appeared in nine television shows and eight different movies, mostly playing himself on screen. His acting career isn’t as famous or widely touted as his podcast or commentary career. But Joe Rogan had some notable roles in his short acting career, appearing in shows like Hardball and NewsRadio.

2. Joe Rogan is Tae Kwon Do grand champion and a college dropout

Joe Rogan was a Tae Kwon Do grand champion. He started martial arts at the tender age of 14. Though he started with Karate, he entered Tae Kwon Do competitions. By the age of 19, he won a US Open tournament as a lightweight. But by the age of 21, he quit entering professional competitions as he wanted to avoid permanent health and brain damage. Instead, he decided to pursue a career in comedy.

Joseph James Rogan attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston. But back in that time, he was busy pursuing his career in comedy and was working as a martial arts teacher to help support himself. So, he decided to drop out of college, as he believed college students lacked the much-needed real-life experience.

Further, he thought that college was hampering his comedy career because they didn’t have the needed exposure to understand his performance style. So, he decided to drop out of college.

3. Rogan was the host of Fear Factor and got into an infamous brawl

In 2001, Joe Rogan signed with American Television show Fear Factor as a host. During his time in the show, Rogan infamously got into a brawl with a contestant.

The contestant, who had a previous record of anger issues, confronted Joe Rogan due to a disagreement. Joe tried to calm him down and manage the situation. But the contestant kept on pushing him, and after a point, Rogan grabbed the contestant by the head. Fortunately, with the help of other participants, the situation got handled, and things de-escalated fairly quickly.

“The guy got in my face. There’s a lot of it that wasn’t on film, they didn’t put it on TV. But, I pushed him out of my face. He said, ‘Don’t push me!’. I said, ‘Or what, b*tch?!’. I [thought] this is just too tense. I’m just gonna grab this guy. I’m not getting punched in the face. I just grabbed him, I didn’t hurt him.”

Joe was aware that he could have been sued if he had hurt the participant.

“I thought he was gonna hit me! I didn’t hurt him, I was thinking of choking him. But I was like, I better not choke him. Because if I choke him, you know, maybe they could sue me.”

4. Joe Rogan owns his own clothing line

Back in 2010, Joe Rogan launched his own clothing line, naming it Higher Primate. Rogan justified the naming of his clothing brand, saying, “We are all just monkeys on an organic spaceship flying to the Universe.”

The clothing mainly features monkeys or freak parties. Further, he also has merchandise of his famous JRE podcast.

5. He smokes weed and uses psychedelic drugs

Joe Rogan is a longtime user of weed. Although, according to Rogan himself, he didn’t start smoking weed until the age of 30.

He is also known to be a great supporter and user of psychedelic drugs, especially DMT and acid. He even narrated a documentary called “DMT The Spirit Molecule.”

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He even explained his experience of being high on DMT in one of his podcasts.

From being a podcast host to a color commentator, an MMA analyst, an actor, a stand-up comedian, Joe Rogan is a man of many qualities.

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Which of these roles stand apart to you as his most famous endeavor?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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