“He Kind of Opens That Mic Like Larry Did”: “Smarter” Joe Rogan “Earned” Legendary Larry King Comparison According to Fellow Comedian

Published 05/23/2023, 12:14 PM EDT

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Few internet personalities in the huge world of podcasts have achieved the level of impact and popularity that Joe Rogan has. The UFC commentator has carved out a distinctive niche for himself with his highly acclaimed podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” In addition, his podcast draws millions of listeners and guests from a variety of backgrounds.

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The success of Rogan‘s podcast has led to a massive $200 million contract with Spotify. He engages in in-depth talks with a wide range of guests on each episode, from eminent scientists and thinkers to Hollywood stars and athletes. With nearly 2000 episodes, Rogan has reached out to a variety of audiences and drawn listeners with a range of interests. Fellow comedian Bill Maher recently praised Joe Rogan and even compared him to the legendary TV host Larry King.

Bill Maher compares Joe Rogan to Larry King

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Bill Maher termed Rogan as the “Larry King of his generationduring an episode of his podcast, ‘Club Random with Bill Maher’. In a conversation with comedian Kathy Griffin, the topic of Larry King came up. Talking about it, Maher expressed his belief that every generation has its own version of the iconic interviewer.

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While acknowledging the differences between Rogan and King, Maher highlighted the vast audience that Rogan commands. According to Maher, Rogan’s popularity surpasses even King‘s reach in terms of sheer numbers.

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“I would argue that Joe Rogan is not like Larry King, but every generation has its own iteration of that. And certainly, there are differences, but huge audience. Bigger than Larry King ever was.”

Maher highlights similarities between Joe Rogan and Larry King

Maher’s comparison of Rogan and King carries weight due to their shared ability to conduct interviews in an informative manner. According to the comedian, King was known for his ability to extract intriguing insights from his guests, often adopting a laid-back and conversational approach. Similarly, Rogan‘s podcast also allows guests to freely express their thoughts and ideas without feeling the pressure of confrontation.

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“What Joe does, he kind of opens that mic like Larry did. Elon Musk will do that show and like the biggest people in the world because they know of the reach. And I just think also Joe earned that. It’s like this is just a regular guy smarter than the average bear.”

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Maher noted Rogan‘s willingness to give a platform even to those deemed controversial or outside the mainstream. According to Maher, this sets Rogan apart from the establishment and resonates with a broad audience.

Interestingly, Rogan and King had a chance to collaborate on the “UFC Unfiltered 16” podcast episode. What do you think about this comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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