“He Was So Tanned… He Didn’t Talk Like a Comic”: Rookie Joe Rogan Got Under the Skin of Many Comedians, Recalls His Friend C.K. Louis

Published 01/25/2023, 5:28 AM EST
PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on September 1, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

Joe Rogan is one of the pioneers of the podcast world. His deal with Spotify is considered one of the most money-making deals in the podcast world. Apart from being a podcaster, Rogan has also been a comedian and a commentator with the UFC. As a young upcoming comedian, Joe Rogan was a handsome guy who controlled power on the stage. C.K Louis, who is a friend and fellow comedian, has revealed how he was ‘threatened’ when a handsome Rogan came into the comedy scene. Louis was talking to Theo Von on his show ‘This Past weekend with Theo Von”. Theo Von’s YouTube channel has almost 1.3 Million subscribers.

Theo Von asked Louis about his initial days with Rogan in the Boston comedy scene. In reply, Louis went down memory lane and remembered a young Joe Rogan who was a couple of years younger than him. Louis fondly remembered how Rogan was a good-looking comedian with a good stage presence.

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Joe Rogan was hot property

Remembering a young Joe Rogan Louis said, it wasn’t just his looks, it was just he had this confidence, yeah and he’s from I we grew up in the same town. I’m from Newton Massachusetts, he grew up there too. So I went to Newton North High School, he went to Newton South both Public Schools, but he was kind of fancier.”

“He was so tanned, oh he looked the dude looks great yeah and he was just like a dude like he didn’t talk like a comic. He talked about  f***** chicks and he talked about being getting being hot and getting laid or whatever uh, I could see that he had a power on stage.”

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Rogan took to comedy in 1988, but before that, he had been training in martial arts. He accepts that martial arts gave him confidence and awareness of what he was capable of.

Rogan and his versatile career

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Only a few fans would know that Joe Rogan was not just into martial arts. He had taken to baseball as a sport when he was young. He participated in ‘Little League Baseball’ but developed an interest in martial arts in his teens. Rogan then moved to comedy and was featured in Disney shows like ‘NewsRadio’ and ‘Hardball’. Rogan became the voice of the UFC as well. He was also seen on the popular reality show ‘Fear Factor’ from 2001 to 2006.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – MAY 07: Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator, Joe Rogan during UFC 274 at Footprint Center on May 07, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rogan, however, saw ultimate success when he started his podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ in 2009. By 2015, the podcast had grown into the most popular podcast. Once Rogan signed the $200 million deal with Spotify, he became the king of podcasts.

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Akshay Pallav

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Akshay Pallav is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his undergraduation from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Apparel Production, he has been a sports enthusiast all his life and has several medals at the University level across multiple sports including basketball, badminton, track and field. He aspires to interview Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo someday.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu

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