“My Mom Told Me I Wasn’t Funny”: Standup Comedian Joe Rogan Reveals His Mother’s Take on His Humor

Published 12/28/2022, 11:30 AM EST

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Joe Rogan has a lot of experience in stand-up comedy. The UFC Commentator set the stage on fire with his witty material. One of the most important assets for a stand-up comedian is their spontaneity. And Rogan has the quick-wittedness to come up with something clever on the stage. In a recent episode of his podcast, The BJJ Black belter discussed who’d be good at comedy. He immediately thought someone like Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk would be great at comedy. But, on the flip side, there are some who might never make it. Rogan gives a reality check to most aspiring stand-up comedians, in his own way.

Joe Rogan had some advice for stand-up comedians

In episode #1915 of JRE, the veteran UFC commentator shared an extremely personal conversation between himself and his mother. When he spoke to comedian BJ Simpson about the people who are fit to do stand-up comedy, Rogan remembered that all advice is not expert advice. But, in the case of the 55-year-old, the advice came from his own mother. Who revealed that he was not funny.


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Rogan shared “My mom told me I wasn’t funny.” and laughed about it. But he tried to express that one can’t listen to everyone’s advice.

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“You can’t listen to all those people…”

Because, if he accepted his mother’s statement. And never challenged his ability to do comedy. We’d never witness the rise of Joe Rogan, and his subsequent career as a podcaster. But, since he took the gamble, it paid off in the end.

Stand-up comedy is more than excellent material

The JRE host shared some tough advice. Stand-up is an excellent profession to spread laughter and make someone’s day. Almost anyone out there, with a good sense of humor, can become a great stand-up artist.


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But, BJ Simpson argued that some people have an exceptional talent for writing wonderful material. However, they do not have the charisma to make it work on stage. They become comedy writers. But, in Rogan’s experience, many writers showed up on stage one day and killed it.

“Yeah, but they write and they go on stage sometimes and kill.”

But, stand-up is not for those who clearly do not have a single funny bone in their body.


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Vulligundam Ruthwik

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Vulligundam Ruthwik is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Ruthwik has completed his Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Joseph’s in Hyderabad.

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