Popular American standup comedian, Joe Rogan is a well-known sports commentator as well. Fans can watch him at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events where he works as a color commentator and at his much-loved stand-up gigs. He gained more attention when he started hosting the popular reality show, Fear Factor, but he is best known for his stand-up performances. Rogan ventured into comedy back in 1988 and found a lot of appreciation for his comedic skills and natural humor. He has released several comedy specials since he stepped in this field. Rogan tried his luck in television as well and hosted several TV shows. In 2009, he launched his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience which is downloaded 16 million times a month, making it one of the most popular in the nation. Doing what he loves best he never left his standup roots and is still busy touring across the US. Catch him live by getting Joe Rogan tickets.
Joe Rogan came from a broken home. His parents divorced when he was only five and his father never maintained any contact with him. As a child, Rogan was more interested in martial arts than comedy. He learnt karate when he was only fourteen and got a black belt in Taekwondo and went as far as to win a national championship in the sport. He became a champion in the sport and assumed the responsibility of being an instructor. Going by how good he was at it, anyone would have thought that he would make a career in sports, but destiny had other plans. Rogan also went for kickboxing, but due to injuries he decided to quit.
Though he was always fond of comedy, he had never thought of taking it up as a career. He was quite impressed with Richard Pryor’s live performances, which he says always made him laugh. The comedian cites Richard Jeni, Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks as his inspirations. Rogan’s friends and acquaintance loved his sense of humor and the impressions he did and would often ask him to try his luck at stand-up comedy. And that is what he did.
Behind the Scenes Story
Rogan didn’t have it easy. Behind a successful career lies the story of his endless struggle and a lot of hard work. He was 21, when he started doing stand-up routines along with several other odd jobs to support himself. At one point he was doing comedic routines, teaching martial arts, delivering newspapers, working as a construction worker and also as a private investigator, just to be financially stable. It just goes to show that the man knows how to push himself. Thus, it comes as no surprise that his resolve and resilience, complimented by his talent took him places.
1988 –Joe’s Breakthrough and Early Career
His hard work finally began to pay off when his blue comedy style started finding appreciation and got him more gigs at clubs and parties. It was at one of these gigs when he was trying out his new comedy routine that talent manager, Jeff Sussman spotted him and was immediately impressed. Sussman became his manager and in pursuit of a being a professional comedian Rogan moved to New York City.
In 1994, when Rogan relocated to Los Angeles, he found several lucrative job opportunities. He got his first national television spot on the MTV comedy show, ½ Hour Comedy Hour. After it more TV roles followed and he also got the opportunity to work with Disney on the sitcom Hardball in which he starred as a baseball player.
It was in the late 90s that UFC hired him and since then he has been a regular at their live shows. In 1999, Rogan came up with his first stand-up comedy album “I'm Gonna Be Dead Some Day...” which was released in August 2000.
It was in 2001 that he got the offer to host NBC’s Fear Factor. Initially hesitant if such a program could ever be aired, Rogan refused the offer, but was convinced by his manager to think otherwise. The decision to take it up proved to be a sensible one as Rogan’s national exposure impacted his stand-up gigs positively. As the viewership of his TV show increased, so did his fan following. The larger turnouts at his stand-up shows proved that he was loved by many and was indeed a comedy star whom people wanted to see perform live.
Rogan used his hard earned money from Fear Factor to film his second stand-up comedy special “Joe Rogan: Live, in Phoenix, Arizona” that premiered on Showtime in 2007.
In 2009, Rogan launched a free podcast with Brian Redban that was renamed as The Joe Rogan Experience, a year later. It made it to the list of Top 100 podcasts on iTunes and is one of the most popular free podcasts.
Currently, he is not only hosting UFC, but also acting and doing stand-up gigs. Rogan enjoys a net worth of $23 million.
Honors and Achievements
Rogan is the winner of World MMA Awards, which he has won four times. He was honored with the title of Best Television Announcer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2010 and 2011.
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The multi-talented Rogan is always on the move, pushing the boundaries, doing tours, stand-up gigs, hosting shows and more. The comedian is not the one to sit idle so while he is busy performing live comedy routines, it is your chance to see him perform live. Tickets to his shows are always in demand. You can check for Joe Rogan ticket prices from the inventory and get the one that suits you. The experience will be worth every penny.