Joe Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and former actor and television host. Moreover, Rogan began a career in comedy in August 1988 in the Boston area. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1994, Rogan signed an exclusive developmental deal with Disney and appeared as an actor on several television shows including Hardball and NewsRadio. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as an interviewer and color commentator. Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000. In 2001, Rogan put his comedy career on hold after becoming the host of Fear Factor and would resume his stand-up career shortly after the show’s end in 2006. Since 2009, Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.
Joseph James Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey. His grandfather had moved his family there in the 1940s. He is of three-quarters Italian and one-quarter Irish descent. His father, Joseph, is a former police officer in Newark. Rogan’s parents divorced when he was five; he has not been in contact with his father since he was seven. Rogan recalled: “All I remember of my dad are these brief, violent flashes of domestic violence … But I don’t want to complain about my childhood. Nothing bad ever really happened to me … I don’t hate the guy.” From ages 7 to 11, the family lived in San Francisco, California, followed by a move to Gainesville, Florida when he was eleven. They settled in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, where Rogan attended Newton South High School and graduated from in 1985.
Rogan had no intention of being a professional stand-up comedian and initially considered a career in kickboxing. He was a fan of comedy as a youngster and his parents took him to see comedian Richard Pryor’s film Live on the Sunset Strip, which affected him “in such a profound way. Nothing had made me laugh like that.” Rogan’s friends at his gym and taekwondo school convinced him to have a go at stand-up comedy as he would make jokes and do impressions to make them laugh. At 21, after six months preparing material and practising his delivery, he performed his first stand-up routine on August 27, 1988 at an open-mic night at Stitches comedy club in Boston.
Rogan married Jessica Ditzel, a former cocktail waitress, in 2009. They have two daughters; the first was born in 2008 and the second in 2010. Rogan is also a stepfather to Ditzel’s daughter from a previous relationship. The family lived in Boulder, Colorado before they relocated to Bell Canyon, California where Rogan had lived following early 2003. They purchased a new home in the area for almost $5 million, in mid-2018. He has vitiligo on his hands and feet.
Rogan became interested in jiu-jitsu after watching Royce Gracie fight at UFC 2: No Way Out in 1994. Since 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. He is a black belt under Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado.
- Birth name: Joseph James Rogan
- Date of Birth: August 11, 1967
- Age: 52
- Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
- Medium: Stand-up, podcast, television, film
- Years active: 1988–present
- Genres: Observational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy, cringe comedy, satire
- Subject(s): Recreational drug use, ribaldry, self-deprecation, race relations, marriage, everyday life, parenting, current events, politics, religion
- Spouse: Jessica Ditzel (m since 2009)
- Children: 3
- Relative(s): Gerard Way (cousin)
- Height: 1.71 m
- Movies: Zookeeper, Bright, Venus & Vegas, etc.
- Net Worth: $25 Million
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