Joe Rogan is a martial artist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and color commentator. He is best known for playing Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio, commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as hosting the NBC reality show Fear Factor and The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. His new show, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, premieres on Syfy in July 2013.
In 1981, at age fourteen, Joe Rogan became a practitioner of Kenpo Karate before transitioning to Taekwondo. He eventually gained a 2nd dan black belt. A four-time state champion in Massachusetts, in 1987 he was the USA Taekwondo U.S. Open Champion. In 1996, he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado, eventually earning his black belt. In addition, he holds a black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. Rogan also practiced and competed in kickboxing early in his career.
In 1994, Joe Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team. From 1995 to 1999, he co-starred on the comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. In 2002, he appeared on the episode “A Beautiful Mind” of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend. In 2011, Rogan played his first major character in a movie in the Kevin James movie Zookeeper. He played himself in Here Comes the Boom, an action-comedy starring Kevin James released in 2012.
Joe Rogan began working for the UFC in 1997, making his debut interviewing fighters at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama, before eventually becoming a color commentator for the promotion. He won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards in two occasions as Best Television Announcer. He was also named “MMA Personality of the Year” in the 2011 World MMA Awards.
Joe Rogan has toured as a stand-up comedian and recorded several albums and specials, including Shiny Happy Jihad and Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space.
In 2007, Joe Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage, accusing him of joke thievery. A video of the incident included evidence and supporting comments from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir.
Joe Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006. Rogan returned as the host of Fear Factor in the rebooted edition of the show, which aired December 12, 2011 on NBC.
In 2003, Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope replaced Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla as co-hosts of The Man Show. They continued through the end of the show’s run in 2004.
In December 2009, Joe Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability. The podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, acting and Mixed Martial Arts. Now known as The Joe Rogan Experience, the show is regularly found in the Apple iTunes top 10 overall, was named one of iTunes’ “Best of 2010” audio podcasts in its first year, and won an award for being one of iTunes’ top three comedy podcasts in 2012.
How Joe Rogan Made His Money – Martial Arts, Comedy and Actor
Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million
Birthday: August 11, 1967