The multimedia journalist under review is not a known, or professional, journalist in any sense of the word. But that is the day we live in, the terms of words are now locked into a battlefield of gray area, vying for a place and position in all of our hearts and minds.
Joseph James “Joe” Rogan was born August 11, 1967, and is considered a multimedia journalist because of his efforts as an American podcaster, sports commentator, and stand up comedian. This triad demonstrates he is well versed in multimedia newscasting, even moreso than the citizen journalist.
Rogan is the host of his own podcast titled The Joe Rogan Experience, a weekly talk show where he converses with people from various backgrounds. Also a comedian, he began performing stand up comedy in 1989 and still performs regular tours to this day. Rogan has worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 1997, and is now a play by play commentator for the franchise. In addition, Rogan has had roles on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio and was the host of reality shows Fear Factor and Joe Rogan Questions Everything.
Rogan began performing stand-up comedy in 1989 and has since recorded several comic albums and specials, including Shiny Happy Jihad, Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space, and Joe Rogan Live from the Tabernacle.
In 1994, 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, a MMA action-comedy starring Kevin James. Rogan strongly supports the legalized use of cannabis and believes it holds numerous benefits. He hosted the documentary film The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, and was featured in Marijuana: A Chronic History and The Culture High. He also supports the use of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT toward the exploration and enhancement of consciousness, as well as introspection. He was the presenter in the 2010 documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
He has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for Best Television Announcer on two occasions. He was also named “MMA Personality of the Year” four times by the World MMA Awards.
Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show, from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006. In 2003, Rogan and Doug Stanhope replaced Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla as co-hosts of The Man Show. His last hosting job was in 2013, titled Joe Rogan Questions Everything and aired six episodes.
In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a podcast with live Ustream and YouTube availability. The podcast features an array of guests who discuss current events, political views, philosophy, comedy, hobbies and numerous other topics. Now titled The Joe Rogan Experience, there are over 11 million listeners.
Filmography: Comedy recordings:
I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)
Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)
Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)
Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)
Talking Monkeys in Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records
Live from the Tabernacle (Digital Download) (December 18, 2012)
Rocky Mountain High (Comedy Central Direct) (2014)