Joe Rogan: Who Was He Before JRE?


“The Joe Rogan Experience” (JRE) podcast was launched in 2009. Years later, it became one of the most-listened podcasts in the world. Then in 2020, Spotify got exclusive distribution rights to JRE. There is no denying that this podcast is now one of the most successful in the industry, especially with his Joe Rogan UFO discussions.

Yet many are asking who Joe Rogan was before the JRE became a huge hit. A lot of people didn’t know that Joe Rogan had already established himself as a versatile and multi-talented individual before JRE happened. He already had a solid career in comedy, acting, and commentary.

Stand-Up Comedy

Joe Rogan is considered to be one of the pillars of stand-up comedy in the United States. His stand-up comedy career started in the late 80s. He is unique and fearless which gained popular attention. His comedy would often incorporate personal anecdotes, his opinions and observations on society, and commentary on a wide range of subjects. He would later on perform in numerous comedy clubs and other venues all across the U.S.

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MMA Commentator

It was in 1997 when Rogan started his backstage interview for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This led him to further his passion for mixed martial arts (MMA). He, later on, became the color commentator for various UFC events in 2002.

Acting and Television Career

When he bagged the role of Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” Rogan started to become more recognized. In the mid-90s, the show became a way for him to be introduced to a broader audience. Rogan also appeared in television shows. He appeared on “Hardball” and also hosted the reality TV show “Fear Factor” from 2001 – 2006.

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Radio and Broadcasting

Even before he became the host of JRE, Rogan already had a hosting job on a radio show called “The Joe Rogan Experience.” The podcast only started in December 2009. Through JRE, Rogan is free to explore his interests. He was also allowed to engage in unscripted conversations and debates with his guests from all walks of life, talking about topics that pique the audience’s interest.

Joe Rogan’s Success Before JRE

It cannot be denied that “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast is now one of the most successful these days. But sure enough, he was able to make JRE a successful one thanks to his diverse background in comedy, acting, commentary, and sports, specifically martial arts. His life experiences have made him the successful man that he is today.