Joe Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American comedian, actor and longtime color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Rogan is also known for his role as Joe Garrelli in NewsRadio and as host on the TV game/reality program Fear Factor. He also co-hosted the final season of The Man Show.
Conflicts with other Comedians
Rogan has been an outspoken critic of comedic plagiarism. For example, on February 10, 2007 at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Rogan argued on-stage with Carlos Mencia, accusing him of plagiarizing other comedians' work. According to Rogan's account, he had just finished his act and introduced the next performer, Ari Shaffir, as a comedian who opens for "Carlos Men-steal-ia". Mencia took offense and walked on the stage. Rogan then accused him of stealing jokes and falsely portraying himself as a Mexican American. The Comedy Store later canceled Rogan's shows. The entire incident was filmed as part of filming for Rogan's internet reality show, JoeShow. It was then made available to watch or download at numerous websites, including Rogan's.
According to Rogan, he is currently banned from the Comedy Store for violating the club's request that he not film his internet reality show there. According to Rogan, his agent and publicity firm (who also represents Mencia) demanded that he either apologize to Mencia or else be dropped from the agency. He chose to leave the agency. Rogan has also strongly criticized Denis Leary for plagiarizing Bill Hicks.
One of the recurring themes in his stand-up comedy and life is the use and support of cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT. Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis. He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. He has an isolation tank in his basement, which many believe fosters the body's natural production of DMT.
On May 21, 2008, Rogan announced on the Kevin and Bean radio show in Los Angeles that his girlfriend had a baby girl, and confirmed the news on his fan forum.