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Ask a Professional Comedian: Joe Rogan

Q: I listen to your show often and you seem to be very interested in the environment. I think your whole audience would really benefit from a charismatic environmentalist that is actually experienced and works in the field (vs. a dirty hippie). Maybe an ecologist? Just an idea.

An ecologist is an excellent idea.  I’m sure I’ll have one on eventually, it’s just a matter of finding the right one.  The whole term “environmentalist” is kinda weird when you think about it, because it’s crazy that you have to be an expert to be aware of what people are doing to the very earth that we live in.  It shouldn’t be some esoteric field of interest, it should be something that’s a major part of every single decision we humans make regarding every piece of technology we adopt and every move we make.

Q: Who are some of your favorite comedians right now?

My favorite comedians are my friends; Joey Diaz, Bryan Callen, Ari Shaffir, Duncan Trussell, Doug Stanhope, Bill Burr and Jim Norton.  Also Louis CK, Chappelle, and too many more to name. This is a really amazing time to be a fan of stand up comedy. There’s just so many talented people out there now and the internet has allowed these people to get their work out there in a way that wasn’t possible just a few decades ago.  

Q: What do you think is the biggest revelation you’ve ever had in your life? Like, can you point to a single moment of epiphany that changed your perspective on things?  

I don’t think I’ve had one single epiphany, but rather a series of thought and ideas that have slowly shaped my worldview over time. The more you’re exposed to the more layers your reality takes, and the more nuanced your point of view becomes.

I go out of my way to try to have experiences not just for the enjoyment of them, but for the sheer education that experiences bring me. I treat it almost the same way I treat working out or eating healthy food.

Q: If you weren’t doing stand-up/UFC what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t doing stand up or the UFC I think I probably would have become a writer. I would have probably found some other way to express myself. I think that by expressing myself it forces me to deeply explore the ideas I’m talking about, and by doing them I get a better understanding of how my mind works and how I fit in to the world. 

I think in a lot of ways that’s what we’re doing in life, trying to find a way that we’re meaningful both to ourselves, and to the other people that we come into contact with in life.

Ask a Professional Comedian: Chris D'Elia

Chris D'Elia’s brand new stand-up special White Male. Black Comic. premieres tomorrow night at midnight/11c. But first he’ll be answering fan questions here on our Tumblr.

Submit your questions to our Ask box (be sure to mention they’re for Chris), then look for Chris’s answers tomorrow.

In the meantime, click here for a clip from White Male. Black Comic.

Ask a Professional Comedian: Joe Rogan

Before Joe Rogan’s new stand-up special “Live from the Tabernacle" premieres Friday night at 12a/11c, he’ll be answering your questions right here on our tumblr. 

Submit your questions to our Ask Us Anything box (be sure to mention they’re for Joe), then check back here for Joe’s answers tomorrow morning at 11:30 EST. You can even ask them anonymously, like you’re in a middle school health class. 

In the meantime, click here for a preview of "Live from the Tabernacle.”

Ask a Professional Comedian: Chris D'Elia

keeskaleidoscope asked you:
For Chris D'Elia - I read in Esquire today that you’re a Hip-Hop fan! You mentioned that Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name is the best album of the year - great choice! What’s your favourite old school/throwback hip-hop album?

Has to be “all eyes on me” tupac Shakur! The best album ever. Ever ever ever. He’s the reason I listen to music. 

Anonymous asked you:
Chris Delia: Can you please come back to Connecticut?

To be quite honest it’s my second least favorite place to perform. First is Pittsburg. But yes. You seem nice. So I will come. :-) 

thereweglow asked you:
To Chris Delia, How and when did you make your move from Jersey to LA?

I moved when I was 12. My dad moved the family out. My mom, my brother and two ewoks. 

ccdoesntknowwhathesdoin asked you:
This is for Chris I couldn’t think of anything to ask you at the moment So I’m gonna tell you some jokes why did Susie fall off the swing, she had no arms, knock knock, who’s there, not Susie where was Susie after the bombs went off, everywhere

Don’t quit your day job… Unless you are a comedian. 

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Chris D'elia is answering your questions! Submit them to our Ask box, then be sure to watch the premiere of White Male. Black Comic. tonight at midnight/11c.

Anonymous asked you:
How much time do you spend preparing for a set?

I map out a game plan that tends to change on the spot.  Review sets during the day.  Repeat.

himynameisnick2152 asked you:
For Steve, I’m an archaeology grad student in Mississippi and recently discovered my love for performing stand up at a local bar that has comedy night once a month. Any tips for the next step? Also, The League is why I do Fantasy Football! Thanks!

Go up whenever you can.  Don’t be afraid to bomb.  You will.  Bobby Lee told me you aren’t a comedian till you bomb 100 times.  I met my quota.

sierra-romeo asked you:
Question for Steve Rannazzisi: Would you ever do “Paul Blart 2”?

Love to.

Anonymous asked you:
For Steve, why is it so hard to get a date after they notice I’m wearing children’s socks?

Are you a child?  That might be it.

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Steve Rannazzisi is answering your questions right now. Submit them to our Ask box, then be sure to watch the premiere of Manchild, tomorrow night at 12a/11c.