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.