Joe's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 8

JOE ROGAN

Comedian

“Through any difficult endeavor, you get to know yourself. You put your character to the test, and you get results.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Sports Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Passion Perseverance Support & Encouragement Honesty Self-Reflection Conflict Experience Pride Doubt Opportunity Focus Family Pressure

TAGS:

challenge, comedy, competitive, confidence, contentment, creativity, criticism, fighting, goals, graphic novels, improv, internet, martial arts, MMA, money, open mic, positive energy, stand up comedy, UFC, write

BIOGRAPHY:

Joe Rogan may be perceived as a "jack of all trades"—as a stand-up comedian, a UFC commentator, and a reality TV show host. But his passion has always been stand-up comedy. However, Joe also had an interest in competitive martial arts at a young age, and at 19 years old he won the U.S. Open Tae Kwon Do Championship. But at age 21, Joe began pursing his dream of being a comedian despite of his parents' disapproval (they thought it was too financially unstable). Today, Joe has been successfully doing stand-up for more than 20 years, and has appeared on prestigious and national platforms such as the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada; Late Night with Conan O'Brien; and several Comedy Central shows. In 2001, his fame led him to a role with NBC's hit reality competition show Fear Factor as its host for six seasons, which he says he mostly did just for money. But all in all, Joe's heart lies in comedy, which he'd probably do with or without a paycheck.

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