Joe Rogan is an American comedian and actor best known for his role as Joe Garrelli in NewsRadio and as host of the TV game/reality program Fear Factor.
Rogan is also a colour commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo and Jean Jacques Machado.
Rogan is an avid practitioner of Yoga.
Born in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Rogan was raised in Revere, Massachusetts. He and comedian Bryan Callen are half-brothers.
He is maternal second cousins with Gerard and Mikey Way from My Chemical Romance.
In 1995, Rogan was cast as the office handyman on the sitcom NewsRadio. He stayed on the show until it was canceled in 1999.
From June 11, 2001 – September 12, 2006, Rogan was the host of NBC's Fear Factor for the series' entire run.
In 2003, Rogan and comic Doug Stanhope began hosting Comedy Central's The Man Show. Following the change, ratings declined sharply and the show ceased production following the 2003 season.
He toured with John Heffron and Charlie Murphy in Maxim and Bud Light's Real Men of Comedy tour in 2006.
2007 has seen Joe Rogan tour with English comedian Dave Bishop in the UK and Ireland.
Rogan has been a post-fight interviewer with the Ultimate Fighting Championship since 1997 at UFC 12, and has been a colour commentator since 2002.
Joe Rogan is known for accusing other comedians of plagiarism. He has repeatedly accused Dane Cook of stealing jokes from him and comedian Louis C.K.
During a conversation on the Opie and Anthony Show with Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada following the Michael Richards incident, Rogan demanded to know why certain words are banned while copied material is tolerated.
Clips of Louis C.K. and Dane Cook were then played to support Rogan's claim that Cook has stolen material.
Rogan has also accused Carlos Mencia of plagiarism. On February 10, 2007 at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Rogan argued on-stage with 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 cancelled 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.
Rogan is currently banned from the Comedy Store for violating the club's request that he not film his internet reality show there. Furthermore, according to Rogan, his agent and publicity firm (who also represents Mencia) forced him to either apologize to Mencia or be dropped from the agency.
Rogan claims he chose to leave the agency rather than apologize.
Rogan questions the Apollo moon landings and is interested in the idea of the Apollo moon landing hoax theory, and in February 2007 he appeared twice on Penn Jillette's Penn Radio show debating author Phil Plait about the subject.