Joe Rogan is popular in the United States of America for several reasons. He is famous as a stand-up comedian, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) colour commentator, a martial arts expert, actor, television and podcast host.
Who Is Joe Rogan?
Joe Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey as Joseph James Rogan. He is of Irish and Italian descent. Joe was only five years old when his parents divorced. Two years later, his family relocated to San Francisco, California.
When he was 11, his family again relocated. This time, to Gainesville, Florida. Rogan, however, spent much of his early years in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.
He attended Newton South High School and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Nonetheless, he dropped out before graduation to pursue other interests. It was in high school that Joe developed an interest in martial arts. He participated in several taekwondo, karate and kickboxing competitions. Even, he won a US Open Championship tournament in the lightweight category when he was 19. Sadly, his desire to go pro in martial arts was dashed after he sustained a severe head injury.
With his hope for a martial arts future dashed, Rogan became devastated. After much encouragement from his friends, he decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. That was in 1988, at the age of 21.
Rogan once said about his career that he didn’t have a clear direction and was pretty nervous about his future until he became a stand-up comedian. As an upcoming stand-up comedian with peanut as take-home pay, Rogan bolstered his earnings by working a series of other menial jobs form newspaper delivery to construction work and even as a chauffeur.
At some point, he put his knowledge of martial arts to good use by teaching the subject to students at a private University in Boston. A few years after his stand-up debut, Rogan relocated to New York as a full-time comedian; that was in 1990. In 1994, he took another leap step in his career by relocating to Los Angeles – the hub of all things entertainment.
Rogan’s career enjoyed an exponential increase in LA. He first began performing on MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour before landing his first major acting role on an episode of Fox’s Hardball.
His major breakthrough gig came in 1995 when he was featured as one of the regular cast on NBC sitcom, NewsRadio. While finding his foot in comedy, Rogan couldn’t completely ignore his love for martial arts so he took a job with the UFC as a backstage post-fight interviewer in 1997.
He, however, abandoned the job after two years due to insufficient pay. That same year, he signed a three-album deal with Warner Bros Records and released his debut comedy album, “I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday…” in 2000.
His next big break came when he was signed to host NBC’s reality game show “Fear Factor.” The show became another major hit for him as it increased his popularity and fan base. Rogan hosted the show from 2001 until 2006. He even returned for the revived 7th and 8th season respectively in 2011 and 2012. It is, however, speculated that Rogan still earns from Fear Factor which is no longer broadcasted on NBC. Even though we cannot at the moment verify this claim, Rogan still has his Fear Factor gig to thank for his huge popularity and fan base.
His Fear Factor fame brought him to a higher level of national exposure. The turnouts at his stand-up comedy gigs increased tremendously as other lucrative TV gigs followed; of course, it meant more money for Joe
2001 was one of the best years in Rogan’s career, in addition to his Fear Factor gig, he was called back to his UFC job with a promotion from a post-fight interviewer to a colour commentator. This was probably as a result of his relationship with UFC’s new president Dana White. Rogan reportedly declined the job at first before working without pay and finally agreeing to receive payment for the job.
Who Are Joe Rogan’s Wife, Kids and Family
Rogan is very secretive when it comes to talking about his personal life and family. We, however, do know that he is married to Jessica Rogan who is rumoured to be a daughter of late comedian, Robert Schimmel and also, a former waitress.
Although Justrichest is yet to verify the claim, it is important to note that the rumour started flying around when it was discovered that Jessica and the late comedian shares the same surname – Schimmel.
The couple reportedly got married in 2009. Joe, in one of his podcasts in 2017, talked about having a 20-year-old daughter. He left everyone wondering if the child is from Jessica’s previous relationship or his.
In 2008, it was in the news that Joe welcomed a daughter with his girlfriend who was identified as just Jessica. After the couple tied the knots in 2009, they welcomed a second daughter in 2010. Meanwhile, it is said that Jessica had a daughter from a previous relationship.
Joe Rogan Career Earnings
Rogan is said to be worth about $25 million. His income is from his multiple jobs as an actor, martial artist, TV and podcast host. While Joe’s annual earning is said to be around $3-4 million, his per show income is around $30,000 to $40,000. This excludes his sponsorships and backroom benefits.
His salary as a commentator in UFC isn’t known as UFC is a private company. But, President Dana White did admit once that Rogan’s earnings peaked in 2003 after the UFC signed the highly lucrative TV rights deal with FOX TV.
Rogan proved to be a savvy show businessman. Apart from his earnings from UFC, he utilized his fame from the mixed martial arts organization and dived into other projects like comedy gigs and his widely popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience which he launched in 2009. By 2010, the show became one of the top 100 podcasts on iTunes with over 16 million monthly listeners. In 2011, SiriusXM Satellite Radio picked up the podcast.
The comedian has also been featured in film roles. Most notably, his 2011’s “Zookeeper” appearance. He released his 9th comedy studio album in 2016. With public information available on his wealth, JustRichest estimates his net worth at $25 million.
Joe Rogan House, Height
In 2003, just three years into the gig, Rogan had made it big as he bought a mansion in California for $2.2 million. The mansion which was built in 1978 sits on an acre and includes five bedrooms, a swimming pool and two fireplaces.
Also, the man owns a $75,000 1970 Barracuda car. Regan is 7 inches taller than 5 feet (1.73 m).