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The Joe Rogan Experience is a free audio and video podcast hosted by American comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist and television host Joe Rogan. It was launched on December 24, 2009 by Rogan and comedian Brian Redban who also produced and co-hosted. It has grown to become one of the world's most popular podcasts.[3]

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Hosted byJoe Rogan
FormatAudio / Video
Created byJoe Rogan
LengthAbout 3 hours[2]
ProductionJoe Rogan (occasionally)
Brian Redban (2009–2013)
Jamie Vernon (2013–present)
Video formatYouTube, Vimeo
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes1,324 (as of July 12, 2019)
Original releaseDecember 24, 2009 (December 24, 2009) – present



Around 2003, Rogan hired Brian Redban, a self-taught video editor and an employee at a Gateway Inc. (previously known as Gateway 2000) computer store in Ohio, to work for him full time to film, produce, and edit videos for his website.

Redban had no prior experience with audio engineering, so he taught himself how to operate the mixing board and microphone setups.[4] Rogan and Redban recorded the first episode on December 24, 2009,[5] which initially took the form of a live weekly broadcast on Ustream[6] with the two "sitting in front of laptops bullshitting".[7] Early episodes featured a snowflake effect that was incorporated into the video stream that they later revisited in 2015 in episode #674[8] and in 2017 to commemorate episode #1000.[9] The first guest on the podcast was comedian Ari Shaffir who appeared on the third episode broadcast on January 6, 2010.[10] The podcast had its first sponsor in the sex toy production company Fleshlight, a partnership that began in May 2010 and lasted until mid-2012 when the company claimed it had saturated their market.[11][12] By August 2010, the podcast was named The Joe Rogan Experience and was recorded several times a week.[13] In May 2011, Rogan secured a deal with SiriusXM, a subscription-based satellite radio service, to have the podcast air on its talk channel The Virus.[7]

In 2013, Redban started to reduce his time as the podcast's sole producer. He explained in the following year that Rogan had started to record multiple podcasts in a day, "and it got to the point where [Rogan] wanted to keep on going, six, seven hours" which became too much work for him to handle by himself. As a result, Jamie Vernon was hired as a second producer, initially as Redban's assistant, to fill in, leaving Redban to produce "about half of the episodes".[14] Vernon soon became the sole producer, with Redban subsequently appearing on the podcast as a guest.[8][15][16]

The podcast was originally recorded at Rogan's home in California.[5] From November 24, 2011, some episodes were recorded at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, also known as the Deathsquad Studios.[17] Since November 27, 2012, the majority of episodes have been recorded in a private studio that Rogan acquired in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles.[18] The 1,000th episode aired on August 18, 2017 and featured comedians Joey Diaz and Tom Segura as guests.[9]


The podcast has become one of the most popular in the world. In August 2010, nine months after its launch, it entered the list of Top 100 podcasts on iTunes.[13] The podcast was voted Best Comedy Podcast of 2012 by users of iTunes.[19] In February 2014, the podcast won a Stitcher Award for Best Overall Show of 2013.[20] In January 2015, the podcast was listened to by over 11 million people.[21] By October 2015, it had grown to acquire 16 million downloads a month.[3][22][23] In January 2019, the podcast won Best Comedy Podcast at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.[24] In December 2018, the podcast ranked second place in the list of Apple's most-downloaded podcasts of 2018.[25]


  1. ^ "The Joe Rogan Experience". Podchaser. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
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  3. ^ a b Eadicicco, Lisa (December 9, 2015). "The 10 Most Popular Podcasts of 2015". Time. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Wolf, Josh; Redban, Brian (March 3, 2016). "Episode #28: Brian Redban, comedian and podcast pioneer, joins Josh". Fairly Normal with Josh Wolf (Podcast). Event occurs at 34:12–39:32.
  5. ^ a b Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian (December 24, 2009). "Joe Rogan Experience #1 – Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  6. ^ "Joe Rogan Live - IBM Cloud Video". Ustream. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Carnell, Thom (January 24, 2016). "Interview: Joe Rogan (January 2011)". Thom Carnell. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian (July 27, 2015). "Joe Rogan Experience #674 – Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  9. ^ a b Rogan, Joe; Diaz, Joey; Segura, Tom (August 18, 2017). "Joe Rogan Experience #1000 - Joey Diaz & Tom Segura". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  10. ^ Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian; Shaffir, Ari (January 6, 2010). "Joe Rogan Experience #3 – Ari Shaffir, Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  11. ^ Rogan, Joe [@JoeRogan] (May 5, 2010). "My tweeples voted unanimously to accept the sponsorship from the fleshlight despite the concerns of my management. I agree, so it's on!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Rogan, Joe [@JoeRogan] (July 30, 2012). "They dropped us. They said they saturated our market. Me might still do some stuff with them periodically in the future" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ a b "The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Selects Wizzard Media's LibsynPro". Business Wire. August 5, 2010. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Santamaria, Cara; Redban, Brian (November 23, 2014). "Episode 39 – Brian Redban". Talk Nerdy (Podcast). Event occurs at 20:06–20:50.
  15. ^ Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian (August 17, 2015). "Joe Rogan Experience #684 – Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  16. ^ Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian (August 26, 2015). "Joe Rogan Experience #688 – Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  17. ^ Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian; Bravo, Eddie (November 24, 2011). "Joe Rogan Experience #160 – Eddie Bravo, Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  18. ^ Rogan, Joe; Redban, Brian; Smith, Shane (November 27, 2012). "Joe Rogan Experience #289 – Shane Smith, Brian Redban". The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast).
  19. ^ Baum, Erica (September 15, 2015). "Newsmax's Top 50 Conservative Podcasts". Newsmax. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  20. ^ Rogan, Joe [@JoeRogan] (February 27, 2014). "The Joe Rogan Experience won best overall podcast at the Stitcher Awards, and I am eternally grateful..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Joe Rogan Podcast". Inquisitor. January 4, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  22. ^ Hedegaard, Erik (October 22, 2015). "How Joe Rogan Went From UFC Announcer to 21st-Century Timothy Leary". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  23. ^ Ham, Robert (October 28, 2016). "Joe Rogan's Powerful Life". Paste. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  24. ^ "2019 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: Full List of Winners". iHeartRadio. iHeartMedia. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  25. ^ Hill, Brad (2018-12-06). "Apple's most-downloaded podcasts of 2018". RAIN News. Retrieved 2019-03-30.

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