The American comedian, presenter, and UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan is the host of the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. On December 24, 2009, Rogan and comedian Brian Redban launched it on YouTube.
Rogan’s California house served as the podcast’s initial recording location. The podcast’s production was moved to Texas after it was granted an exclusive Spotify licence in 2020.
The podcast has included a broad ideological mixture of political guests. For inviting far-right guests and for using racially offensive words, Rogan has drawn criticism. Medical experts have also attacked him for his opinions. Rogan has received appreciation from the podcast’s fans for his support of free speech.
A podcast is a programme that is made available online for download in digital form. For instance, a user could download an episodic collection of digital audio or video files to their own device and listen to them whenever they choose.
The Joe Rogan Experience first started in early 2003 when Rogan hired self-taught video editor Redban, who was working at an Ohio Gateway 2000 computer store at the time, to be his full-time employee and produce, film, and edit films for his website.
After spending some time on Justin.tv, Rogan proposed the idea of hosting a live video stream from his house using Redban, talking with viewers in a chatroom and on Twitter, and releasing the audio as a downloadable podcast.
The podcast’s first video episodes were released to YouTube in January 2013. They quickly attracted thousands to millions of viewers each time.
The Joe Rogan Experience will be exclusively licenced to Spotify, which is estimated to be for $200 million. Up until December 2020, full episodes of the podcast could be uploaded on YouTube as per the rules of the deal.
More than 11 million people listened to the podcast in January 2015. By the end of October 2015, it was averaging 16 million downloads per month. The podcast, according to Rogan in April 2019, has 190 million monthly downloads.