Not even Joe Rogan can explain how we got here.
All the way back in 2009 on Christmas Eve, Rogan took his first tentative steps into the world of podcasting, alongside friend and comedian Brian Redban. Fast forward to 2020, The Joe Rogan Experience is, at the time of writing, now on episode 1454 and is believed to be worth an eye-watering $30m per-year.
Since its inception, Rogan has had incredible success in enticing the biggest names in the world, whether they be celebrities, experts or both, to join him for a chat on literally anything from politics, history and science to health, psychology and philosophy.
Those uninitiated with the JRE may recognise Rogan from his other job as a UFC colour commentator and, unsurprisingly, some of the podcast’s best episodes involve his sit-downs with people from the world of sport. Below we take a look at five of the best for you to check out…
Mike Tyson, Episode 1227
Sport stars don’t come much bigger than ‘the Baddest Man on the Planet’ so it will come as no surprise to you that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s time with Rogan stands up as one the show’s best episodes.
Tyson doesn’t hold back on topics covering his career and life such as drugs, a rape conviction and his violent upbringing but he also shows a softer side to listeners/viewers especially when discussing his new cannabis ranch and his new calmer demaeanor.
Unmissable for any fan of one boxing’s most famous characters.
Tyson Fury, (Joe Rogan MMA Show) Episode 44
From one boxing Tyson to another, this time it was the chance of Wythenshawe’s very own ‘Gypsy King’ to get in on the Joe Rogan action.
Recorded all the way back in October 2018 in the build up to his first fight with Deontay Wilder, Fury opens up about his battle with depression after being crowned heavyweight champion of the world against Wladimir Klitschko.
Emotionally charged and honest, Fury won over a lot of people after this appearance. It's incredible to think about all that’s happened to Fury since then - we think it might be time for round 2.
Courtney Dauwalter, Episode 1027
You might not know her name but Courtney Dauwalter is one of the best athletes on the planet right now.
Dewaulter, 35, is an ultramarathon runner from Utah who, in 2017, ran the Moab 240 race (named after the number of miles in the race, in case you were curious) in 2 days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes, faster than any of the men in the pack. She beat the second-placed finisher by a whopping ten hours!
Ridiculously down to Earth (she favours nachos and beer as her pre-race feast), Dauwalter’s stint on JRE is a must for anyone who needs a bit of motivation before lacing up their running shoes.
David Goggins, Episodes 1080 and 1212
As the only man to complete SEAL training, Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training in US military history, the only man to go through the Navy Seals ‘Hell Week’ three times, as a ultramarathon runner, a ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete and once holder of the world pull-up record (4,030 in 17 hours) - David Goggins deserves your full attention.
Unquestionably one of the toughest men to walk the planet, Goggins is the king of mindset and his episodes are one of the rare occasions when you rarely hear Rogan speak, such is the power of Goggins’ story.
If you have any goals, whether it be running a marathon or writing a book, Goggins will send your motivation into the stratosphere.
Lance Armstrong, Episode 737
Two years after the seven-time Tour De France winner confessed to a career of doping on Oprah, Armstrong made an appearance on the JRE.
Since that 2013 interview with American talk show host, Armstrong had become the target of a number lawsuits and was taking flak from all corners - given his misdeeds, it’s difficult to see him as a sympathetic figure but his talk with Rogan is both raw and insightful on the issues of performance enhancing drugs surrounding cycling and dealing with the fallout from his own scandal.