Joe Rogan is THE biggest podcaster in the world right now. Even his critics won’t deny that fact. What started off as an experiment has turned into a phenomenon. Be it Rolling Stone articles written on him or SNL skits mentioning his show, the truth is that there are very few personalities in pop culture right now who are as influencing as Joe Rogan. In the world of podcasting, Rogan is the king!
The Joe Rogan Podcast, or JRE as it is commonly referred to, has millions of subscribers on YouTube and iTunes. Every so often, his YouTube interviews go viral (Remember how his interview with Elon Musk sank Tesla shares by 6%?). But in the end, what has made JRE so popular is Rogan’s simplistic style of interviewing. His interviews are more like two friends hanging out and having a conversations. Anyway, if you enjoy his interviews, I am sure, you would like to know what were some of the best JRE episodes this year. So, here it is: the list of best Joe Rogan podcasts of 2019.
10. Theo Von (Jan 15, 2019)
Another regular guest of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, Theo Von is a stand-up comedian and podcaster. He is the host of ‘This Past Weekend’, which comes under one of the most popular comedy podcasts. He is known for centring his acts on topics like human sexuality, gender differences and politics, among others. In this episode, he talks about his Netflix stand-up comedy, ‘No Offense’ as well as shares thoughts on ‘Allegedly’, a podcast he co-hosts.
Von is among the funniest comedians. He is quirky but he is also extremely likable. When you listen to this episode, you understand why. You can listen to it here.
9. Kevin Hart (April 6, 2019)
Kevin Hart is one of the best comedians of this time. He has appeared in movies like ‘Paper Soldiers’, ‘Little Fockers’, ‘Ride Along’ and ‘Central Intelligence’. He is also one of the stars of the reboot of the ‘Jumanji’ franchise, in which he shares the screen with Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. In this episode, he talks about his Netflix stand-up special, ‘Kevin Hart: Irresponsible’. Hart is known for his quirky sense of humour. Add Joe Rogan to the mix and you get an interesting conversation. You can listen to it here.
8. Joey Diaz (July 1, 2019)
Joey Diaz is one of the regulars at Joe Rogan. He is a Cuban-American stand-up comedian, and is known for his work in movies like ‘My Name is Earl’, ‘The Longest Yard’ and ‘Taxi’. He is also a documentary maker and once actually supported his own documentary with his stand-up special. His role on television screens came in the form of ‘Law and Order’ and ‘NYPD Blue’. He even appears in ‘Spider-Man 2’. He has also hosted podcasts like ‘Beauty and Da Beast’ and ‘The Church of What’s Happening Now’.
Diaz is arguably the most popular guest on JRE. And there’s a good reason why. Rogan shares an incredible chemistry with him and when the two get together, they light the house on fire. You can listen to it here.
7. Andrew Yang (Feb 5, 2019)
If you haven’t heard this episode yet, perhaps you should make it a priority. You might want to know your next Presidential candidate more intimately. Andrew Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a non-profit organization that helps young entrepreneurs and their start-ups. In this episode, he shares his views on the current administration and gives an idea of what he wants to bring to the table for the next Presidential elections. One of his policies is Universal Basic Income.
It’s rare to find a politician who is so honest in his condor and that’s why this episode is a must listen. You can listen to it here.
6. Bob Lazar and Jeremy Corbell (June 20, 2019)
For those who don’t know, Bob Lazar is primarily known for his claims of having been hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer purported extraterrestrial technology at a secret site called “S-4”, allegedly located several kilometres south of the United States Air Force facility popularly known as Area 51. You may or may not believe in Lazar’s theories, but you can’t deny the fact that he presents some incredibly compelling arguments about the existence of aliens. Even if you don’t completely buy into his arguments — I didn’t — this episode is very interesting to listen. You can listen to it here.
5. Brian Cox (Jan 28, 2019)
Brian Coz is a physicist who is well-known for being the presenter of various science programmes, like ‘The Wonder series’, ‘The Quantum Universe’ and ‘Stargazing’, among others. He is an OBE and has also received the Fellowship of the Royal Society. In this episode, he gets into the depth of some of the most baffling questions about the universe. If there is one professor who you need to learn physics from, it is him. A fascinating episode from start to finish. You can listen to it here.
4. Bill Burr (Sep 9, 2019)
‘Breaking Bad’ fans might remember Bill Burr as Patrick Kuby, one of Saul Goodman’s hired hands who helps Walt and Jesse in some of their misadventures, including the famous train robbery. Burr also stars in Netflix’s ‘F for Family’. He is a stand-up comedian and podcaster. He often turns towards satire and integrates his content with subjects ranging from conspiracy theories to religion, racism and sports.
Burr is one of the funniest comedians alive. While, I could have gone with any of his episodes on Joe Rogan, this one stands out. You can listen to it here.
3. Mike Tyson (Jan 17, 2019)
Mike Tyson’s name needs no introduction. He has been a professional boxer, a heavyweight champion, and has been bestowed with the title of “The Baddest Man on the Planet”. But as much accolades he has garnered over the course of his career, he has also been marred by controversy. The 1992 case of rape got him six years in prison, but he was released on parole in three. After that, he got back in the game and joined the league of some of the best men in boxing history.
Tyson is uncharacteristically subdued in the this episode. I don’t think he has done ever such an honest interview. Probably, he never will again. You can listen to it here.
2. Edward Snowden (October 23, 2019)
Only Joe Rogan could have pulled off this incredible three hour long interview. What is fascinating about this episode is that Rogan hardly speaks and lets Snowden hog all the limelight. And as expected, Snowden loves the uninterrupted platform he is given and goes on long revealing monologues about the superstitious ways government operates and tracks us. You can listen to it here.
1. Alex Jones (Feb 17, 2019)
Well, this episode is a complete train-wreck. That’s why it so great. For more than four hours, Rogan and conspiracy theorist-in-chief, Alex Jones, indulge in discussions that range from UFOs to fourth dimension. Jones has had his fair share of controversies owing to his far-right political views. Many even find him completely unbearable. Love him or hate him, but you can’t deny how much fun it is to watch him completely lose his sh*t. Many will find this episode offensive and non-sensical, but trust me, if you only you switch off the reasoning part of your brain, this might the most fun you will have listening to a podcast.. ever. You can listen to it here.
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