At the pinnacle of the streaming world, Joe Rogan stands as a towering force, wielding a $200 million dollar podcast empire that dominates the digital airwaves. Synonymous with the UFC and podcasting, this 55-year-old titan, however, harbors an unwavering love for his first passion- comedy. While Rogan’s name has become synonymous with the UFC and podcasting, his heart remains rooted in the world of laughter.
Within the domain of comedy, Rogan finds himself inspired by a pantheon of heroes who have left an indelible mark on the stage. Yet among them, one figure shines brightest- Dave Chappelle.
The JRE host frequently extends invitations to fellow comedians, granting them the coveted position of frontal guests on his podcast. This platform serves as a stage for these comedic virtuosos to share their stories and offer glimpses into the inner workings of the comedy world. Recently, in a spirited conversation with fellow comedian Bert Kreischer, Rogan delved into the depths of Chappelle’s greatness, exploring their shared admiration for this comedic luminary. However, the UFC commentator is not fond of the backlash Chappelle is receiving lately.
Joe Rogan is in awe of Dave Chappelle
In a momentous episode #1990 of the JRE, Joe Rogan extended a warm invitation to fellow comedian Bert Kreischer. As the two comedic powerhouses delved into their conversation, they wasted no time in exploring the shifting dynamics within the comedy community, from a time of jealousy to one of mutual upliftment. As they touched upon the topic of revered comedians, Dave Chappelle’s name emerged in their conversation.
Kreischer mentioned Chappelle with utmost reverence, stating, “Chappelle is the f**king sweetest guy in the world.” In response, Rogan echoed the sentiment, emphasizing, “He is the nicest guy of all time.”
Continuing their admiration for Chappelle, Kreischer painted a vivid picture, describing his reverence for the comic. He said, “Joe, I wanted to meet him for so long. He’s my favorite… Chappelle was like- I told him, ‘You’re like the great white shark’. You walk into a room and you go, ‘Oh F**K’.”
However, amidst the praise and adoration, Joe Rogan revealed a contradictory fact about the comedy world. The 55-year-old addressed the backlash Chappelle has been receiving lately, owing to his controversial comedy special, which is termed as transphobic by many. “I’ve seen people talking sh*t about him, that are comic. It’s like, ‘Goddamnit’.”, Rogan lamented.
Rogan has consistently showcased his admiration for Dave Chappelle through various avenues. In fact, he extended an invitation to the comedic star to perform at his own comedy club, ‘Comedy Mothership’, which proved to be an extraordinary experience for the audience. Joe Rogan’s admiration for Chappelle certainly transcends mere words.