I feel like I have said this about years past, however, it rings true once again, 2018 was another brilliant year for The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.
Joe’s channel on YouTube has now exceeded 4 million subscribers. He smoked cannabis on-air with Elon Musk, revived Sober October, attempted to crack the code of life with countless brilliant guests, and created all sorts of other highly entertaining greatness on his show.
While Joe is a comedian at heart, it is when he attempts to deconstruct life or attacks current social issues with an open mind and open forum that have always most attracted me to his show.
There have been many moments on the JRE podcast that have sparked some considerable changes in my own life. My dietary strategies, my pursuit of fulfillment in life, and the way I tend to personal relationships, have all been shaped by Joe and his guests.
Now, let us take a look back at 2018 which was a banner year for Joe and his diverse and intriguing array of guests.
These are the 21 Best Episodes of The Joe Rogan Podcast From 2018:
1. Joe Rogan Experience #1169 - Elon Musk
Having this sort of unfiltered access to Musk, one of the most dynamic and forward thinking minds of our generation, is a real treat. The artificial intelligence discussion is captivating, not to mention witnessing a captain of industry smoking cannabis on-air.
2. Joe Rogan Experience #1159 - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a hero for our society. He is single-handedly making science cool and approachable for all of us. I can listen to him wax poetically about the cosmos for hours on end.
3. Joe Rogan Experience #1080 - David Goggins
This episode was my introduction to David Goggins. His story is heartbreaking and uplifting all in one. You will be inspired by this man.
4. Joe Rogan Experience #1136 - Hamilton Morris
Frank talk about drugs is so needed in our society, especially in light of revamped studies being done with psychedelics and a seemingly major shift towards a mainstream acceptance of cannabis. Hamilton Morris is a welcomed thought leader for that discussion.
5. Joe Rogan Experience #1153 - Macaulay Culkin
Culkin is one of the most iconic child actors in generations. Who is not intrigued by a long-form and uncensored discussion with a grown-up Macaulay Culkin?
6. Joe Rogan Experience #1070 - Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor. He seems to genuinely want people to take the reins of their lives and find true joy through goals, hard work, and responsibility. Jordan always drops major nuggets of wisdom in regards to life and self-empowerment.
7. Joe Rogan Experience #1139 - Jordan Peterson
Yes indeed, Jordan Peterson cracks the list twice, deservedly so. Fair to say anytime he joins Joe and gets rolling with his philosophies to a more enriched, empowered and fulfilled life, he shall grace any top episodes feature.
8. Joe Rogan Experience #1066 - Mel Gibson & Dr. Neil Riordan
First off, I was just curious to see if Mel Gibson acted bat poo crazy but the stem cell discussion he is brought on to discuss is actually rather fascinating.
9. Joe Rogan Experience #1075 - Duncan Trussell
In my opinion, Duncan Trussell is the undisputed best recurring guest ever on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, so naturally, he is going to make it onto a yearly best episodes feature. Duncan is a comedian and podcaster in his own right but it is his humble wisdom he constantly drops about life, suffering, and joy that always captures my attention.
10. Joe Rogan Experience #1137 - Duncan Trussell
Hey, if I think the guy is the undisputed best recurring guest ever then he is sure to pop back up with another episode on this best of feature.
11. Joe Rogan Experience #1201 - William von Hippel
These are the kind of episodes I love and appreciate Joe’s show the most for. I would most likely never have checked out any of the work by psychology professor William von Hippel on my own but was completely hooked on this episode from the moment it got started. Passionate discussion on our primate ancestors and evolution.
12. Joe Rogan Experience #1177 - Sober October 2
Joe and his comedian buddies seem to have such genuine care and love for each other. It is awesome to see and makes me want to step my game up in regards to properly tending to my own friendships. Sober October is exactly as it sounds with Joe and a few close buds vowing to stay off substances for the entire month and also commit to physical fitness challenges.
13. Joe Rogan Experience #1194 - Sober October 2 Recap
Joe and his crew get back together for a raucous recap of their sober adventures.
14. Joe Rogan Experience #1140 - Joey Diaz
Uncle Joey. If you are a JRE faithful then you know all about Joey Diaz. He needs no further description or reasoning to why he is on this list. For all else out there, Joey is an old school hard nosed comedian but those words fall well short in describing his larger than life persona.
15. Joe Rogan Experience #1205 - Jake "The Snake" Roberts & Tony Hinchcliffe
Jake “The Snake” is a legend. The guy was at the tops of pro wrestling when I was a kid and has had a harrowing battle with addiction throughout his life, chronicled well in the movie Beyond The Mat. Jake seems to be in great shape and spirits right now, thankfully, and this episode is awesome.
16. Joe Rogan Experience #1173 - Geoffrey Miller
This is an episode that I might have skipped based on Miller’s professional title alone, an evolutionary psychologist, but I am so glad I did not. This is an intriguing discussion throughout about the human condition.
17. Joe Rogan Experience #1132 - Kyle Kingsbury
On face value, Kingsbury, a retired MMA fighter, might appear to be another swollen bro dude but given just 2 minutes to share his values and approach towards life, he is clearly a thoughtful, empowered, and compassionate guy. This is his second appearance with Joe and each time he has had great discussions on peak performance and fulfillment in life.
18. Joe Rogan Experience #1123 - Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith is a filmmaker with credits to his name like the classic and iconic ‘90s indie hit Clerks. He has a great flow with Joe and the two mix it up well on a variety of topics.
19. Joe Rogan Experience #1114 - Matt Taibbi
Matt Taibbi is an investigative journalist and author and has covered a wide variety of topics and issues through his work. I feel he is one of the most important voices of my generation, having worked to expose elements of dysfunction and corruption in big institutions like politics and financial services.
20. Joe Rogan Experience #1109 - Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker is a University of California professor who teaches neuroscience and psychology. This discussion is must-see stuff. Joe just peppers him with question after question about the importance of sleep and why we dream and what functions dreams could serve. Loved this topic.
Tops Of The Podcast Game
Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches. To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and the guests and discussions are consistently captivating.
Joe made his bones as a comedian and stays active in standup, but also has professional and personal involvement in a variety of different interests. Some of those interests include commentating for the UFC, hunting, and owning a stake in Onnit, an online earth based supplementation company.
The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his varying interests. The conversations are free to go anywhere, though, regardless of the guest’s connection to Joe or the industry they represent.
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has become a favored form of entertainment for me. Ironically enough, the comedy and laughs are probably the least of what continually pulls me back to the show. There are some quality laughs to be had, but the show has provided such a greater and deeper value to my life.
Joe Rogan seems like a good guy whose basic tenets in life are grounded in the concepts of treating people well and working hard. Everything he believes in and does seem to flow from those two principles.
Previous Joe Rogan Podcast Features
If you are new to viewing The Joe Rogan Experience podcast it can appear to be daunting to get started with the 1,200+ episodes of his back catalog. To get you caught up, check out our 11 Best Guests feature which focuses on his premier guests throughout the history of his show and also check out last year’s retrospective, the 9 Best Episodes From 2017.
Which was your favorite episode from the 2018 list and who did we make a mistake in leaving off? Please comment. We want to hear from you.