19 Best Guests From The Joe Rogan Podcast
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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 compelling.
The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his array of 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 is built around casual conversations in a long-form format.
While Joe is a comedian at heart, it is the recurring theme of deconstructing life that has hooked me in and kept me coming back.
There have been some brilliant moments on The JRE podcast that have sparked some considerable changes in my own life. Changes that have made a powerful and positive impact on my health, career, and relationships.
There are over 1,300 episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast available and it can appear to be almost overwhelming to get started.
To try and assist in navigating his entire catalog I have compiled my 19 favorite guests.
These Are The 19 Best Guests Of The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast:
(ranked in no specific order)
1. Duncan Trussell
Duncan always drops some significant nuggets of wisdom each and every time he is on the podcast. Every episode he is on is a must view.
Make sure to also check out the joint episodes where Duncan is joined by author Christopher Ryan as well.
2. Bob Lazar & Jeremy Corbell
Bob Lazar is a physicist who claims to have worked on covert operations within area 51 that was focused on reverse engineering alien technology taken from alien spaceships in the possession of the United States government.
This episode and Bob’s story are absolutely captivating.
He seems like a credible guy to me who wants no part of the notoriety that comes along with sharing his story but at the same time feels compelled to share it for the greater good of humanity.
3. Graham Hancock
Like Randall Carlson, the discussions stemming from Graham Hancock are unlike any science or history you have previously encountered. Graham, noted author, theorizes that human civilizations extend back much further than what is accepted in academia.
Based on this he also theorizes that these civilizations excelled in arts, science, and technology at levels we can not even comprehend.
These civilizations and their progress have since been wiped clean entirely due to dramatic shifts in the earth’s composition.
Randall and Graham did a joint episode together as well. Their work plays a strong complementary role to each other and they are riveting when combined.
4. Joey Diaz a.k.a. Uncle Joey
If you are a JRE faithful then you know all about Joey Diaz. He needs no further description or reasoning as 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.
5. Mike Tyson
Tyson is one of the most intriguing figures in all of the professional sports. He transcended boxing and rose to pop culture phenom status at a shockingly young age and subsequently crashed just as hard.
He seems to be in an incredible place right now in life which is awesome to see. Iron Mike comes off as an insightful and thoughtful person in this discussion with Joe.
6. Alex Jones
This entry of Alex Jones onto this best of feature has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with absolute insanity. Both appearances by Jones are just flat out bonkers.
The guy’s stark raving, conspiratorial madness is on full display as a guest with Joe. Strap on a tinfoil hat and go along for the ride.
7. Aubrey Marcus
Aubrey clearly shares many of Joe’s principles and values in life. He always brings intriguing and inspiring discussions to the studio with Joe. There is always great flow between these two.
Their outlooks on proactively attacking life with positivity are infectious.
8. Dr. Carl Hart
Dr. Hart is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Hart specializes in addiction and drug abuse. His episodes should be mandatory viewing for every single citizen of the globe.
I would imagine he is a polarizing figure and people are going to have strong reactions either way to his stances on drugs and their role with humanity.
His voice and role in society for speaking truth to the state of drug abuse in our modern-day is critical.
9. Kyle Kingsbury
Personally not being a big MMA enthusiast I almost skipped over Kyle’s first appearance with Joe but I decided to give it a chance. I am so thankful I did. I was intrigued while watching the entire episode.
Kyle, a former MMA competitor, maintains a serious interest in overall life performance. He directly inspired me to become even more diligent and disciplined with my diet.
Kyle’s debut JRE episode also played a role in me taking a break from drinking booze.
10. Michael Wood
Michael is a former Marine and former Baltimore City police officer. Those two credentials lend some major credibility to the sensitive and topical discussion on the state of policing in our country.
His ability to pull the curtain back on policing in Baltimore city with complete honesty and in-depth storytelling is captivating.
Wood is a highly impressive individual and does not seem to have any sort of hidden or personal agenda.
He seems legitimately troubled by things he encountered as an inner-city police officer and is now looking to shed light on what he sees as some troubles with the institution of policing.
11. Russell Brand
Russell is a comedian and actor and overall high wired personality. He has lived a fascinating life.
Brand has overcome a major drug addiction and traversed a rather public marriage and divorce to pop star Katy Perry.
Russell is a big advocate for exploring consciousness and seeking a more enlightened path in life.
12. Tim Ferriss
Tim is an author, investor, entrepreneur and avid adventurer in all sorts of self-experimentation with life hacks. Some of his experimentation is nuts, but all of his stories and adventures are fascinating.
Tim hosts a pretty brilliant podcast himself which I do suggest checking out as well.
13. Sam Harris
I do not agree with everything he says but I am always open to his thoughts and appreciative of just how smart this guy is.
Sam always brings deep and robust discussions to the table with Joe. They share strong chemistry together.
14. Jordan Peterson
Jordan is a clinical psychologist and professor and seems to often be embroiled in some sort of controversy relating to his critiques of political correctness.
Regardless of your thoughts on some of his views, Jordan clearly has some wisdom to dispense in regards to life and self-empowerment.
15. Paul Stamets
If you make the mistake of thinking you are about to be bored because this guest is a mycologist, meaning expert of all things fungi, please reconsider.
There is some jaw-dropping discussion here with potential ramifications for humanity at large.
From the number of comments I receive from the Joe Rogan faithful, I think many agree Paul Stamets rightfully belongs amongst the greatest guests ever for Joe.
16. Elon Musk
This episode almost broke the internet and even had a ripple effect on Wall Street when Musk opted to partake in a cannabis session live in the studio with Joe.
This episode has just about everything you could want and expect from the Joe Rogan podcast.
17. Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Dr. Patrick has built an online platform FoundMyFitness centered around her passion for life extension and wellness research.
Dr. Patrick is a recurring guest on Joe’s podcast and she consistently brings to the table highly informative findings from research on optimizing performance in life.
There is no bro-science being bandied about when Dr. Patrick is on the show.
As important as the credibility of her information is, Dr. Patrick also has a casual and easy-going manner in sharing her findings making it easy for the entire audience to benefit from her expertise.
18. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and an author but those titles seem to limit his greatness in comparison to the impact he is making on 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.
He has now made several appearances alongside Joe and each episode the pair get into highly intriguing discussions on a variety of topics.
19. Randall Carlson
Randall was the first guest and episode I ever watched of the JRE podcast. I do not consider myself a science enthusiast, but Randall is a compelling character and his brand of science is incredibly fascinating.
Randall has theories about asteroidal impacts causing seismic global shifts in geology and humanity, particularly around the ice ages.
Some of the far-flung implications and possibilities from these theories that Randall and Joe discuss are jaw-dropping. No other platform than Joe’s podcast could give Randall the time and respect his science deserves.
The Rise Of Content Online
There is a remarkable amount of content being produced and offered this day and age. The internet has completely blown away the old guard when it comes to means of production and access to outlets of distribution for artists and content producers.
Art and information used to flow from a top-down model with a significant few entities controlling what was made available for the public to consume. Big budgets and complicated equipment were required to record an album or produce video and audio content.
Art and content that did get created had little options for being disseminated to the masses and typically had to pass through the approval of high powered gatekeepers, like record label or television studio executives. These folks at the helm of major entertainment conglomerates were often beholden to boardrooms, stock prices, and profits.
So to say there were conflicting motives for what art and information did get released is an understatement. The internet shattered that model to pieces.
The ability to create and record quality music and video content has never been easier or cheaper. The means and outlets for distributing this content directly to consumers are plentiful. The overlords of the old guard have been rendered merely useless.
Content, art, and ideas can now flow from anyone and spread out amongst the public by the people themselves. There has been an explosion of content online.
It is a brilliant new day for the expression and sharing of art, entertainment, and information. The only resulting problem for the public with this new wealth of content is how to wade through it all and get to what is enjoyable for you.
For The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, I am hopefully providing you with a great starting point with this 19 Best Guests list.
I would suggest checking out every single episode attributable to each of these guests. You will get to see the evolution of the production quality of the podcast over the years. Starting from a relatively grainy video feed to a now high-definition look in a modest, yet sharp looking studio.
When it comes to selecting other episodes beyond this list I would avoid basing the potential value off of your preconceived views of the guest or the industry they come from.
I am not a big MMA fan, however, the Kyle Kingsbury episode was one of the best discussions I ever watched on Joe’s show. I had never even heard of Kyle prior to viewing that episode and thought about skipping over it, but I am thankful I gave it a shot.
There were some life inspiring moments in that episode and I am grateful to have watched it.
Beyond The Laughs
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 me. Joe's basic tenets in life are grounded in the concepts of treating people well and working hard. Everything he does seems to flow from those two principles.
While he goes about working hard he seems to maintain a grand curiosity about the meaning of life and where humanity could be heading.
His intrigue with humanity tends to attract like-minded and wildly interesting guests to his platform. A platform Joe created which allows for long-form conversations to be had away from the trappings and confines of big corporate executives with their corporate agendas.
It is the breadth and depth of these conversations that have provided me with countless hours of impactful entertainment.
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Who was your favorite guest from our 19 Best Guests feature? Who did we leave off that should be making this list? Leave a comment. We want to hear from you.