Over the years the Joe Rogan podcast has been saturated with supreme tough guys. Rogan himself is tough, strong dude. You wouldn’t want to step in the Octagon with him. He’s been training in martial arts since he was a little kid and has 3 black belts to his name.
So who are the most toughest and most motivational people to ever appear on the JRE podcast? I’ve compiled a list just to answer that very question.
*No UFC fighters or boxers. Actually, I couldn’t resist and did pick one. There are just too many fighters on the JRE podcast that this list would be dominated by those guys.
No Chuck Liddell, George St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, Michael Bisping, Tyron Woodley, Jorge Masvidal, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Eddie Bravo, Brendan Schaub, Tyson Fury, Deonte Wilder, etc.
*No Elon Musk. He is absolutely a motivational guy in his own right, but not the tough guy type.
This is a list of men who you’d want to have your back in a street fight. They separate the men from the boys. The type of men who eat dirt, chop wood and throw rocks. Men that would drive Ford Bronco’s, like Joe.
Men that wouldn’t scream if they saw a cockroach in the kitchen (Bert Kreischer would).
#1: Jocko Willink
On JRE Episodes: 729, 962, 1391, 1492
Jocko is an alpha male leader and someone you better have on your side if you’re going to battle. A retired Navy SEAL commander of SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser, Jocko now runs his own podcast, Jocko Podcast.
He is the co-founder of Echelon Front, a company that facilitates workshops and delivers intense leadership training and team-building exercises, based of his combat experience.
He authored a #1 New York Times bestselling book called Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win, which I have read and highly recommend.
Jocko has extensive and significant combat experience and has led many tactical operations in Iraq, many under heavy gunfire and violence. Without a doubt, he has quite a few enemy casualties attributed to him.
Jocko accidentally fractured bowhunter John Dudley’s neck while sparring in Jiu-Jitsu.
Check out this video of him competing against Jeff Monson, a professional grappler and former UFC fighter. Although Monson is much bigger, Jocko holds his own.
#2: David Goggins
On JRE Episodes: 1080, 1212
A former Navy SEAL, Goggins is a complete beast. He is a beast of beasts. His story wasn’t always that way. At one point he was fat and weighed over 300 pounds:
Goggins broke the world record for most pull-ups in 24 hours, doing 4030 pull-ups in 17 hours.
He runs ultra-marathons, including the MOAB 240, a 5 day race composed of running 240.3 miles. One year, David ventured off course 7.5 miles, had to back track 7.5 more miles, and still battled back for a top 10 finish.
Peer into Goggins’s attitude on taking souls, which he explained on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
“If you’re in a fight you have to attack. You have to keep attacking. The enemy has to know that he is not going to give up. You have to break the soul of whatever the f*** is in front of you.”
“Who’s going to carry the boats and the logs?” (Reference to one the most brutal Navy SEAL BUD/S training exercises where they to carry boats or logs over their head for long periods of time.)
He wrote a bestselling book, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, which I’ve read and CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH. Seriously, the book changed my life.
#3: Mike Tyson
On JRE Episode: 1227
You’d be hard to find someone on the planet that hasn’t heard of legendary boxer Mike Tyson.
Kevin Hart described Tyson as a pitbull with no leash. Often, he’d fight guys taller and bigger than him in the heavyweight division but not as powerful. He is absolutely the most ferocious and explosive boxer of all time.
He’s the only fighter that I put on my list, simply because I had to. After seeing this highlight reel of some of his most devastating knockouts, how could I leave him off?
Be sure to watch this HILARIOUS story of how Mike Tyson decided to buy some tigers, which he explained on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
What I most admire about Tyson is how he has made strides to turn his life around from his younger, reckless self.
Rogan on Tyson: “He’s just got an intensity that you rarely see from any fighter. The fury that burns inside of him, you can’t manufacture that. You either have that or you don’t.”
#4: Alex Honnold
On JRE episodes: 319, 1189
The famous rockclimber had the world clinging to their sofas in Free Solo, where he free climbed El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.
Climbing with no ropes or safety net, Honnold’s achievement is widely considered one of the most extraordinary athletic performances of all time.
On the JRE podcast, Honnold told Rogan that he once climbed 300 feet up a wall and then realized he had forgotten his chalk. Wow!
Honnold has said that he feels fear, but the key is to stay focused, calm and collected when climbing. It’s scary to think that a 1 second slip or mistake would cause an instantaneous death.
#5: Glenn Villeneuve
On JRE episode: 1395
This guy is someone you have probably never heard of, and he almost wanted to keep it that way.
Villeneuve decided to move to remote Northern Alaska (Brooks Range) and start from scratch, saying “Northern Alaska is the most wild place left in this America.” He built his own cabin, chops his own wood, hunts his own food and lives off the land.
He got started by parking his van and then hiking 60 miles to remote wilderness. There are no roads, just hiking through wild wilderness.
The year before, he left 2 months food, a jug of oil, some flour, and rice and beans in a 50 gallon drum. Other supplies he left: wall tent, rifle, fishing equipment. At one point he ran out of food and had only flour left!
At one point Glenn hadn’t seen another human being for 4.5 months.
He’s spent a lot of time around dangerous predators. Wolves, bears, and wolverines inhabited the same area. He tracked wolves and stole kills from the them for survival. “My rifle is my constant companion.”
Check out this crazy story of Villeneuve fighting off a wolfpack at his camp, which he explained on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
He’s eaten a wide variety of wild game in the Brooks Range: bears, weasels, wolf, caribou, moose, elk, rats, rabbits, etc. Although, he doesn’t like to eat bear meat. He says it’s “not clean meat”, because they eat a lot of rotten food and haveparasitesthat can harm humans.
How did Glenn eat his vegetables? By taking them out of a caribou’s stomach. “That’s how I get vegetables.”
To see more of Glenn Villeneuve, check out Life Below Zero, a documentary show that highlights the day to day life of living in remote Alaska.
#6: Cameron Hanes
On JRE Episodes: 450, 567, 759, 815, 944, 957, 1013, 1074, 1112, 1365
Rogan on #450: “Today we have Cameron Hanes, master bowhunter, all around bada**, queue the music.”
Hanes is a backcountry bowhunter that Joe Rogan has called the best on the planet.
A bonified stud and training partner with David Goggins, Hanes prefers hill running over flat terrain and averages 22 miles every day.
He isn’t the biggest guy, standing about 5’9”, but pound for pound he’s a complete animal. His lifestyle motto is called “Lift Run Shoot”, where he explains that the brutal workouts he endurers is to be a better bowhunter, which provides food for his family – literally.
Bowhunting on his level, as an Under Armour athlete, requires extreme skill, agility, stealth, and fitness. That’s why he trains so damn hard.
And apparently, motivational guys like to hang out together. Check out this amazing video for motivation with Cameron Hanes and David Goggins.
Hanes has written a few books, including:
“Genghis Khan the Mongolian…shooting 160-pound bows…so it’s like archery has always been what the bad***es do.” – Cam Hanes
#7: Forrest Galante
On JRE episodes: 1240, 1403
Galante is a wildlife biologist, television host, conservationist, and extinct animal finder.
On his show, Extinct or Alive on Animal Planet channel, he risks his life trying to find animals that were thought to be extinct. Usually, he has to trek through extremely dangerous terrain and horrid conditions to find the animals.
Galante described to Rogan about having a “close call” with a semi-tranquilized lion.
He’s had some extremely rare finds, including:
- Yellow Caiman Crocodile
- Galápagos tortoise
*The yellow caiman, was thought to be extinct. But Galante explained that nobody had been back there (deep Colombia), because of hostile rebels. Forrest got back there and found one.
Now, Forrest Galante is trying to find a Thylacine – aka Tasmanian tiger. People are going crazy trying to find this thing, thought to be extinct.
Forrest has been on two expeditions looking for it. He says he met a biologist who said he’s seen it. “Like a marsupial wolf with stripes like a tiger…I think it’d be the discover of a century.”
#8: Steven Rinella
On JRE Episodes: 176, 312, 348, 442, 540, 709, 879, 971, 1204, 1341
If you were being attacked by a grizzly bear, Rinella would be the guy you would want with you. Check out this video of Rinella getting charged by one.
Rinella took Joe Rogan on his first hunt in 2012. Rogan had wanted to go hunting for awhile because he knew there was a huge disconnect between the meat he was eating and where it came from.
Rinella is a superior outdoorsman, arguably one of the best hunters on the planet. He’s also a conservationist, and deeply cares about animals and the environment.
He hosts the show MeatEater on Netflix and has written several books, including:
- Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter
- The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game
- American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
Check out this funny but scary video of Rinella getting hit in the butt by a charging moose.
#9: Andy Stumpf
On JRE episode: 720, 1047, 1247, 1445
Stumpf is a retired Navy SEAL officer, who was shot in the hip by an Iraqi insurgent with an AK-47.
Stumpf set two world records for jumping, raising money for the Navy SEAL foundation:
- Jumping out of an airplane at 36,500 feet
- Flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit
In the Navy SEALs he also served as a head instructor, leading 13 other instructors and 600 students through 2nd Phase BUD/S training.
BUD/S, stands for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, notorious for the brutal “hell week” that weeds out most applicants.
The U.S. Men’s Water Polo team thought it would be a good idea to do 1 day of Navy SEAL training. Unfortunately, Andy Stumpf was their instructor for the day.
Many members of the team are seen laughing and giggling at the beginning. It didn’t take but a few minutes for them to become humorless.
#10: Jesse Ventura
On JRE episode: 858
Ventura, has seemingly been in lots of different controversies (defamation lawsuit against American Sniper – Chris Kyle, Opie & Anthony walkoff, friends with Fidel Castro, etc.).
“If this was back in my Navy SEAL days, right now you’d have your b*lls tore out and they’d be shoved down your throat…I’m civilized now, so he’s very lucky.” (On what he would have done to Jim Norton from Opie & Anthony)
He is rough around the edges but is genuinely a good guy with a big heart and very loyal.
Ventura has a wide range of spectacular accomplishments:
- Former Navy SEAL
- Vietnam War Veteran
- Pro Wrestler HOF
- Governor of Minnesota
- Starred in Predator and Running Man movies
And he and Joe have a funny thing in common. They both love wearing fanny packs! Ventura was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
On JRE episodes: 717, 960
If you grew up in the 2000’s you definitely know Steve-O from his hilarious, yet sometimes unbearable stunts on Jackass.
Steve-O makes the list because of the remarkable transition that he’s made in his life. From immature addict, stuntman – to mature, sober, animal advocate. He even gave up smoking cigarettes after smoking for 17 years.
Steve-O, almost lost his life to addiction like friend and fellow Jackass stuntman Ryan Dunn. Now he has been sober for over 10+ years and talked about his sobriety on the podcasts with Rogan.
Also, he makes the list because of the ridiculous pain tolerance he’s shown from all the Jackass stunts he’s done. It takes a serious level of balls to do the stunts he did on the show.
Notable highlights to his Jackass career:
- Got arrested for stapling his ballsack to his leg.
- Pierced his cheek with a fish hook.
- Put a leech on his eyeball and kept it there
- Dangled raw meat from his butt to alligator
- Jumped into ocean from car driving over a bridge
#12: Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Standing at 6’6” and weighing 250 pounds, the former pro wrestler used to step into the ring with Andre The Giant at 7’4” and 520 pounds. Although, yes, wrestling is “fake”, you must be a tough dude to take that kind of beating day in and day out. He also rivaled with Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
And big kudos to Roberts, who has faced opponents much strong than Andre The Giant – addiction, cancer, and pneumonia.
In 2012, the wrestler entered a rehabilitation program from alcohol and drugs, and is now sober. And in 2014, he overcame muscular cancer and double pneumonia in two separate battles.
He’s nicknamed “The Snake” because he used to bring pythons, and even king cobra into the ring to use as part of his entertainment act.
Listen to this crazy story from Joe Rogan’s podcast, of how he used to drive for Andre The Giant and would get an unfathomable amount of beer for him.
Roberts was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2020.
#13: Ronnie Coleman
On JRE episode: 1489
“I always said you look like a dude they invented in a Marvel comic book to kill the Hulk.” – Joe Rogan on Ronnie Coleman
Coleman won Mr. Olympia an amazing 8 times in a row, from 1998 – 2005. And he finished runner-up in 2006.
Now, he battles his body in a different way with back issues and numerous surgeries. On the JRE podcast, Coleman told Joe that he got into bodybuilding just to get a free gym membership.
Before he got HUGE, he went to Grambling State University and played middle linebacker on the football team. Also, he excelled in the classroom – graduating cum laude which is top 25% in his class.
- Adam Greentree
- CT Fletcher
- Dakota Meyer
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Dan Crenshaw
- Diamond Dallas Page
- Evander Holyfield
- Henry Rollins
- James Wilks
- Joe De Sena
- Mike Baker – CIA officer
- Pavel Tsatsouline
- Rob Kearney
- Robert Oberst
- Tait Fletcher
- Tony Hawk
- Trevor Thompson
What is the most motivational Joe Rogan podcast? ›
- Gary Vaynerchuk. If it's making money or hearing success stories that get you going. ...
- Jordan Peterson. ...
- Jocko Willink. ...
- Dr. ...
- David Goggins. ...
- Tyson Fury. ...
- Courtney Dauwalter. ...
- Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
- Edward Snowden (JRE #1368 & JRE #1536) ...
- Elon Musk (#1169, #1470, & #1609) ...
- Lance Armstrong (#737) ...
- Bob Lazar and Jeremy Corbell (#1315) ...
- Bernie Sanders (#1330) ...
- Russell Brand (#1238) ...
- Paul Stamets (#1035) ...
- Quentin Tarantino (#1675)
The person with the most JRE guest appearances is Brendan Schaub at 85. He is closely followed by Eddie Bravo with 83 appearances and Bryan Callen who has appeared 81 times. Schaub, Bravo and Callen have been the main trio of guests on Fight Companion podcasts so their appearance numbers could be considered inflated.What is the most viewed Joe Rogan podcast? ›
The most listened-to Joe Rogan podcast is episode 1169. In this episode, Joe Rogan invited Elon Musk. The episode was not only fun and thrilling but also included knowledge about his company management ventures.How much is Joe Rogan getting paid for his podcast? ›
Joe Rogan's Spotify Deal Allegedly Worth $200 Million, Doubling Initial Report. I'm a Los Angeles-based news desk reporter for Forbes.Who was Joe Rogan's first guest? ›
The show developed with Rogan having friends as guests and having lengthy conversations with them regarding various subjects; comedian Ari Shaffir was the first guest, who appeared on episode No. 3 on January 6, 2010.How much money does Spotify make off of Joe Rogan? ›
Spotify Bet Big on Joe Rogan. It Got More Than It Counted On. The deal that brought his podcast to Spotify is said to be worth over $200 million, more than was previously known.Who has the number 1 podcast? ›
|1||The Joe Rogan Experience||Spotify|
|2||The Daily||The New York Times|
|4||This American Life||This American Life|
What is the most downloaded podcast episode of all time? This American Life is the most downloaded podcast of all time with more than 2 million people downloading it.What is Joe Rogan's favorite watch? ›
Rolex Submariner No Date
It seems that Rogan has a preference for steel Rolex tool watches. In addition to the Yacht-Master, Rogan has been seen wearing perhaps the most popular Rolex of all time, the Rolex Submariner.
What are the top 10 podcasts? ›
- This American Life. Show summary from Apple Podcasts: “This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. ...
- Dolly Parton's America. ...
- WTF with Marc Maron. ...
- Reply All. ...
- Stuff You Should Know. ...
- The Daily. ...
- Office Ladies. ...
- My Favorite Murder.
Rogan tapes his show in a low-slung, nondescript building on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. The show doesn't pay guests, but it did fly me down there.Is Joe Rogan the highest paid podcaster? ›
Joe Rogan The Joe Rogan Experience
$30 million: The decade-old podcast is No. 1 in the world and claims as many as 190 million downloads per month. Rogan's headline-making interviews with comedians, politicians, MMA fighters and conspiracy theorists are to thank—but the show hasn't been without controversy.
Andrew Schulz and Akaash Singh are among the highest-paid podcasters in 2022 and the hosts of Flagrant 2, a Patreon-specific podcast that makes its content available to the three tiers of accessible content for its subscribers.How much money does Joe Rogan pay Jamie? ›
Based on how much money The Joe Rogan Experience has brought in over the years, fans of the podcast have estimated that producer Jamie Vernon makes $125,000 to $150,000 annually.How much does Joe Rogan make per live show? ›
How Does Joe Rogan Spend His Money? Joe Rogan is a successful comedian, actor, and host of Fear Factor. Rogan is also known for being the host of his own podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. He earns $100,000 per episode.Who is Joe Rogan's wife? ›
Personal life. Rogan married Jessica Ditzel, a former cocktail waitress, in 2009. The couple have two daughters; the first was born in 2008 and the second in 2010.Who turned down Joe Rogan? ›
Joe Rogan, whose contrarian views on vaccines and political conspiracy theories have made him popular with many supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, revealed that he had declined to host Mr. Trump on his influential podcast several times. “I've had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once.Why does Joe Rogan guests wear headphones? ›
Headphones are worn during the recording of a podcast to allow each person to monitor the audio feed in real-time. They can listen for any issues with the audio and adjust their voice, microphone position or audio levels accordingly. Joe Rogan uses the Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones.Who offered Joe Rogan $100 million from Spotify? ›
Thiel-Backed Video Platform Rumble Offers Joe Rogan $100 Million to Switch From Spotify. As the controversy surrounding Spotify's relationship with podcast host Joe Rogan continues, Rumble has offered Rogan $100 million to bring his show, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” over to the free-speech-centric video platform.
How much does the UFC pay Joe Rogan? ›
Joe Rogan receives a basic fee of $5,000 for covering a UFC bout. The PPV fees add $50,000. Annually, Joe Rogan UFC salary amounts to $550,000.Who won podcast of the year 2022? ›
More Stories by J. Clara. 9/12 — the podcast created by Pineapple Street Studios, Amazon Music and Wondery — took home the top prize at this year's Ambie Awards ceremony. The podcast, which examines the aftermath of the Sept.What is the #1 podcast in 2022? ›
The top 10 shows based on measurement from Q3 2021 – Q2 2022 are as follows: The Joe Rogan Experience. Crime Junkie. The Daily.Who are the top 5 podcasters? ›
- THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE. Hosted by Joe Rogan.
- CRIME JUNKIE. Hosted by Ashley Flowers & Brit Prawat.
- CALL HER DADDY. Hosted by Alexandra Cooper.
- MY FAVORITE MURDER. Hosted by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark.
- THE BEN SHAPIRO SHOW. ...
- THE DAILY. ...
- OFFICE LADIES. ...
- POD SAVE AMERICA.
“Typically, a podcaster with around 10,000 downloads per episode can expect to earn somewhere between $500 to $900. Very successful podcasts can earn much more, reaching up to $30 million in annual income.”Who is number 1 on Apple podcast? ›
|1 ▶–||Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri If Books Could Kill|
|2 ▶–||Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra|
|3 ▶–||NBC News Dateline NBC|
|4 ▶–||Tenderfoot TV, Resonate Recordings & Cadence 13 Culpable|
|5 ▶–||audiochuck Crime Junkie|
The Tech Guy is often noted as the longest-running podcast. In fact, Leo Laporte now hosts several shows, including This Week in Tech (which won the first-ever People's Choice award for podcasts).How many hours a night does Joe Rogan sleep? ›
As a comedian, he's frequently up until 3 am entertaining people on the stage or hanging out with his friends. He doesn't follow a strict sleep schedule. His only rule is to get eight hours a night. With that being said, he wakes up anywhere from 10 am to noon, depending on the previous night.Is The Joe Rogan Experience the #1 podcast? ›
RANKINGS. Spotify revealed the most popular podcasts on its platform for 2021 — with controversial talk show “The Joe Rogan Experience” taking the No. 1 slot globally.Is Joe Rogan the most successful podcast? ›
With a back catalogue of more than 1,700 episodes, and an average of 11 million listeners, The Joe Rogan Experience has become the one of the world's most popular podcasts.
Will Spotify ever cancel Joe Rogan? ›
Memo from CEO Daniel Ek says Spotify will not cancel 'The Joe Rogan Experience' podcast - The Washington Post.What is the #1 podcast in the world? ›
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|1||The Daily||The New York Times|
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|1||The Joe Rogan Experience||Spotify|
|2||The Daily||The New York Times|
#1 The Joe Rogan Experience
In 2009, Joe Rogan launched The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which became one of the most popular podcasts in the world.
- The Joe Rogan Experience.
- Crime Junkie.
- The Daily.
- This American Life.
- My Favorite Murder.
- Stuff You Should Know.
- The Ben Shapiro Show (up from #9 in Q1)
- Call Her Daddy (up from #10 in Q1)
Spotify's Joe Rogan Deal Is Said to Be Worth Over $200 Million - The New York Times. Music|Spotify Bet Big on Joe Rogan.How much did Joe Rogan lose Spotify? ›
Spotify lost $4 billion in market value this week after rock icon Neil Young called out the company for allowing comedian Joe Rogan to use its service to spread misinformation about the COVID vaccine on his popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” At the end of the day Friday, Jan.Who Quit Spotify Joe Rogan? ›
Their signed warning couldn't move the app to act, so musician activists Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Nils Lofgren did, announcing a boycott of the platform. Spotify has since slapped a content advisory on some of Rogan's episodes containing questionable discussion of COVID-19.Why do people want Joe Rogan to leave Spotify? ›
Sure enough, the list of people criticizing Spotify over its Rogan deal — and the content Rogan has put out since then — includes Spotify's own employees, who complained that his podcast is transphobic, and 270 doctors and other health experts, who wrote an open letter saying Rogan's podcasts were “mass-misinformation ...Why are musicians pulling out of Spotify? ›
The latest incident in which several artists have boycotted Spotify over a podcast episode in which misinformation about COVID-19 was discussed as fact, highlights the need for platforms to tighten their content guidelines.
How many listeners does Joe Rogan have per episode? ›
Rogan is also the most successful podcaster on Earth with around 11 million listeners per episode. What is his appeal?