The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) has become one of the biggest podcasts in the world thanks to the its hosts charismatic personality and the range of topics the show covers. Thanks to the JRE podcast’s massive popularity, Joe Rogan has access to many high-profile celebrity guests. Over the span of almost 2,000 episodes, Rogan has had quite a few intriguing guests. Here’s our list of the most interesting Joe Rogan podcasts to date.
While Rogan has had numerous high-profile guests on the Joe Rogan Experience, the initial episode featuring Elon Musk is his most viewed episode to date. In episode #1169, Musk discusses a wide range of topics such as the developments in artificial intelligence and how he runs his multiple businesses. But what really made this episode so popular is when the Tesla and SpaceX CEO agreed to smoke pot with Rogan. This move caused Tesla stock to temporarily drop by 9% following the release of the episode. Since then, Musk has returned twice as a guest on Rogan’s podcast on episodes #1470 and #1609.
Quentin Tarantino (JRE #1675)
One of Joe Rogan’s most exciting podcast episodes features legendary director and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. “The Pulp Fiction” director takes this opportunity to delve into his past and future work in the film industry. Tarantino touches on the controversy regarding the depiction of Bruce Lee in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He also gives viewers a better idea of how the 1992 breakout film Reservoir Dogs came to be. Tarantino explains his plans to stop making movies after his tenth one. Overall, this episode is a must-watch for movie buffs and enthusiasts who would like to learn more about Quentin Tarantino.
In Episode 1283, Joe Rogan and Russell Brand go back and forth on hilarious and intriguing topics for over three hours. Russell Brand’s over-the-top personality and charisma shine through in this episode. In fact, Brand had already been featured as a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast twice prior to episode #1283. As expected from two comedians, Rogan and Brand make for a hilarious duo. Still, they’re able to balance discussing serious and not-so-serious topics — including veganism, DMT and other things.
Mike Tyson is regarded as a boxing legend and one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. Given Rogan’s fascination with fighting, it seemed like a no-brainer to invite Tyson to appear on the JRE podcast. The legendary heavyweight hosts his own podcast, which makes him a natural at storytelling and engaging the audience. The boxing champion tells stories from a wild life filled with crazy experiences. Particularly funny: Iron Mike gives us a glimpse into his past and his experiences with different drugs. Due to the episode’s positive reception, Tyson returned to episode #1532 in 2020.
Lance Armstrong (JRE #737)
After Lance Armstrong’s infamous doping incident, he went from being one of the most respected athletes in the world to the biggest cheater in sporting history. On the podcast, Rogan and Armstrong talk about the cyclist’s seven consecutive Tour De France victories and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong gives insight into how common doping has become in sports and the aftermath following his drug controversy. The former cycling champion also talks about how the scandal impacted the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded to provide support to cancer patients.
Edward Snowden (JRE #1368)
Edward Snowden is the former intelligence employee and whistleblower responsible for leaking highly-classified documents of the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden made his appearance on the JRE podcast following the release of his autobiography “Public Record.” Throughout the episode, Snowden sheds light on his discovery of how the U.S government was keeping tabs on its citizens which is a human right violation. He also discusses popular conspiracy theories such as the existence of aliens, for which he hasn’t found any evidence yet.
Bob Lazar and Jeremy Corbell (JRE#1315)
Edward Snowden is not the only JRE podcast guest who is suspicious of alien lifeforms. Bob Lazar claims to have reverse-engineered an alien spacecraft during his time working with the government. Jeremy Corbell directed a documentary about Lazar’s experiences with extraterrestrial activities and discoveries from Area 51. Joe Rogan is extremely fascinated with talk about extraterrestrial beings, which makes this episode all the more entertaining. While nobody knows for sure if Lazar’s claims are true, this episode is still a great listen.
Bernie Sanders (JRE #1330)
Prior to the 2020 elections, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience to discuss his policies. It is not often that we see politicians share their opinions in a long-form format, so it’s refreshing to have Sanders openly discuss topics such as gun control and the decriminalization of drugs. Although Sanders eventually lost the Democratic presidential primary to Joe Biden, the interview is still worth checking out to get a better understanding of what the U.S. Senator of Vermont stands for.
Kanye West (JRE #1554)
Kanye West has always been a polarizing figure given his eccentric personality and uncontrollable desire to voice controversial opinions. In this episode, West discusses his religious journey and speaks about rekindling his relationship with God. Following the release of his gospel album “Jesus is King,” Kanye expresses regret in some of the words in his older lyrics. In addition, he goes on to talk about his presidential campaign, his relationship with Donald Trump, and bipolar disorder treatment. In typical Kanye fashion, West is constantly going off on a tangent and making absurd comments. Whether you believe Kanye is a genius, crazy, or both, this episode definitely stands out as one of the most interesting Joe Rogan podcasts
Dr. Rhonda Patrick (JRE #1054)
Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a nutritional health expert with a Ph.D. in biomedical science. Throughout episode #1054, she emphasizes the importance of physical fitness and exercise on our physical and mental health. Dr. Patrick and Rogan also go into how specific diets and vitamins can affect the body. Health-conscious people looking for an expert’s opinion on how to improve their health will definitely find this episode enjoyable. Moreover, Dr. Patrick is a recurring guest on the JRE podcast and has appeared on 9 different episodes so far.