I’ve been enjoying Joe Rogan’s fascinating interviews for quite a while now. It might sound strange, if you remember Rogan from television shows like News Radio or Fear Factor, but the stand up comedian turned actor turned UFC commentator has come a long way since those days, and some might call him the “gateway drug” to a wide world of insightful thinkers — from fellow comedians and MMA fighters to fascinating authors, academics, leading scientists and medical doctors, and a wide array of researchers expanding our understanding of the world.

His Joe Rogan Experience podcast is jam-packed with inspiring and enlightening interviews, coming up on 1000 episodes very soon.

Today is Joe’s birthday, so I made a little tribute for his 50th lap around the sun.

The Creation of Joe Rogan - McKillangelo
The Creation of Joe – by McKillangelo

Just a work passion to say I’m grateful for his incredible podcast, his intellect, for having his voice in my ears these last several years exposing me to hundreds of new people, new ideas, and helping give me a bigger map of the world. Thank you Joe Rogan and happy 50th you legend!

We polled the 1000+ members of our Joe Rogan Experience Fan Club on Facebook to decide who to include, and I casted Jordan Peterson in a central role since Joe recently declared Peterson his favorite interview guest of all time on the JRE podcast #958!

Here are some favorite clips from our Top 12, in order of popularity:

(WARNING: these may not be safe for work, and many of them include obscene/vulgar language)

Dr. Jordan Peterson

Full episode JRE #958

Joey “Coco” Diaz

Full episode JRE #39 with Eddie Bravo

Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson

Full episode JRE #725

Duncan Trussell

Full episode JRE #179 with Brian Redban

Bert Kreischer

Full episode JRE #73 with Brian Redban

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Full episode JRE #310

Chris Ryan

Full episode JRE #739 with Duncan Trussell

Alex Jones & Eddie Bravo

Full episode JRE #911

Russell Brand

Full episode JRE #812 with Jim Breuer

Sam Harris

On Vipassana meditation retreat

Full episode JRE #543

Jocko Willink

Full episode JRE #729

Dr. Rhonda Patrick

Full episode JRE #941

“We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures. Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.”

—Joe Rogan

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