The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: Comedians On Drugs

Podcasts and Becoming A Man

“Podcasts” are slowly becoming a “trend” that people are starting to pick up on.  It’s a hell of alot easier to embrace this trend with a decent phone.  It’s also one way you can learn quite a bit – for free you stinges – and improve your ability to interact with the world.  Take it from an old soul like me; I just turned 26 and every bit of attained wisdom helps make life that much more enjoyable.

While I might get pumped up to a thumping hardcore beatdown song, I actually learn something from podcasts often.  Now, we all know the radio sucks for the most part – both talk and music – and that we need something different.  You get sick of even your own favorite music – one can only listen to songs about smoking blunts with bitches in the club so many times without feeling unfulfilled.

I worked 3rd shift as a kickass shelf stocker for a year.  (Don’t do this.) Besides destroying my social life and sleep schedule, I went through most of my music collection at work and realized that it was NOT passing the time fast enough.  I ended up switching to audiobooks as well as podcasts. I’ve gone through all of my audiobooks, but there are always a large and ever increasing amount of podcasts coming out.

I’ve been referred to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast before, but I never really checked it out until recently where I flipped the youtube podcast video on one monitor while doing some homework on the other monitor.

Giving The Rogan A Chance

Joe Rogan for those of you who don’t know is a popular commentator for the UFC, a standup comedian, a “man’s man”, and he’s been doing this podcast of his since 2009 which is co-hosted by Brian Redban.  It isn’t some unknown podcast in someone’s basement either. He has had people on like Kid Cudi, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Immortal Technique, Bill Burr, Rick Ross, Cenk Ugyur, and alot of MMA fighters.

In thus episode Doug Stanhope is blasted out of his mind on shrooms, Rogan is on something else, and Joey Diaz is talking about selling coke to Whitney Houston.  It’s probably some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever heard – in my life – and from all three them which are of course – standup comedians.

Watching the JRE is like taking a few liberal arts and humanities course at a college without the debt and annoying trigger warnings. You get a steady does of everything from philosophy to comedy.  It also really helps past the time at work and in the car I’ve noticed. The fact that he is a standup comedian himself and he interviews so many other comedians at the same time with other guest makes for a show that is rather entertaining.

Seriously, get on this.

Offensive Humor Is Everyone’s Guilty Pleasure.

Have you ever heard a very offensive joke and then laughed maniacally and hysterically? Have you then said to yourself and/or those around you in a low voice, “Wow, that was really bad.” as if that would somehow cushion the reality of how bad the joke is? 

Well, I certainly have, and I can guarantee that almost everyone has done the same. There is just something about those extremely offensive jokes that you can say online – reddit – and with your “friends” group that you can’t say in public places – like your job – because you may get fired, have your reputation destroyed; all the outcomes that people dread in today’s “You will walk on glass” society. 

I was at a close friend’s house yesterday, and we literally spent at least 3 hours reading through this reddit thread of very offensive jokes and laughing our asses off. I was crying at one point.  After essentially every joke, I couldn’t help thinking to myself, “Wow that’s really bad.”  No, these we actually really bad.  These were jokes that you would have to utter in the dark cobbles for fear of people overhearing them and shunning you. 

I’ll post a sample of just the Princess Diana jokes as well, those might only be very offensive to the British. Observe, and of course laugh:

What was the last thing to go through Princess Diana’s mind before she died? The stereo.
How are a cell phone signal and Princess Diana alike?
They both die in tunnels.
How are Princess Diana and Pink Floyd similar?
Their last big hit was the wall.

I couldn’t help post a few of these on facebook and at least one of my friends did not find these funny – or at least she doesn’t admit to it. She made a valid point however in that, “Nothing about someone dying is funny.”   From a moral standpoint, mine that it to say, she is right.  Some dark corner of myself however found all three of those jokes about someone dying to be absolutely hysterical. I couldn’t help but laugh. 

Is this just a guilty pleasure that I have? Should I be laughing at the misfortune – understatement indeed – of others?  Why am I so amused by the rather horrid nature of some of the reddit jokes I saw? I wonder if knowing how bad the jokes are makes them that much funnier because of just how bad they are. 

There is however a disturbing thought I have regarding comedy in general: The concept of comedy at its root is pointing to the misfortune of others at some level and being amused by it.   I think this is true of even the most “innocent” jokes. There is some sort of stupidity, ignorance, misfortune, ect that we are all poking fun at. Seriously, think about it. 

One final thought: Is comedy really an “all or none of the above” kind of concept? Either all comedy is off limits, or nothing is for comedy to truly be an art that can freely express itself? Beats me.