Podcasts are radio at its finest. As such, they should be lauded and enjoyed, and most importantly shared. I am an official podcast connoisseur, listening in only the fanciest of rooms with the fanciest of headsets. These shows come in such varied flavors that anyone can find something to like. While we continue many of my own personal favorite shows, this is about exploring new shows as much as sharing old ones. From the dreadfully popular to the freaky basement recordings of strangers, welcome to Podcap. This week we visit with The Joe Rogan Experience, for the episode “#448 - Tom Segura,” released February 3, 2014.

I Know That Guy! Wait...How Do I Know That Guy?
Comedy nerds know Joe Rogan as the comic who calls others out for thievery. Most notably he started the hoopla about Carlos Mencia being a joke thief, and of course Dane Cook. Love him or hate him, Rogan is a guy who hates bullshit and calls everyone out on theirs. The rest of the world knows Joe in one of two ways: either as the host of the NBC show Fear Factor, or as the color commentary guy from the UFC fights. The Joe Rogan Experience is a long form conversational podcast where Rogan talks mainly with comedians, but occasionally with interesting people with fascinating stories to tell.

Dude Bro, What’s Up?
The Joe Rogan Experience is as typical of a podcast as you can get. At least, the kind that involves people discussing general topics. It has also aired on satellite radio, so there’s a polished radio vibe to the show. But Rogan keeps things loose and free most of the time, often daring to go into topics he has no clue about and is willing to explore. He’ll admit to being wrong, or not knowing, just as often as he’ll make claims that are just plain wrong. In other words, he’s a dude just talking about shit.

For the most part Rogan’s show sticks with comedian guests. Rather than always having something to plug or promote, The Joe Rogan Experience has them on to be another funny commentator on the topics at hand. It’s a simple system, easily accessible to those still not sure they’re ready to jump into the podcast listening pool. Rogan is fairly liberal, but his comedy style is a little bit of the “douche dude” style. Just remember, it’s a comedy podcast and he’s joking. A fact he’ll sometimes explain, because above all things Rogan is a joke nerd.

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