“Do you listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast?”
This is a question I’ll probably ask you within 15 minutes of us meeting for the first time. If you are not familiar with Rogan’s ‘cast I won’t hold it against you, but if you are an avid listener we’ll be able to quickly accelerate our conversation to the good stuff and bypass the generic small talk. Rogan is my social litmus test and will instantly tell me whether or not I can take our conversation in the weird directions that I prefer to take it.
Look, I get it, Rogan isn’t for everybody. His podcasts are ridiculously long, his THC-fueled tangents are frequent, and there is zero theme or consistency to the types of guests he brings on the show. These, however, are the exact reasons I love it, but I understand that some people just can’t handle the chaos. One day he’s talking to a Ph.D in biomedical science and expert on nutritional health, the next he’s talking to a successful entrepreneur “slash” advocate for the productive use of psychedelics, then he dials it back for a light-hearted convo with one of the greatest standup comics of our generation, only to switch things up again for a sit down with the definitive master of consumer marketing.
If you’re new to the Rogan podcast I recommend scrolling through his iTunes archive and looking for an episode with a guest who intrigues you. Coincidentally, his most recent episode is with Gary Vaynerchuk, who I covered in my last installment of People Who Know Shit. I haven’t listened yet, but it’s guaranteed to be a great one: