UFC commentator and comedian Joe Rogan’s last stand-up performance was on June 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The comedian expressed his awe at the grandeur of the arena atmosphere in an Instagram video.
Rogan’s post read:
“Walking on stage at the @mgmgrand Garden Arena is a very surreal experience.”
Watch the clip below:
The comic appeared at the MGM Grand as part of its sequel The Holy Clown Tour. The UFC commentator has four more appearances scheduled for the year.
He is scheduled to perform at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas on July 29th, at the Chicago Theater in Illinois on August 5th and 6th, and at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 19th. Tickets for the shows are currently available through ticketmaster.com.
Joe Rogan undoubtedly had a busy week. A day after his appearance at the MGM Grand, he joined Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik in the UFC 276 commentary booth.
UFC 276 marked reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s fifth title defense. Also at the event, Alexander Volkanovski won his trilogy bout against Max Holloway. Champion Volkanovski has now defended his featherweight title four times by defeating Holloway.
Joe Rogan on becoming a comedian
In a 2017 episode of JRE, Scottish singer Sherly Manson asked Joe Rogan why he became a stand-up comedian. The 54-year-old comedian replied that his martial arts friends talked him into doing stand-up.
Rogan said long before he did comedy, he often cracked jokes during sparring sessions to lighten the mood:
“I was talked into doing stand-up by my martial arts friends… I was just funny, it was gallows humor… we were about to fight and I would be the guy to make everyone laugh because everyone was so nervous because.” it was scary. They beat each other’s shit up.
“So I was always getting impressions of people having sex and making jokes… It was a long time before I thought about being a comedian. I was just trying to lighten the mood and that’s how I ended up getting up.”
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Rogan’s first stand-up performance was on August 27, 1988 in Boston. In an interview with fellow comedian Kevin Smith, Rogan said making his stand-up debut was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his life.
Watch Joe Rogan talk about his stand-up debut below: