Thank you to everyone that came out to the show last night! Completely by chance I happened to be the last person to perform at The Moore before they renovated it. Hopefully they don’t do too much to it, because it’s a beautiful theatre. Seattle, as always, is one cool motherfucking town. One of the smartest, most interesting cities in The USA. Here’s the audience photos from last nights show. Made love to all you freaks.
Thanks for an awesome time, my friends. I’m typing this in my hotel room right now after the show. I’ve been working a lot on my new SYFY show and I haven’t been doing as many dates on the road these past few weeks, so this show tonight at The Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg was extra fun for me.
Shows like tonight just make me want to write and perform more. I had an incredibly fun time tonight, and when I have a show like that after it’s over I get very motivated and inspired. I’m one of the luckiest humans on earth, and I really, truly appreciate the fuck out of all you cool people that have been coming to my shows. I’ve tapped into this vein of ridiculously kind, ultra-friendly human beings and it’s one of the many great and unexpected benefits of doing my podcast and stand up.
Mad love to you all. Pictures are up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joerogandotnet
This was the first time I tried using my own camera after a show to take pictures with audience members, and it went better than I could have hoped.
In the past I would take photos with people, but 7 out of 10 (a number I just randomly made up) of the people would struggle to figure out how to work the camera on their phone and the process of taking a shit load of pictures that way can get pretty time consuming, especially for the staff of the theater that has to stay late and wait for me to finish before they can go home.
This time I took all the photos myself and then uploaded them later that night. It cut the time down dramatically, and that’s how we’re going to do it from now on. Thanks for you patience and understanding.
Someone took one of my rants from the podcast and put some cool music and autotune to it. I really haven’t been posting many blog entries since I’ve been writing my book, so I thought I would share it here.
I’m still banging away on my book and diving deep into the river of my twisted mind to try to get all the stories out and get the ideas to rise and take form. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too. I’m enjoying the fuck out of it, and I can’t wait for you guys to take in the finished product. No idea what the title is going to be yet, but it’s part autobiographical and part psychedelic inspired epiphanies and observations on this crazy life. More to come, but for now please enjoy this youtube clip.
I like to smoke pot and work out.
To the ill informed or the uninitiated in the magical ways of the sacred plant, this can seem like a very contradictory practice.
In fact though, that notion could not be further from the truth.
Getting high and working out is one of the least talked about and least appreciated pleasures of fitness. Lifting weights is fun when you’re under the spell, cardio is cool too, but for me, nothing compares to getting really high and hitting the heavy bag.
2 tokes of the good is usually all it takes to start the enchanted wave – 3 if I wanna go deep.
As its spirit enters my system it flows from the lungs into the bloodstream and as it passes through the body slowly every cell along the way sighs a collective “ahhhh…” and accepts the pleasure of the enchanted state.
Music is a must. I’ve got a punching bag set up over matts in my garage, and I’ve got a speaker dock for my ipod.
“I wanna be a billionaire” starts things off as I begin to shadow box. I’ve got a timer on the wall that fires off a loud bell every 3 minutes and lighter bells every 30 seconds to let me know when to work, sprint, and when to rest. By the second round of shadow boxing is over The Black Keys have taken over the tunes and the sweat has started to flow.
For me the initial goal is always the balance between concentration and losing myself completely in the movements. That’s where the love is. When the two of them sync up perfectly together the body flows smoothly from technique to technique, never stopping to admire the work, always using the breath as a mantra to hold the frequency.
There’s two common times in my life where I always feel like I have to write my feelings down right there and then because it is a special and fragile vibe that I’m tuning into, and I want to hold onto as much of it as possible.
One is when I’m out and I’m having a great time with some friends, and I’m just catching a buzz and I go to the bathroom to take a leak.
I’ve come to some life altering revelations about friendships and what’s important in my life while pissing into a urinal and reflecting on the wonders of this temporary experience on this floating rock. I always think that I need to step aside and write down how I feel right then and there while I’ve got a hold of this, the slipperiest of thoughts, but I never wind up doing it.
I usually wind up just hanging out and having fun, but somehow I almost always eventually lose the magic of that precious inspiration as the night goes on, and then I have to wait until a similar night in a similar urinal to recapture that fuzzy picture again.
The other time I feel that way is right after I get done getting high and working out, and that’s where I’m at right now. I’m dripping sweat onto the keyboard wearing a soaked t shirt and sitting on a folded towel. If I showered before I sat down to write this I’m pretty sure I would have lost some of what I’m feeling right now.
There’s a sweet wisdom that reveals itself out there in that garage. It doesn’t give me any complete answers, but it allows the human consciousness a brief respite from the monkey body and offers a clearer view of what it really is that we’re dealing with in this life.
By the time I’ve moved from shadow boxing to putting the gloves on and bouncing in front of the bag waiting for the bell to go off I’ve settled into the favorable groove.
As every combination is fired off and feet and fists slam into the bag the lungs must be filled and exhaled. The feet must pivot in response to the moving hands. The hands must torque and swing with the arms to penetrate deep into the bag with the kick. My mind juggles focus on technique with constant regulation of the breath and an appreciation of the music. All three dance together in a beautiful storm of moving meditation, discipline and inspiration, and if my mind is true and I commit to the trance I can lose myself in the wave.
So much of our perspective is swayed and affected by the state of the body. You don’t even realize how little independence the mind normally has from the pull of its biological vessel until you find a way to completely silence that inner chimp.
3 rounds of shadow boxing, 5 hard rounds of kicking and punching, and then finally 2 rounds of jumping rope and 5 more rounds of stretching. The monkey shoots his fix and goes offline, leaving behind a mind free and light.
I want to smile and laugh. I want to hug friends and loved ones. I want to somehow tap into this feeling and extend it through my day. My whole body is buzzing with freedom and energy – free of the stress and tension and energized with positive energy and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the world around me.
I’m hoping that writing this down is going to help me corral some of this frequency. I’m hoping that careful focus and reflection on how I’m feeling exactly right now will aid me in my personal evolution. I’m hoping I can move through this life more freely with less resistance, and that I can elevate the course of my own path because of it. I’m also hoping that the honesty and momentum of these thoughts vibrating around in my mind right now can bounce off these typed words and resonate with you as well.
I’m writing all this down with hope, for all of us.
Life can be really fucking beautiful, but man is it a tricky thing to manage.
I’ve been at this podcast thing for months now, but we’ve finally gotten the audio kinks worked out.
I guess I should have hired an audio engineer, but there’s something cool about figuring the entire thing out week by week from scratch.
Maybe not so cool for you folks that had to crank up your speakers to hear us talk, only to forget and get your ears blown out when you tried to listen to R Kelly on youtube.
I know you’re thinking, “Why the fuck would I be checking out R Kelly on youtube? Mr. Rogan, do you even know your audience?”
I would have probably asked the same question if I hadn’t seen this particular video:
I watched that fucking thing yesterday at least 10 times, and it makes me laugh harder and harder each time. R Kelly is my favorite unintentional black comedian.
That’s a new category I just made up, and he’s the only one I can think that fits in it perfectly.
Anyway, the book writing is coming along, and I’ve got lots of other cool shit cooking.
Today’s podcast will start about an hour and a half from the time I’m posting this, and is regularly scheduled for 3PM pacific time unless something comes up, in which case it will be posted on twitter. It’s live every week on ustream, and then appears on itunes the next day.
Come get some: http://www.ustream.tv/joerogan
I have no idea why I made “me” start with a capital letter, but fuck it, I’m keeping it as is.
If you’re not familiar with his work, Daniel is a really interesting guy, and the author of two very well received books on the psychedelic experience, “Breaking Open the Head” and “2012 The Return of Quetzalcoatl.”
This was a conversation we had about the whole “2012″ movement, and it turned into a stoned rant on the nature of reality, our life on earth, and of course the DMT experience.
I haven’t been writing much lately because of all my traveling, and I can’t really promise I’ll be updating this too often, but I’m gonna try for at least once a week.
My main writing is focused on my book right now, and that should take me at least a few months to complete.
In the meantime I’ll have some shorter entries here, and of course my weekly video podcasts will continue. The audio version of my podcast is also available on itunes, free of charge.
Enjoy the video!
Here’s my latest podcast from ustream. It’s just me and a webcam, rambling and answering questions.
I do this every week, usually on Tuesdays. The best way to keep up with all this stuff is to follow my twitter, http://twitter.com/joerogandotnet
I’m going to be at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City next Friday the 26th. I’m only in NYC once every year or 2, and the tickets are going fast so I don’t want any of you guys to hear about this when it’s too late. Jump on that shit! I’ll be there with the young and talented Ari Shaffir.