Upcoming guest: Kanye West

Kanye West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque-pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large.

West’s outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, and race. His marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been a source of substantial media attention. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA.

West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 120 million records sold worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone‘s 2012 update of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list and he ties with Bob Dylan for having topped the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll the most number of times ever, with four number-one albums each. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

Kanye West to appear on JRE podcast

Upcoming guests: Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old.  Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout or stoppage, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in the second round, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

Joe Rogan announced that Tyson will appear on JRE podcast on January 17 2019.

Mike Tyson to appear on JRE podcast

Kliph Nesteroff – The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy (2015)

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy
by Grove Press

Kliph Nesteroff is a former stand-up comic turned writer. A longtime contributor to WFMU, writing about the history of comedy, Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomed comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks, Fred Willard and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

“Entertaining and carefully documented . . . I thought I knew a lot about the history of American comedy. But this book located gaps in my knowledge I never knew were there and filled them with jaw-dropping anecdotes that made my eyes spin in different directions . . . This book is a real treat.”—Merrill Markoe, Wall Street Journal

“In the past decade, there have been several superb history books about comedy . . . but none will entertain comedy nerds as much as Kliph Nesteroff’s The Comedians . . . sprawling and savvy . . . comedy’s answer to Luc Sante’s Low Life.”New York Times Book Review

“An antic history of U.S. comedy . . . Nesteroff writes with insider perception . . . With his encyclopedic knowledge, a talent for vivid anecdotes and tireless gusto . . . [The Comedians is] an insightful overview of the most independent and subversive entertainment genre of the last century.”Washington Post

“[An] excellent book.”New York Times

The Comedians . . . is right up there with I’m Dying Up Here, Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live and Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, in terms of thoroughness, engagement and lasting significance.”L.A. Weekly (Best Local Comedy Author)

Upcoming guest: Sylvester Stallone

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone’s films for over 30 years, making “Sly” one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever box office draws.

Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series (1976–2018), soldier John Rambo in the five Rambo films (1982–2019), mercenary Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films (2010–2014) and structure engineer Ray Breslin in the three Escape Plan films (2013-2019). He wrote or co-wrote most of the 16 films in the first three popular franchises and directed many of them.

Stallone’s film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry, and had its props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. His use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps, and Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum. It was announced on December 7, 2010, that he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category.

In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. He became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. He received positive reviews, as well as his first Golden Globe Award win and a third Academy Award nomination, for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film Creed.

Who is Whitney Cummings?

Whitney Cummings is an American comedian, actress and producer. She is best known as the creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls and the NBC sitcom Whitney, appearing in the lead role of the latter. Cummings was a producer and writer for the ABC revival of Roseanne.


Grew up in Washington, D.C.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania in three years.
Is a stand-up comic.
Was named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2007.
The first female comedian to perform in Dubai and Beirut.
Nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Whitney (2011), at The Women’s Image Network (WIN) Awards 2012.
Was in the deleted scenes of the House (2004) episode, House: Here Kitty (2009). She played a woman named “Courtney” who was hitting on “Dr. Chris Taub” in the bar.
Best friend is Ginnifer Goodwin.
Before acting, she interned at WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C., where she was a multi-media journalist.

Instagram // Official page // Twitter

Watch all JRE Podcasts with Whitney Cummings

I’m Fine…And Other Lies
by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

JRE MMA #55 – Kelly Pavlik

Kelly Pavlik is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2012. He won the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles by defeating Jermain Taylor in 2007, and made three successful defenses before losing them to Sergio Martínez in 2010.

Kelly Pavlik on Instagram

Topics discussed on this podcast:

01:00 – training and living in Los Angeles

10:08 – on Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley

16:45 – boxing today

19:10 – on Chavez in his prime

26:01 – on Lomachenko

32:57 – on Mayweather vs. Tenshin

47:18 – 32 as athletic prime

51:00 – Russian boxers (Oleksandr Gvozdyk)

57:49 – on social media

1:05:51 – on smokeless tobacco

1:13:01 – on Youngstown

1:21:29 – ESPN

1:30:00 – more talk on boxing stars

1:40:21 – on Lennox Lewis

1:49:22 – on Andre Ward

2:00:15 – on vertimax

2:15:50 – on training with charts

2:18:24 – on Pavel Tsatsouline and power-training and kettlebells

2:32:45 – difference between left hook and fishing hook

JRE MMA #54 – Din Thomas

Din Thomas is a retired American mixed martial artist who was featured on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Thomas is a UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament Semifinalist.

Topics discussed on this podcast:

00:00 – “Would you go with a blow-torch or a samurai sword below the American flag”

14:00 – on age and injuries

32:00 – Fight talk

53:00 – Lawler impression

1:26:27 – Dan Lambert

2:01:00 – why Joe started doing stand-up

2:04:01 – Tito vs Chuck

2:09:24 – on Florida and Miami and documentary Cocaine Cowboys

Watch Cocaine Cowboys documentary on Amazon

Who is Paul Stamets?

Paul Stamets is an American mycologist, author and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal fungi. He is also one of the highest requested guests as Joe mentioned at the beginning of their talk in JRE #1035.

Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. His presentations cover a range of mushroom species and research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.

Paul’s philosophy is that “MycoDiversity is BioSecurity.” He sees the ancient Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as a resource of incalculable value, especially in terms of its fungal genome. A dedicated hiker and explorer, his passion is to preserve and protect as many ancestral strains of mushrooms as possible from these pristine woodlands. His research is considered breakthrough by thought leaders for creating a paradigm shift for helping ecosystems worldwide.

Visit official page: https://fungi.com

Watch all JRE Podcasts with Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets books on Amazon

Who is Leah Remini?

Leah Remini is an American actress, author, former Scientologist, and anti-Scientology activist. She starred as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy series The King of Queens and later co-hosted The Talk in 2010–11.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is a documentary series that investigates the Church of Scientology through the experiences of the American actress Leah Remini and other former members. She was a follower of Scientology between 1979, when she joined at the age of nine alongside her parents, and 2013, when she left under acrimonious circumstances. She subsequently became an outspoken critic of Scientology and published a bestselling memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in 2015.

Watch all JRE Podcasts with Leah Rimini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by Ballantine Books

Who is Michael Pollan?

Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of In Defence of FoodThe Botany of DesireA Place of My Own and Second Nature, and the upcoming Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

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