Popular podcaster Joe Rogan punches one-way ticket from LA to Austin

Podcaster, stand-up comedian, and mixed martial arts commentator Joe Rogan keeps his promise (or threat?) To move from Los Angeles to Texas. Ultimate destination: Austin.

Two Austin real estate sources confirm to CultureMap that Rogan recently purchased a house on Lake Austin. One of the sources said Rogan’s new location is near lakefront homes owned by Austin billionaire John Paul DeJoria and movie star Sandra Bullock.

On August 9, Rogan posted a photo on Instagram about the construction of his new podcasting studio in Texas. The post doesn’t mention where the Texas studio is, but it should be noted that if Rogan has just bought a house in Austin, the studio will be in its new dig site.

During a July episode of the audio and video podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan stated that he would be doing outings in Southern California and traveling to Texas.

“I just want to go somewhere in the middle of the country where it’s easier to travel to both [coasts]and somewhere where you have a little more freedom, ”Rogan told his listeners and viewers.

“Also, I think … where we live here in Los Angeles is crowded. And I think most of the time it’s not a problem. But I think it shows the fact that it is a real problem when you look at the number of people who are catching COVID due to this overpopulation problem. “

Otherwise, why should Rogan move to the capital? He is a major contributor to Onnit Labs Inc., based in Austin, which sells nutritional supplements and groceries, fitness equipment and sporting goods.

Rogan’s move follows his mega-deal with the Spotify streaming service – a deal that likely sealed his status as the highest paid podcaster in the world. In a licensing agreement valued at more than $ 100 million, Rogan’s podcasting archives and new podcasts will be released on Spotify on September 1st. Later this year, the digital streaming service will broadcast Rogan’s podcast exclusively.

Forbes estimated in 2019 that Rogan made $ 30 million a year from The Joe Rogan Experience, making him # 1 among highest paid podcasters. The show accumulates more than 300 million downloads and streams per month. According to one estimate, Rogan’s net worth is north of $ 100 million.

Bald and enthusiastic Rogan started his popular and controversial podcast in 2009. Guests on his show included Elon Musk, Mike Tyson and Neil deGrasse Tyson, as well as Austin entrepreneur and writer Tim Ferriss, conservative radio host Alex Jones from Austin, and embarrassed ex-professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The New York Times noted that Rogan “gave voice to conspiracy theories, made comments that some consider bigoted to transgender people, and made a racist comment on his podcast about a black neighborhood.”

He sparked a political storm earlier this year when he approved Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential offer. Several months later, after Sanders finished the race, Rogan raised some eyebrows when he stated that he preferred President Trump over Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

However, Rogan has many admirers and defenders. A recent profile of Rogan published by The Atlantic made it clear that he “understands men in America better than most people. The rest of the country should start paying attention. “

“As popular as he seems to be with ordinary people, Joe Rogan is unpopular with the prestigious wing of popular culture – Emmy voters, HBO subscribers, comedy nerds. Thought leader. Thought followers, ”says The Atlantic. “There are a lot of Joe Rogan fans among them too, but they tend not to bring it up.”

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