Joe Rogan Questions the Inquisitors on SyFy

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by R.C. Samo



Last night, actor/martial artist/comedian/UFC commentator Joe Rogan new series,  Joe Rogan Questions Everything, premiered on SyFy Channel, with the conspiracy theorist questioning the possibility of a Bigfoot Human Hybrid, Weaponized Weather, HAARP and everything else you could think of. The show airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on SyFy Channel.

How Rogan got involved with SyFy:

The show is something that I kind of wanted to do for a long time, because I’m a dork. And I’ve always had these questions about all these different obscure, weird subjects like Bigfoot, and aliens, and UFOs, all these strange, fringe, silly things for an adult to concentrate on.

Joe-Rogan-Question-EverythingAnd I always thought it would be really cool if I could do some sort of a show that answered the questions that I wanted answered. Because all the shows that I ever saw, were either debunking shows or they immediately dismissed everything and went at it to dismiss things. Or they were these shows that sort of embraced every ridiculous possibility, you know, as who knows. It is a mystery, you know.

I thought there’s got to be a way to bring both camps together, to bring all the cookoo heads and all the scientists and get some real answers. And also, do it with comedians and make it entertaining, because these are ridiculous ideas. These are, I mean, there’s a reason why Bigfoot is something if you bring up in a legitimate conversation, people like push their chair away and excuse themselves.

These are – they’re dumb subjects. And so I wanted to treat it with a sense of humor, and I wanted to also treat it with a completely open mind, and talk to legitimate scientists if they’re available in all these various fields for all the various subjects, and see if we could sort of come up with some answers and make an entertaining show along the way.

So how are these different than other SyFy shows: 

If we find out, I mean, if we find out it’s true, yes, we’re saying it. But what we’re doing is we’re just approaching every single subject completely open minded, even the one that I didn’t believe in — the ones that subjects that I thought were completely stupid.

I sat down with these people that were, you know, “experts” or believers, and I gave them the time of day. I gave them a shot. I gave all of them an opportunity to explain themselves, and I asked them objective questions. I tried to respectfully poke holes in their arguments. So every time I approach the subject, I approached it as open minded as possible.

Does your interest in these topics stem from childhood:

Yes, without a doubt. I’ve just always been a big fan of “In Search Of,” the old Leonard Nimoy show and of the Art Bell Radio Show. You ever listen to that coast-to-coast with Art Bell?

I love that show. Even if it was really dumb, like people could call up and they could have, you know, they could say, “I’m a time traveler.” And Art Bell would go, “From what time?” And you would be listening in the car, like, with a big stupid smile on your face, you know, listening to these people talk about these silly subjects. For whatever reason, they’ve always fascinated me. I’ve been fascinated by mysteries and fringe subjects like that. I just think they’re fun.

Was there an episode this season that changed your mind about a topic:

There’s actually a couple, yes. I don’t want to get into the specific detail, but actually the second episode kind of tweaked me a little bit. It’s about HAARP. HAARP is the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. It’s this array of antennas that they have that’s up in Alaska that they shoot radio waves to heat up the ionosphere.

And the official explanation is that it aids in communication, because when they manipulate the ionosphere, they make it so — I don’t know if you’re aware of this — but sometimes during certain storms you can pick up radio stations from, like, really far away. And the reason for that is the shifting of the ionosphere. And the HAARP array, the official explanation is that it was designed to do that.

But along the way we talk to a bunch of (unintelligible) scientists and really intelligent people who said that, “No, it’s possible to do a lot more. And it’s actually possible to manipulate weather.” And they thought that it may even be responsible for super storms, and that it may be possible to target storms. These are really intelligent people that were telling me this. So that was pretty shocking. That was just one. There’s been a few, actually.

There’s a guy named Dr. (Jeff Meldrum) that’s on Wednesday’s episode. A very intelligent guy, and when we were talking to him, my friend, Duncan, who’s on the show with me, he, like, before that didn’t think there was a possibility of all that Bigfoot existed, but after talking to Dr. (Meldrum), he was convinced that it was real.

What would you like to cover in season two:

I want to cover ghosts. We didn’t cover ghosts in the first six. That’s one I really want to cover, because, you know, I’ve meet some pretty smart people that tell me they’ve seen some crazy stuff. So I would like to cover that. This – you know,

I don’t want it to be too conspiracy theory-y, you know, that’s not what I set out to do. I wanted it to be a fun show that are, you know, sort of about mysteries. But along the way, there’s a few of those conspiracy type elements thrown into this. They just came up like as we were investigating it. But I think there’s quite a few subjects that can still be covered.

What topic intrigued you the most:

Bigfoot always has been my favorite. I don’t know why. I’ve been fascinated by primates since I was a little kid. I’ve always been – like, when I go to the zoo I immediately go to see the monkeys. I immediately go and check out the chimpanzees. I think that primates other than ourselves are incredibly fascinated because if they didn’t exist, they would be the stuff of movies. You know, if a gorilla didn’t exist and you saw one for the first time, it would be utterly fascinating this human-like thing that lives in the jungle and chimpanzees same way.

And the idea of Bigfoot, when I was a little boy, I thought it was incredibly fascinating. And then as I got older and I listened to people like Jane Goodall say that they she believes that Sasquatch is a real animal. Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist.

And then when you find out that they’re used to be animal called Gigantopithecus, which is a huge 8 to 10 foot tall bipedal hominid. So it stood up straight on two legs like us and it was as tall as 10 feet tall, and it lived alongside human beings as recently as 100,000 years ago. They found bones of these things. We didn’t even know about them until the 1920s.

And the way humans found out about it was in an apothecary shop, a guy was searching around for bones and found this primate tooth that he knew was not a gorilla, was not a chimpanzee, and way too large to be a human being. And from there, they started asking the people to shop where they got this, from and they got other bones and they realized, “Oh my God, we have a species we didn’t know about.”

And then they also determined from those species – from those bones, because the shape of the jaw, that this was a bipedal animal, some sort of gorilla-type animal that walked on two legs and it was huge. So essentially it was a Sasquatch that used to be a real animal. So that to me is the big one.

Do you have a co-host/partner who interviews these experts with you:

Yes, I go into a lot of them with Duncan Trussell — who’s a hilarious comedian and a very good friend of mine — and Ari Shaffir, who’s also a hilarious comedian and also a very good friend of mine. They’re two of my closet friends and they’re both very, very bright guys and very, very funny and interesting guys too.

And Duncan especially shares my love of conspiracies. He and I actually got back from Utah we were researching this place called Bigelow Ranch, which is a famous UFO hotspot. So we’ve been, you know – just as friends we’ve had these conversations many, many times on our own without a TV show.

What is the most ridiculous moment you have tackled so far:

You know, I don’t think I could narrow it down to one. There’s been so many ridiculous moments. The ridiculous – the most ridiculous aspect is what people are willing to believe. We’ve had people describe to us bulletproof wolves that are the size of horses that turned into mist. And I’m not kidding. They vanish and turn – and these are grown adults with straight faces, they’ll talk to you about bulletproof wolves the size of horses that disappear into mist.

Yes, shape shifters, there’s been a lot of people that are convinced that there’re these inter-dimensional creatures that come from a (unintelligible) vortex. We actually just got back from Utah where this was one of the things that we covered at this Bigelow Ranch place. These people believe that these beings can shift shapes and – yes, that’s hard to believe. So when you’re talking to someone and they’re describing something like that.

You Said you wanted to do an episode about ghosts, do you want to test good or malevolent spirits:

Well, I don’t know. The real question is, is the darkness real? That’s the real question. Is it just paranoia? Is it just your mind? Is it just people freaking out? And if there are ghosts, you know, do they vary? Is it some of them angry people, some of them sad, some of them loving? You know, there’re definitely some legitimate questions that have come to that.

I have – my grandmother was a huge believer in ghosts, and one of the reasons why is because my grandparents — back in the 30s and 40s — had a man that was living with them. And he died in their house. And they would see him from time to time in their house. And my mother saw him; my grandparents saw him. And they would talk about it; it was just a fact.

And it was really creepy growing up and listening to these stories like in the 60s. So I guess, actually now that I think about it, I guess he died in the 40s or 30s or 40s. But they would talk about it as if it was just a fact. He wasn’t dangerous, but you know, it would just be something that they would tell us. Like, if you ever see this guy, don’t worry about it. He’s just the man who used to live there.

I think the idea that there can be an event, whether it is a catastrophic event or a sad event, or an incredibly shocking event, and it leaves a signature inside a moment that allows something to remain — an echo to remain, an image, an imprint to remain. That’s the possibility that even legitimate scientists like (Rupert Schedrig) have presented it as a possibility. That could be what you’re dealing with, is unique circumstances where an incredible amount of energy is distributed into an individual moment, and in that moment, something remains. Even though the person leaves, there’s an echo of their existence.

I’m not sure that that’s true. I think a lot of it could be just people freaking themselves out because it’s dark. You know, there’s definitely a lot of that. There’s also a lot of people being full of shit. It’s a huge problem. People lie. It’s a huge problem. And people – it’s way more interesting to say you saw a ghost, than, you know, to just say, “I just got scared because it was dark out.”


Would you cover Shadow People (Time travelers from other dimensions that appear as shadows):

I would definitely cover it if we could find enough information about it. I think that’s hilarious. They usually wear a top hat. I wonder if the top hat helps them become a shadow person.

Yes, I would cover it if it’s interesting enough. I mean, we’d have to obviously have someone even remotely credible that claims that this is a reality, but yes definitely. I’ll cover anything. I don’t care.

Half the show – the idea of the show is just like I said about the Art Bell Show is that it’s fun, you know. And there’s a lot of times where Duncan and I spent two days covering something that was completely ridiculous, like these giant bulletproof wolves that turn into mist. We were just laughing our asses off the entire way. That’s going to happen. There’s going to be many subjects that we cover that are pretty ridiculous.

Did you find any proof of Bigfoot’s existence:

Well, I’ll tell you this. I don’t want to give too much away but I’ll tell you this, we did bring some “evidence” from a geneticist or, rather, from a guy who was actually a science teacher to a geneticist at NYU, a guy name Todd Disotell, who’s a primatologist and an expert in genetics. And we brought them to another geneticist too, David Swenson, a guy who has like over 30 published papers. So we brought Bigfoot evidence to some legitimate people in the form of published work and also in the physical form of hair and stool samples. So we did our best to bring science into every single discussion.

Would you bring in more stand-up comedians to co-host future episodes:

Yes, I would love to, yes, absolutely. I think that’s part of the fun of the show is – and one of the things that makes this show unique is covering this show with funny people, and intelligent, funny people. What separates Ari and Duncan — Ari Shaffir and Duncan Trussell — from a lot of other standup comedians is they’re not just funny guys, but they’re also very articulate, very smart.

And I think that’s a big part of what makes it interesting is that they’re – like especially in the transhumanism episode — an episode where we cover the possibility of downloading your consciousness into an artificial body, or creating artificial intelligence that is going to mimic human life to the point where it’s indiscernible from human life. We had some fascinating, fascinating conversations that Ari Shaffir had with some people, and as well as Duncan and myself.

So I think it’s important — if there are other standup comedians — that they’re not just funny, but they’re also funny and curious and very articulate, smart.

Did you ever use a Ouija board as a kid:

Yes, me and my good friend (Jimmy Detilio) — who was my roommate at the time — we were living in Boston and we were both about — I guess we were both about — 20 years old. And we were scaring ourselves one day, and we said, “You know what? Hey, screw it. Let’s go get a Ouija board, man. Let’s do this.”

And so we sat down and I said, “Listen, I’m not going to move.” He goes, “I’m not going to move either. If it doesn’t move for real, then it doesn’t move.” I go, “Okay.” So we sat in this dark room for like an hour and a half, just with our fingers on this thing asking it questions, and it didn’t do anything. And then we were like, “Let’s get the fuck out of here.” And then we started laughing and threw it away. And thought it’s bullshit; this is bullshit. But that’s like that attitude about it, like, let’s see, let’s really go into it and see. That’s the attitude that I had when I was 20, you know, that’s the attitude that I’ve always had.

I know that there’re some things out there that haven’t been explained, especially when it comes to things like alien life. I know that there is a very vast distance between us and the next habitable world, but also that there’s an infinite distance between us and the, you know, entirety of the universe. And it’s entirely possible that something out there has visited.

The real question is, do I believe the people that have said they’ve seen UFOs. That’s another thing that I’ve always said that I believe there very, very, very possibly could be alien life that has visited Earth, alien life that’s here right now, alien life that’s capable of traveling dimensions. What I don’t believe is most of the people that tell me they’ve seen these things.

Was there a topic you thought was too risky to cover that would get you in trouble with the governement:

No, not necessarily because it’s really not that kind of how. One of the things that came up, one of the reasons why I got into discussions with the production company about this show is that they produced the Jessie Ventura Show, and Jessie Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory. And, you know, that show is like everything is a conspiracy, “Is the government hiding toothpaste?” You know, like, you know, there’s so much of that, you know, out there. You can find so much of that.

That’s not what I wanted to do. I don’t want to uncover the JFK assassination. I don’t want to delve into government conspiracies and dangerous things, and reveal secrets about the NSA. I want it to be a fun show. Like I said, I wanted it to be more the lines of the Art Bell Show, with comedians. So no, there wasn’t – that wasn’t our intent going into it. We — along the way — did uncover some things that do fall in line with those types of subjects, but it was really unintentional. It wasn’t something that we set out to do. We set out to just have fun with it.


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