Joe Rogan explains what surprised him about Elon Musk on iconic podcast

Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan PodcastYouTube: PowerfulJRE

Podcast host Joe Rogan has explained how one of his most iconic episodes came about, and his initial surprise at how reserved Elon Musk was when he got in the hot seat.

Back in September 2018, what would become Rogan’s most popular podcast episode ever was first released. Sitting across the desk from him was Tesla and SpaceX mastermind Elon Musk.

The episode, number 1169, has since become iconic for a number of reasons, but no one can forget when the billionaire entrepreneur smoked weed live on the show.

Elon Musk sitting on Joe Rogan's podcast in black t-shirt with headphones on.YouTube: PowerfulJRE
His podcast with Elon Musk is Rogan’s most popular ever, with almost 30 million views.

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It was a fascinating insight into one of the world’s leading minds, but fans have often wondered how Rogan managed to loosen up up the typically coy businessman.

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During his February 5 podcast with fellow tech wiz and YouTuber Lex Friedman, Rogan explained how his first encounter with Musk went. Despite being “jovial” beforehand, Musk’s demeanor surprised Rogan once the microphones were turned on.

“It was hard to bring it out of him. In-person, before [the podcast], he was very jovial and friendly, and huggy,” The UFC commentator said. “And then, once he got on the microphone, I was like ‘oh, this heavy lifting, I’ve got to bring this out of him’.”

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It turns out Rogan’s solution to this was rather simple: “So, then we started drinking. It helps a lot. And then, once the drinking [started], then I got to see who he is – he likes drinking,” he laughed.

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The pair shared a bottle of whisky between them over the course of the almost three-hour discussion.

What Joe Rogan admires about Elon Musk

The host also went on to explain why he admires Musk so much, especially his mindset. “It’s very difficult to find a replacement for the way he thinks. […] His mind is, clearly, way more advanced than my mind. There’s something going on in his mind, in terms of his attraction to engineering issues, solutions to global problems.”

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Joe Rogan is perhaps underplaying his own entrepreneurial success, though. Earlier in February, Forbes reported that he had topped the list of the highest-earning podcasts in 2019, by raking in around $30 million.

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His podcast is far and away the most popular on almost any platform anywhere in the world, and guests like Elon Musk are a large part of the reason why.