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Album Review

Way more productive for others than for himself, Joe Rogan was the host on the TV reality show Fear Factor, a cast member of the sitcom NewsRadio, and a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship before the 2007 arrival of his Comedy Central debut, Shiny Happy Jihad. Right before the album's release, he went after fellow comics Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia big-time, accusing them of stealing jokes as if he was the keeper of standup law. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to the people who didn't regularly watch his website and its broadcasts or who missed his 2000 album for Warner Bros., I'm Gonna Be Dead Someday..., which barely made a blip on the radar. The relentless Shiny Happy Jihad backs everything up as Rogan spews forth a slew of hilarious and cutting observations that refuse to play nice, sellout, or settle down. He's grating, not for everyone, and dwells on the power of pot smoking to the power of two Bill Maher's, but he also pulls off the amazing trick of covering the beat-to-death topic of Brokeback Mountain and somehow makes gay cowboys funny again. Behind the scenes stories of Fear Factor explain how such an edgy and smart rebel handled, and ended up having to justify, a gig on such a successful and lowest-common-denominator show. His even stranger attachment to the UFC has a lot to do with his true love of the earlier, brutish UFC commentator Jim Brown and it doesn't take long to learn that TV is where he gets his money, standup is where he gets his artistic fulfillment. Seven years away from his first love — at least as far as albums go — meant the material was building up. Cutting it all down to the most effective routines gives the album an amazingly tight feel that's almost overwhelming, yet one of the great highlights of this live set is the casual question and answer session at the end which proves Rogan can be funny at the spur of the moment. Brutally honest and often just plain brutal, Shiny Happy Jihad couldn't earn Rogan any more TV face time than he already has, and it certainly isn't meant for that. It's meant to give hard evidence as to why he has earned the right to speak his mind on standup integrity. The fringe benefits are the amazing amount of laughs it takes to get there and the numerous times this hilarious effort can be returned to and still satisfy.

Customer Reviews

Hilarious and Surprisingly Insightful

I love vulgar, loud, shock humor as much as the next guy so that’s what I expected when I sat down and listened to Joe Rogan’s “Shiny Happy Jihad.” Let’s just say in that department, I was not let down. However, after the first couple tracks of Rogan cleansing himself of his Fear Factor past and describing how great it feels to be high out of your mind, he gets into some very poignant subjects. Gilded in humor, he makes some compelling arguments about social and political issues both popular and taboo. From recommending that we teach kids to jack off as part of sex education to wondering who Bin Laden’s cell phone carrier is, Rogan had me cracking up and then seriously thinking “hmmmm…”. If you have ever thought there’s something wrong with suicide bombers, male enhancement pills, or Noah’s Arc, you’ll love “Shiny Happy Jihad.”

Rogan once again delivers

For those of you that only know him as the "News Radio", "UFC", or "Fear Factor" guy, please remove that label from him immediately. When Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope were brought on to take over The Man Show hosting opportunities, I had never heard of them before. I did some Google searching and stumbled across Joe's material. I was literally laughing so hard tears were forming. Raw, funny, direct, and one of the best live performers I've seen - Joe Rogan is a standup comedian first and with this album has proven it yet again. Even among the jokes, he offers alot of insight into this crazy rock we live on. If you're a fan of his, check out Doug Stanhope and Ari Shaffir as well. His previous album "I'm Gonna Be Dead Someday" and DVD "Joe Rogan Live" (Netflix) are also great and worthy of your time.


After watching that Joe Rogan VS Carlos Mencia video on the internet, not only did I open my eyes to Joe Rogan's comedy, I feel bad I ever liked that hack Carlos. This might be the best comedy cd I have ever heard. Buy it, you will laugh your butt off.


Born: August 11, 1967 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Best known for hosting television's extreme reality game show Fear Factor, Joe Rogan is equally at home in the standup arena, where his comic persona shifts into the edgier, angrier territory of Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, NJ; he lived in several cities as a child (primarily Boston) and was prone to behavioral problems until discovering Tae Kwon Do in his early teens. Rogan proved highly adept, taking home championships on both state and national levels....
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