UFC color commentator and all-around badass Joe Rogan kicks his way into your living room with his brand-new comedy special, Talking Monkeys in Space
. Filmed at the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, Rogan tackles everything from evolution to making babies to gay marriage.
Standup comedian Joe Rogan is a guy's guy. He tackles topics that would seem to be unavoidably dumb, like marijuana and masturbation, but somehow grounds his jokes in a rough-and-ready scaffold of thought that makes them feel… well, nothing profound, but somehow more substantial than your average comic's gags. When Rogan (known to most as the host of Fear Factor
and ultimate fighting competitions; known to a few from the much-loved sitcom NewsRadio
) is tearing apart Dr. Phil, marveling at breast milk and tigers, or being baffled why anyone would want to climb Mt. Everest, he displays a kind of raw, uncomplicated intelligence, grappling energetically with reality without getting too fancy about it. This underlying worldview comes through most clearly in the question-and-answer session that Rogan does with his audience after his act; freed from the obligation to deliver regular punch lines, he becomes more personable, engaging, and surprisingly articulate on subjects ranging from American drug laws to anal sex. He's far from politically correct, but his edges of homophobia and sexism are inexplicably affable--it's hard to imagine anyone taking too much offense. Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space
has a behind-the-scenes documentary as a bonus feature, then another documentary that seems to be a behind-the-scenes look at the behind-the-scenes look. --Bret Fetzer