Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan Ethnic Background?

Rogan in 2006, photo by

Birth Name: Joseph James Rogan

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 11, 1967

*75% Italian/Sicilian
*25% Irish

Joe Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, martial arts color commentator, and podcast host. He is a UFC commentator and a host of Fear Factor. He stated on his Twitter account that his paternal grandfather was “Pappy Rogan… straight off the boat from Ireland.” The rest of his ancestry is Italian (including Sicilian).

On an episode of his podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Joe stated that the results of his 23andme DNA test found that he is “1.6% African.” He did not elaborate on the figure but it is probable that his African heritage is North African heritage.

Joe is married to Jessica Ditzel, and has three children. Jessica is not the daughter of comedian Robert Schimmel, as some web sites indicate.

Joe is a second cousin of singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book artist Gerard Way. They share a set of great-grandparents, Savino/Samuel Spadone and Genovieve/Genivie/Genieve/Jennie Anniziata.

One of Joe’s grandmothers is Josephine Spadone (the daughter of Savino/Samuel Spadone and Genovieve/Genivie/Genieve/Jennie Anniziata). Josephine was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents. Savino was the son of Giovanni Spadone and Lucia Vitelli.

10 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    His face looks like one of those digital recreations of roman emperors, especially the nose and the jawline.

  2. passingtime85 says:


    I believe I have found Joe’s wife’s name before their marriage.

    Jessica Sloan Ditzel.

    Maybe it should be added to the profile.

    There’s oddly a lot of confusion as to which Jessica, Joe is married to. Jessica Sloan Ditzel should not to be confused with comedian Robert Schimmel’s producer daughter Jessica Lynne Schimmel-Katz or model Jessica Rogan Campbell. Yet all over the web, these women are listed as Joe’s wife. It might be an interesting bit of trivia for the profile. Or perhaps the “Jessica Sloan Ditzel” addition will suffice.

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