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 podcaster, commentator, stand-up comedian, actor, and television presenter. He hosted Fear Factor from 2001 to 2006, and was an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interviewer and color commentator. He appeared on the shows Hardball and NewsRadio.

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 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.

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.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was the son of Salvatore DiGerlando and Maria Assunta Bruno. They were from Alessandria della Rocca, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was 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 born in Melfi, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, the son of Giovanni Spadone and Lucia Vitelli. Genovieve was the daughter of parents surnamed Anniziata and De Riezo.

Source: Genealogy of Joe Rogan (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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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