Two of the most overlooked redeeming qualities of great interviewers are that they they are comfortable and that they make their subjects comfortable enough that they will open up to them.
Joe Rogan does both.
Thanks to his years of television and stand-up comedy experience, Rogan has been able to transition into the role of interviewer with relative ease, without coming off on the mic or behind the camera as a gushing 12-year-old fan like many MMA reporters do today.
The video above is a perfect example of how to do interviews.
In the compilation of Rogan’s one-on-one interviews from the first 10 episodes of the UFC’s Ultimate Insider series, Rogan speaks with guys like Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva and Dana White like two dudes having a conversation and the rhetoric doesn’t come off as forced or phony. The questions aren’t spectacular, but they don’t need to be and the less simple they become, the more they seem to overshadow the answer. Joe is genuine and smoothly transitions between information and entertainment and back again.
He wasn’t always as slick, though.
Here’s JoRo in his UFC debut as post-fight interviewer at UFC 12 back in 1997:
(Video courtesy YouTube/Coloso280280)