On Thanksgiving Day, comedian Tim Heidecker aired a 12-hour long podcast on his YouTube channel. Billed as an episode of his regular Office Hours show, the rambling and bizarre discussion was a pitch perfect parody of Joe Rogan’s hugely popular and often controversial podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.
Heidecker, accompanied by comedians Rajat Suresh and Jeremy Levick, appeared in front an enormous Fudrucker’s sign wearing a Spacex hat and a hoodie.
“I should say, we’ve got Rajat Suresh here,” Heidecker says at the start of the show. “I’m saying that correct? I don't wanna be disrespectful.”
“Ah no man,” Suresh says. “The cancel mobs gonna come down your throat man.”
“Dude, dude, they will! They will!” Heidecker said.
The 12-hour long broadcast (actually just the same hour on a loop) cut right to the heart of what makes Rogan’s podcast so popular and absurd. Scrub through the video to any time stamp and you’ll find Heidecker holding Rogan-esque court on a number of topics from the Comedy Store, psychedelics, and cancel culture.
At 3:59, Suresh is talking about “what religion even means to humanity,” while the three discuss a viral story about a man with a horn.
At 9 hours and 25 minutes, Hedeicker holds court about hallucinogens. “Is it mind expansion? Psilocybin, the psychedelic renaissance that’s happening. We’ve got a lot of great thinkers that are...getting out in front of it.”
Heidecker, Suresh, and Levick nail the tone and feel of a typical episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. The show, which is often three hours long, meanders from topic to topic with Rogan either peppering an expert with questions that any average Joe would ask, or Rogan and someone who is pointedly not an expert talking in circles around a subject neither of them understands well enough to do anything but spread bad information to millions of listeners.
Rogan’s popularity makes him one of the most influential people in media, which is why he’s able to land guests like Bernie Sanders. But his curiosity also keeps leading him down rabbit holes filled with esoteric right wing figures like Charles Johnson, Milo Yiannopolous, and Stefan Molyneux.
The appeal is that, either way, the podcast always feels like a good hang with friends passing the bong around until the sun comes up. Sometimes, they’re talking about aliens and ancient civilizations. Sometimes, they’re talking about the UFC, life as a comedian, or diet. Unfortunately, sometimes they’re spreading dangerous information about COVID-19.