Comedian Joe Rogan spoke out on his radio show on Wednesday to blast California, saying that he might move to Texas if the liberal-run state does not stop going overboard with their coronavirus shutdown.
Rogan went so far as to say that he might move to Texas after it was revealed that Los Angeles County is extending its stay-at-home order through July, and that California is shutting down all public universities for the upcoming fall semester. “Hey, I might move to Texas,” Rogan said during his Wednesday show. “If California continues to be this restrictive, I don’t know if this is a good place to live […] I might jet. I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding, this is silly. I don’t need to be here.”
Rogan went on to slam California for the state’s high taxes and for the fact that his fellow comics might not be able to do standup in front of audiences “until 2022 or some s**t like that.” He went on to say that if he were to move to Texas, he would choose a city like Dallas and Austin, but he would not consider Houston because summers there are “motherf***ers.”
Rogan later called comedian Bryan Callen, who confirmed that he will be doing a series of standup shows in Houston at the end of May. The shows will reportedly be performed at a 450-seat venue that will allow 200 audience members to attend. Rogan was impressed both at the fact that Texas is opening up and that the Houston venue is allowing just under fifty percent capacity. “Why would we stay here?” he added, referring to California.
This came one day after Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that the orders in Los Angeles will likely extend through July or August, according to the L.A. Times, adding that restrictions will be “gradually relaxed” under a five-step plan should the orders last through the summer. “Our hope is that by using the data we’d be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months,” Ferrer said. “But without widely available therapeutic testing for the coronavirus or rapid at-home testing versions that would allow people to test themselves daily, it seems unlikely that restrictions would be completely eased.”