Escalante received his B.A. from UCLA (emphasis on Old Norse) and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he specialized in anti-trust litigation. He is published in the field. Upon graduation Escalante immediately took a job with the CBS Television Network as a talent and program negotiator. He supervised the production of such programs as Walker Texas Ranger, Rescue 911, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

In 1996, Escalante started a media company (Kung Fu Records) that released over audio titles and 25 long form concert and low budget feature films. In 2000, Escalante created and produced the ½ hour single camera sit-com “Fear Of A Punk Planet” for the Digital Entertainment Network. He worked as Show Runner on the initial order of 7 episodes.

Most recently, Escalante  is working as the production re-writer for Discovery I.D.s one hour scripted series “True Nightmares” airing in the fall of 2015. He has a feature film in pre-production with VMI Films Worldwide.

As a member of the long running punk rock band the The Vandals, Escalante performs occasionally (schedule permitting) around the world including performances in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan for the U.S. troops.

Commuters in Los Angles perhaps know Joe best for his years as the morning drive-time host on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles where he assembled a cast of characters that included avant-garde film director David Lynch as the daily weatherman, and heartthrob actor Timothy Olyphant with daily sports. Presently, Joe provides weekly entertainment legal advice to listeners on shows heard on KEIB AM 1150 and Indie 1031 in Los Angeles.

An American of Mexican and Irish descent, Escalante lives with his wife

Sandra in Seal Beach, CA. He is an avid stand-up paddle surfer and a CCD teacher at St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens, CA.