Desus & Mero
VICELAND’s first foray into late night starring a pair Rolling Stone described as “Comedy’s Hottest Duo.” For the hundreds of thousands that know and love the “Bodega Boys” podcast, which is consistently in the top 50 of iTunes comedy chart, Desus & Mero picks up where the podcast ends, featuring the Bronx-bred pals Desus Nice (@desusnice) and The Kid Mero (@THEKIDMERO) sounding off on the issues of the day, covering news, pop culture and day to day life, welcoming a guest every now and then and shouting out those in the public who deserve it. Desus & Mero airs Monday-Thursday at 11:00pm. Read More
The show has garnered critical praise from everyone from The New York Times (“the funniest and most biting show [VICELAND] has developed”), to BuzzFeed (“polarizing and inclusive, poetic and profane” and Deadline’s Dominic Patten calling it the most relevant, ridiculous, no-one-spared post-primetime show out there” to Yahoo TV’s Ken Tucker who simply dubbed it “the finest late-night show hosted by two non-white men and often just the best late-night show, period.” Meanwhile, time with Desus and Mero has been described by Fast Company: “like having twin hyper-verbal AK-47s pointed at your ears, loaded with infinite ammo. They’re precise, effective, and inexhaustible.”
Since its debut in October 2016, Desus and Mero have welcomed guests from every corner of culture from actors (Rashida Jones, Jesse Williams), comedians (Neal Brennan, Nick Cannon, John Hodgman), and athletes (CC Sabathia, Jared Odrick, UFC Champ Amanda Nunez) to activists (DeRay McKesson, civil rights activist of Black Lives Matter) and musicians (Jillionaire of Major Lazer, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Faith Evans and Run The Jewels) Additionally, podcasters, writers, bloggers and media figures like Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Willie Geist of MSNBC and Sam Sifton, Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham from the NY Times have appeared.
Shot daily from VICE Media Headquarters in Brooklyn, Desus & Mero is executive produced by Erik Rydholm (who also oversees ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, and Highly Questionable)
Desus Nice & Kid Mero met in passing during summer school in the Bronx. They reconnected online after they began amassing Twitter followers based on tweets covering their mutual dissatisfaction for their jobs (Desus was writing dry articles on things like tax codes for a magazine targeted to black entrepreneurs and Mero was slogging through a job as a teachers’ aide at a public middle school).
Their social media complaints, dotted with funny pop culture commentary drew a crowd and eventually became the starting point for a web video series for Complex (“Desus Vs. Mero,”), a brief stint with MTV and their current hit podcast “The Bodega Boys.”
Desus is single and lives in the Bronx. Mero and his wife and 3 kids now reside in New Jersey.