Podcast / My Brother, My Brother and Me


"The McElroy brothers are not experts, and their advice should never be followed. Travis insists he's a sexpert, but if there's a degree on his wall, I haven't seen it. Also, this show isn't for kids, which I mention only so the babies out there will know how cool they are for listening. What's up, you cool baby?"
Professional voice actor Bob Ball, reading the opening disclaimer

My Brother, My Brother, & Me, often abbreviated MBMBaMnote  , is a comedy podcast that describes itself as "an advice show for the modren era". The titular brothers (Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy) take questions from their listeners and try their best to help them out with their personal problems. As the disclaimer that opens each show notes, this advice often isn't the greatest. Frequently, one of the brothers will say something that'll send the three of them off on a tangent of non-sequiturs. Their listeners will also sometimes submit questions found on Yahoo Answers (a service they are convinced is filled with "the terrible dregs of humanity"), and will mock them while still trying to help them out.

A sampler can be found here.

Has nothing to do with My Brother and Me. See also Monster Factory and The Adventure Zone.

This podcast contains these tropes:

  • Accidental Pun: Griffin does one in episode 29. He says that to give an recommendation to a person, it would depend entirely on that person job. Because if you are a surgeon, you need to look sharp.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: One Yahoo question brought on some brief confusion as to whether it referred to "cat people" (people who prefer cats as pets) or "cat-people."
  • Catchphrase: "You want a yahoo?"
  • Creepy Doll: There's a running gag involving the existence and sale of haunted dolls.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Listeners are frequently urged not to follow the brothers' advice.
  • Fan Boy: Justin is a fan of Jimmy Buffett and Griffin of Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Once per Episode:
    • The brothers introducing themselves with statements varied around:
    Justin: I'm your oldest brother, Justin.
    Travis: I'm your middlest brother, Travis.
    Griffin: And I'm your SWEET baby brother, Griffin.
    • Following episode 13, Justin signs off every episode with "Kiss your dad square on the lips".
    • Just before the sign-off, Griffin reads one final Yahoo question that inevitably leaves Justin and Travis laughing hysterically.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The first episode of The Adventure Zone was released as part of MBMBaM.
  • Running Gag:
    • Often one of the brothers will say "Unless," prompting the other two to say "Unless...," before giving an advice.
    • The subject of ghosts watching people having sex seems to come up with unsettling frequency.
    • Also, horses. (Usually something terrible happens to the horses.)
    Justin: Mr. Ed? More like Mr. Dead. We got 'em. Peace out horses, I hate you. Obama 2012!
  • Shout-Out: One of the Yahoo Answers questions submitted asked for help naming a Warrior Cats character.
  • Sibling Team: Of course, it's on the title.
  • The Stinger: Some episodes features one, usually is Griffin continuing reading the final Yahoo question.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: When someone asked how to deal with douche bag customers yelling at the retailer, Justin's answer is to go "fetal" and wait until your boss deals with the customer.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Travis insists he's a sexpert, but if there's a degree on his wall, I haven't seen it.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Candlenights. The pan-religious, pan-sexual, personal pan winter holiday celebrated annually at the end of the ear.