"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?"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.The brothers were given the opportunity to bring their show into a live action format on the Seeso comedy app, with the first season airing in February 2017.A sampler can be found here.Has nothing to do with My Brother and Me. See also Monster Factory and The Adventure Zone.
—Professional voice actor Bob Ball, reading the opening disclaimer
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's job. Because if you are a surgeon, you need to look sharp.
- Adorkable: All three of them.
- 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."
- When trying to come up with a new name for a listener, Travis suggests "Bishop Laserkiller" and Griffin questions why would he kill lasers.
- Ambiguously Bi: Though in reality Griffin is straight, he's certainly not shy about expressing attraction for other men
- Justin: Griffin, did you say you may be a little bi?Griffin: A little high, but that, maybe also.
- Bondage Is Bad: Averted. One of the most frequent sponsor of the show was Extreme Restraints, a BDSM sex toy shop, with over 50 sponsored episodes.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Griffin tells a story in episode 89, where "he fell over and pooped his pants a little bit" while trying to run to third and that he couldn't play anymore.
- Buried Alive: Justin gets buried alive for a week as a stunt during MaxFunDrive 2012.
- Catchphrase: "You want a yahoo?"
- "I'm your oldest brother Justin McElroy, I'm your middlest brother Travis McElroy, and I'm your sweet baby brother Griffin McElroy", or some variation thereof is used as the sign-on for each episode.
- "This has been My Brother, My Brother, and Me, kiss your dad square on the lips" has been used as the sign-off since episode 12
- 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:
Justin: I'm your oldest brother, Justin.Travis: I'm your middlest brother, Travis.Griffin: And I'm your SWEET baby brother, Griffin.
- The brothers introducing themselves with statements varied around:
- 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.
- Production Foreshadowing: The idea for The Adventure Zone came up more than two years before the first episode was created.
- Running Gag:
Justin: Mr. Ed? More like Mr. Dead. We got 'em. Peace out horses, I hate you. Obama 2012!
- 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.)
- Every time Griffin reads a question send by Ira Wray, Justin immediately says "Are you Ira Wray? Who wants to know?", because he mistook his name for Jimmy Ray.
- "Jack Disease."
- Travis reading a Mad Libs he wrote, to much annoyance to Justin and Griffin.
- Near the end of the year, the brothers always come up with a rhyming nickname for the next one, along with a guiding ethos to fit it. Examples include "20-Grift-teen, the con is on," "20-Fix-teen, building bridges" and "20-Serpentine, zag on 'em."
- 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.