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Creator / Desus and Mero

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Comedy duo hailing from the Bronx made up of Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez). They first rose to prominence separately on Twitter before getting a podcast and later, web series on Complex titled Desus vs Mero in 2013. They then moved on to MTV with roles on Guy Code , Uncommon Sense, and Joking Off. They then got their own Talk Show on Viceland, Desus and Mero in 2016, which ended after 2 seasons in 2018, after which they moved to Showtime. They also have been recording the Bodega Boys podcast (aka "The Art") since 2015.


  • Big Applesauce: They are both Bronx natives and a lot of their comedy references life in the Bronx.
  • The Big Rotten Apple: They discuss the Bronx as still kind of being like this, as well as what it was like to grow up in New York in The '90s.
  • Black and Nerdy: Desus.
  • Catchphrase: "Suck my dick from the back!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance: They often comment on how their manager, Victor, looks like Bruno Mars.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The early episodes of Desus vs Mero, according to them, were a lot angrier. In addition, in the very early episodes Desus was the one making wild jokes and Mero was the Straight Man.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Mero sometimes speaks Spanish on the podcast.
  • I Have Many Names: Both Desus and Mero have many nicknames that they say in the intro and outro of every podcast. Here's the list.
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  • Immigrant Parents: Desus is Jamaican and Mero is Dominican and they frequently talk about their parents.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Mero can imitate just about any accent, and voices several original characters including:
    • Yesenia, a proud and promiscuous Dominican Bronx resident.
    • Michael Sal Anthony, a racist heroin junkie from Staten Island, and his equally racist police officer father Officer Prosciutto.
    • Benzo the Clown, a benzodiazepine-addicted children's entertainer who's frequently too high to perform at the birthday parties he's hired for.
    • Dr. Ben Barson, a soft-spoken sadist and significantly more hardcore parody of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
  • MSTing: The duo frequently provide running commentary and character voices over news, talk show and viral video clips.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Desus. Good lord, Desus. His sense of humor can get so dark that there's a specially made "DARK DESUS" soundclip. He casually watches videos on LiveLeak that are violent enough to horrify Mero.
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  • N-Word Privileges: Desus and Mero will mock any white person who uses the n-bomb, though being black men themselves they're free to use the word—and they do. Frequently.
  • Running Gag: Their podcast and show have a lot of running gags including:
    • Mero having a lot of kids.
    • The "Problematic Light," a klaxon alarm that plays whenever the boys seek Refuge in Audacity.
    • Since moving to Milk Studios, the duo frequently use a gag sound board that features the following clips and more:
      • "Oh brother, THIS GUY STINKS!" Explanation 
      • "TO THIS DAY." Explanation 
      • "re-LAX" Explanation 
      • "Yaaaaayyyy!!!" Explanation 
      • *blaring siren* Explanation 
      • "Heheheheheheheh." Explanation 
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Mero occasionally mentions the shotgun he owns for home defence.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ray Romano was Mero's for a while. Their rivalries with DJ Envy and DJ Akademiks are a bit more serious, however.
    • A somewhat lighthearted recent one is Tucker Carlson of Fox News. He insulted their friend Chris Hayes (with whom Desus has been friends since middle school) for not being masculine enough. Mero spent a whole week on Twitter insulting him “worm in a bow tie with a third grade haircut” and fighting with his fans calling them things like “COSTCO JUG OF KEN’S STEAKHOUSE MAYONNAISE”. The tweets total over 100 [1] and they dedicated a section of their show about it, even offering to challenge him in a celebrity boxing match for charity.
    • The duo also have a rivalry with veteran NYC sports talk radio host Mike Francesa, who Mero portrays as a grumpy old racist addicted to Diet Coke. However the rivalry seems to be light-hearted as they had him on as the guest for the final episode of their Viceland show.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Desus is the straight man and Mero is the wise guy, although they sometimes switch roles.
    • Victor Lopez, Desus and Mero's manager and producer, plays the straight man to their combined wise guy on the Bodega Boys podcast.

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