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"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
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My Brother, My Brother, & Me, often abbreviated MBMBaM,note  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, with the first season airing in February 2017 on Seeso, and moving to VRV after Seeso's announced its plans for closure in August 2017.

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Besides that, the brothers also do a yearly side podcast with Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery of The Worst Idea of All Time fame, called To Death Do Us Blart. The premise is somewhat similar to that of Worst Idea: watch and review Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on every American Thanksgiving until the end of time.

A sampler can be found here.

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


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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.
  • Amusing Injuries: The brothers occasionally talk about funny ways their father has hurt himself, including cutting his butt open and using a Maxi Pad as a bandage, passing out from mixing kitty litter and bleach in a poorly-ventilated room, and getting hit by a van while carrying cold cuts to a Little League game.
    Justin: If I had seen this happen, I would fucking still be laughing about it.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In episode 400, Justin begins the show talking about hanging out with Jimmy Buffett and seeing both Hamilton and Escape to Margaritaville with him and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who is himself this for the McElroy brothers).
  • Author Appeal: None of the brothers is above talking about their interests often. For Justin, this includes his love of Jimmy Buffett and island vacations, and for Griffin, this includes things such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Pokemon, and vore note . They also had a segment where they talked about how they would never talk about being into odd kinks ("sexual waffle irons" for Griffin, while Travis "couldn't stop walrusing"; the punchline being Justin unable to think of something kinky so he just said, "s-sex? weird sex?", resulting in disgust from Griffin and Travis).
  • Bondage Is Bad: Averted. One of the most frequent early sponsors 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.
      Griffin: There are people who work at these theaters who hear me say that every night and must think I'm the biggest dong in the world.
    • "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. In early episodes, the brothers occasionally followed this with "TEENS!"
    • In the TV series, Clint has the disclaimer that proceeds the opening of every episode.
    Clint: The McElroy Brothers are not experts, and their advice should never be followed. They're just three brothers who created a podcast and now they've returned to their hometown to tape a TV show. Also: this show isn't for kids, which I mention only so you babies out there know how cool you are for watching. What's up, you cool baby?
  • Creepy Doll: Justin hosts a sub-segment called "Haunted Doll Watch" in which the brothers read and ridicule eBay entries about supposedly haunted dolls.
    • Taken to the next level in the TV series, where Justin actually buys a haunted doll from eBay.
  • 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.
  • Insane Troll Logic: "FURRIES CAN DO INFINITE CRIME!"
  • In-Series Nickname: Griffin has a lot of nicknames for Justin, including "Juice", "J-dog", and "J-man".
    • Travis is sometimes called "Trav" or "Scraps".
    • Griffin is often called "Grif", "Griffie", or "Ditto".
  • The Oldest Ones in the Book: One their ads features them claiming to be the first podcast, with Griffin stating they appear in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Justin calling MBMBAM the "Hammurabi Code of podcasts".
  • 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 a bonus episode of MBMBaM.
  • Production Foreshadowing: The idea for The Adventure Zone came up more than two years before the first episode was created.
  • Running Gag:
    • All brothers:
      • When one of the brothers is "giving advice", another may interrupt him with "Unless..." prompting the other two to echo "Unless...", before taking a new spin on the topic. Occasionally subverted if the brother talking feels particularly strongly on the topic (in character or not), and they shout "NO! NO UNLESS!"
      • Frequent Yahoo submitters receive their own nicknames and call-outs, with over a half-dozen regular submitters with unique nicknames ("Level 9000 Yadrew Drewid Drew Davenport", "Keep it Wavey Morgan Davey", "Ridin' High Zoe Kinsky", and the like). They will also receive shout-outs at live shows and have been called up on stage for a little time in the limelight.
      • "Jack Disease." (a fictional illness which causes people to age at a rapid rate). Similarly they've mentioned Benjamin Button, for people aging in reverse.
      • 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", "20-Serpentine, zag on 'em", and "Collaborate-teen, stronger together."
      • The Brothers' love of 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!
    • Justin:
      • At live shows, Justin will often get the crowd hyped up by asking them "You horny for this one or what?!" (This first happened after Justin told a story about Griffin, backstage before a show started, opining, "Oh they're horny for this one.") For a long time, Justin would officially "begin" a show by saying a variant of "Like Chilean miners emerging from the depths", but as they have increased the amount of live shows they do, it has become less common (though still present).
      • Justin runs the recurring segments, most notably Munch Squad, his podcast-within-a-podcast about fast food abominations, which always begins with him starting to sing (usually but not always) to the tune of Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock". Griffin and Travis get in on the bit slightly by always having off-beat and apathetic "squad" yells when they're supposed to chime in. It used to interrupt a question or Yahoo, in the audio equivalent of a Smash Cut, but after Griffin commented on how that is a rude introduction, Justin began using it more often during natural lulls in the conversation. Occasionally—usually at live shows, to play to the crowd—he'll deny having a Munch Squad segment ready, and when Griffin is convinced and starts reading, he'll start in with the drums. In addition, the musical lead-in has become longer and more elaborate, with Justin ad-libbing in bits from other classic rock songs, such as Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song".
    • Travis:
      • Normally, Travis doesn't read either the submitted questions or the Yahoo questions, and sometimes he'll ask to read one of the bits of copy they receive during the Money Zone, only for Griffin and Justin to tease him about being bad at reading it.
      • For a time, Travis would read a depressing take on a Mad Libs he had done, which ended up being dubbed Sad Libs, but the bit does not make an appearance much anymore.
      • His fascination with riddles.com lead to the creation of the segment Riddle Me Piss, where he reads awful, nonsensical, or just poorly-spelled riddles from the crowdsourced site.
    • Griffin
      • Whenever he's mentioned, Griffin always makes sure to say "Barack Hussein Obama, a lot of people forget the Hussein but it's important" verbatim. He's even done so while doing an impression of Barack Obama.
      • Likewise, after appearing on the Forbes "30 under 30 media luminary" list in 2017, he would append it to his introduction. As the year progressed (and Griffin celebrated his 30th birthday) he started slurring and speaking it quickly, and it's no longer an every episode appearance.
      • He plays up mock sexual interests in long necks (particularly of swans) and vore, but backed off the latter after it grew to be too associated with him. (His being uncomfortable about the association people have between him and vore is almost a running gag of its own by now.)
      • Despite having IBS, Griffin has a love of spicy food, and the brothers have taken to reminding him that he probably shouldn't be eating food that he knows will make him sick.
      • Due to its age and dysfunction, Griffin complains about Yahoo Answers being a terrible website fairly regularly.
      • In early episodes his lack of a relationship and his frustration and annoyance at being alone was frequently referenced. Where it became a running gag however was when fans would ask questions about being single they would direct the question specifically at Griffin, or even worse, when asking about romantic relationships they would explicitly apologise to or exclude Griffin from answering. This has stopped since he entered into a serious romantic relationship.
  • 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.
  • Something Completely Different: Occasional episodes will not just add a little variable but change the formula so much that the brothers are out of their element. The biggest example is probably episode 400, where Jimmy Buffett invites them to be media on the red carpet premiere of Escape to Margaritaville. The brothers spend their time at the event unsuccessfully wrestling with their crippling social anxiety, nervously asking celebrities questions like "What's the scariest sea creature?", and wondering whether this assignment is Buffett being friendly or deliberately torturing them.
  • Special Guest: Several episodes feature a "guestspert" who joins the brothers to answer questions about their area of expertise. Past guestsperts include lesbian comedienne (and fellow Maximum Fun family of podcasts member) Cameron Esposito, gay sex columnist Dan Savage of "Savage Love," Broadway's Lin-Manuel Miranda, rock musician Jonathan Roderick (of The Long Winters), Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, comedian Bill Corbett, comedian Jonah Ray, and most recently musician Jimmy Buffett (who Justin is a huge fan of).
  • The Stinger: Some episodes feature one, usually 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, usually at the end of the year. (In order to shoot a live Candlenights episode for their TV show, for 2016 it was held in September—and then the episode aired in February of 2017.)

Alternative Title(s): MBM Ba M

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