Adweek Sits Down with Desus and Mero
For Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez), comedy is not just a pastime, it’s a mode of self-expression and cultural commentary that’s explored night after night as they bring viewers endless laughs on screen.
From Twitter quips to late-night scripts, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have grown from online personas to screen-stealing figures, and in a recent feature from Adweek, the two stars took a moment to share their thoughts on all that’s to come.
The piece picks up at the beginning of their careers: Twitter. Like many comedians of today, Desus and Mero see social media as a medium where humor has the ability to shine—but not every tweet is created equal.
“It sounds wild, but most comedians are terrible at Twitter. I have no idea how to explain it. Maybe it’s the format. Maybe it’s people are so used to writing jokes and the joke has to develop and breathe and 180 characters is too constricting for it. But there is a group of people who are funny online and funny on Twitter and funny on Instagram. The problem with social media is making that jump from online to real life, and that’s very hard. I’m not saying [Twitter] made it easier; it just made it different. It’s changed the game with some people,” Desus said.
It certainly changed the game for them. Having garnered attention for their hilarious Twitter presence, the duo began their comedic partnership with their Desus vs. Mero podcast from Complex, eventually developing a web series and joining the cast of MTV’s The Guy Code.
In 2015, the pair launched their own podcast, Bodega Boys, and went on to land a late-night show on Viceland, aptly titled “Desus & Mero.”
After entertaining audiences four nights a week for two seasons, “Desus & Mero” moved from Viceland to Showtime, snagging two weekly slots for the summer season and becoming the premium-cable network’s first late-night talk show—but that’s just the beginning.
Desus and Mero’s Adweek interview gives fans a deeper look into the makings of their comedic power, and there’s certainly no shortage of hilarity throughout the interview. Read more from the piece, here!