Ode to Desus and Mero, Eternal Kings of New York


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So Desus and Mero broke up. Their great late-night talk show Showtime has come to an end after four rather groundbreaking seasons. They are obviously very angry at each other. It’s destructive. (Anna Kendrick is reported to be tangentially involved; that part is just confusing.) Word destructive is not a hyperbole. It’s a legitimate “Love is Dead” or “Friendship is Dead” or “Perfect Talk Show Host – Chemistry is Dead” moment. Even if you admit that this is all a classic parasocial projection, it’s still, just using the word again is destructive. To be honest, I don’t want to talk about it.

Instead, I’d like to talk about how Desus and Mero first made me cry with laughter about two minutes and 30 seconds into the first episode of everything they’ve ever released. December 2013 Episode 1 (titled “WORLD PREMIERE”) Desus vs. Merochaotic new Difficult a podcast that seemingly randomly teamed up two colossally outgoing and extremely online guys in the early 30s from the Bronx named Desus Nice (aka Daniel Baker, single) and Kid Mero (aka Joel Martinez, married, has a two children). “I feel like I have a lot more to offer than Twitter,” Kid Mero said in The newspaper “New York Times profile earlier that year, in a rare moment of hilarious understatement. (I mean, the understated part was rare.)

Title of the podcast Desus vs. Mero implied a rivalry, or at least healthy competition, but no, it became clear within 150 seconds that Desus and Mero were in fact an unbreakable and unbeatable partnership with undeniably the best podcast-host chemistry in podcast history. I understand, however: Desus and Mero vs. world would be a more clumsy title. In any case, their first target was Jay Cole, whose new album was immediately and enthusiastically compared to the noise of the rainforest, the sounds of nature at the airport and the “lyrical Nykil”.

Desus: “Each verse is like a cup of warm cinnamon milk and you put your head on your grandmother’s chest.”

Mero: “They sell his CD at Bed Bath & Beyond.” (Sometimes I’ll paraphrase a bit here.)

Desus: “Straight ahead when you enter. He is per. Bed Bat and Jay Cole. His album comes out in the format “king, queen, full …”

Mero: “[Laughs uproariously.] “Hey, how many threads are on his album, dog?”

Desus: “Fucking Egyptian flax for a thousand bills.”

At this point I am crying with laughter. I guess I started just when Mero started laughing. I clearly remember this moment: I was walking around my neighborhood, it was frosty, I dodged ice floes on the sidewalk, putting my hands in my coat pockets, headphones in my ears, shaking with laughter, tears freezing on my face. . I remember crossroads I was passing by when it all started. Sorry to say this about me, but that’s how parasocial relationships work. I repeat again: the best chemistry between podcast hosts in the history of podcasts, two minutes and a transition to their first episode. Ampersand in Desus and Mero became a brilliant, joyous, bulletproof, seemingly permanent fixture.

Everything Desus and Mero did from that moment on seemed inevitable, necessary, irreplaceable. Difficult podcast (invented, by the way, by a real genius and former call cohort of Donnie Kwak) ran for 40+ episodes and spawned a companion web series. The couple then launched their own blockbuster. Bodega Boyswhich had over 250 episodes of phenomenal camaraderie (“The Brand Is Strong!”) up until November 2021. Meanwhile: They hosted the ecstatically chaotic late-night TV talk show Viceland, Desus and Mero, which launched in October 2016 and ran until June 2018 when they moved the circus to Showtime, something approaching big time. Updated Desus and Mero premiered on Showtime in 2019 with AOC as the first guest. It was fantastic, but still chaotic, still loose, still just two guys talking rubbish, still two of the funniest guys on planet Earth making each other funnier right in front of you, just for you. Desus, Mero and you.

Among all this, choose your favorite moment. your favorite goal, I believe. Desus and Mero vs. Ben Carson or Anthony Scaramucci or DJ Akademiks or DJ Akademiks as well as Joe Budden. On Showtime, they interviewed Barack and Denzel and Issa and (!!!) Shea and Bernie and Maxine and dozens of other luminaries by name, all as their own brand (which also included the 2020 book). called Knowledge Level Darts) only intensified. Even if you weren’t signed to Showtime and/or watched the show religiously, it was very comforting to know that Desus and Mero was there, still raging, still expanding, but still just two seemingly random dudes from the Bronx destined to revolutionize late-night talk shows forever.

It’s not that they weren’t, you know, individuals with their own projects and interests. I winced a bit when Kid Mero showed up in a silly but cute little 2020 Netflix movie called Vampires vs. the Bronxbut here he is playing a surprisingly gentle wine cellar guy, and I was thrilled to see him, although a huge part of his tenderness, his vulnerabilitywas that Desus was nowhere to be seen. What a ridiculous thought to me – what an unfair expectation that these dudes will spend their entire lives carrying that ampersand around. Desus and Mero simply because we could only imagine them together.

Yes, it absolutely sucks. I still don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just wish them both the very best in their certainly fantastic future solo endeavors, and let’s quietly and shyly yearn for the moment when they put aside all personal and possibly Anna Kendrick animosities and reunite, and in the meantime, let’s comfort ourselves. . going back to the very beginning, to the Big Bang, to our dear friend J. Cole. “He is the Beyond” is probably still the funniest thing I’ve ever heard from someone on a podcast. It doesn’t matter which one said it. Let’s say the ampersand said it. So to speak Desus and Mero, in all their incredible iterations, have actually always been Beyond.

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