Desus Nice remembers that while he had known The Kid Mero for years, it would be a while before they actually started to physically work side by side. “We started with the Bodega Boys podcast on Complex. We had been interacting through Twitter but it wasn’t until Complex that we were physically working alongside each other.We also knew each other from hanging in the Bronx and junior high,” Desus says. He continues, “We always figured we would reunite. We thought it would be in jail but instead it’s on late night TV!” His partner Mero adds, “It was on a lark. Some people said, ‘Those guys have good chemistry together on Twitter, so let’s give them a podcast!'”
Their show, “Desus & Mero,” airs on the Viceland cable network. It debuted in mid-October last year and airs Monday through Thursday. The show is simply the two hosts sharing their thoughts on the events of the day, while their crew laughs in the background, as well as a chat with their guest. They have welcomed musicians (Charlamagne tha God, Fat Joe, Faith Evans), news personalities (Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes) and entertainers (Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson).
The road to their current show came through producer Erik Rydholm and Viceland’s president of programming, Nick Weidenfeld, who were both personal fans of the duo. Desus recalls the two saying, “We want to take what you do with the podcast and make a TV show directly based off that.” Desus is really happy that they have been allowed to develop the show on their own terms, especially considering that most networks will bring a show in but then try to mold it to fit their own image.
Of all the episodes that they have done so far in their run, Mero is very proud and amazed by the interview they did with Oscar winner Goldberg (Best Supporting Actress for “Ghost,” 1990). “She is one of those people like Tom Hanks. She’s not even an actor. She’s like an American icon. I can’t even explain it,” Mero says. He adds that her graciousness in doing their program along with her actually being a fan of theirs made the experience all the more sublime. The fact that people are getting into the show and are excited to actually appear as guests is still a real thrill for them.
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