If the late night talk show scene has you feeling a little bored (look, there are a lot of Jimmy’s to keep track of now), you should brace yourself for the irreverent and topical riffing of Desus & Mero.
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If you think those names ring a bell, chances are you’ve come across them in your travels either in the form of their early podcast (Bodega Boys), or in a short-lived series on Viceland (also called Desus & Mero). Now, our eyeballs are being blessed with the introduction of their weekly series on Stan.
Desus & Mero is not the likes of a late night show you’ve seen before – this is definitely not a solo effort, and the two Bronx-born hosts equally command attention, riffing off each other with the ease that you only have when you’ve spent years developing a rapport.
With a mixture of scripted and off-the-cuff observational comedy, you can expect something very different with each episode. It’s raw, candid and will fast become one of those shows that’ll have you discussing what was said to your co-workers the next day.
And if the hosts themselves aren’t enough to get you excited, brace yourself for a line-up of guests that will genuinely have you sitting back in your seat amazed that they’ve amassed this calibre of talent all in one show.
Kicking off the season with Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, and with guests across the next few episodes including John Legend, Lupita Nyong’o, Jordan Peele and Stacey Abrams, you can tell that this is not a show that’s afraid to talk about the serious issues – and highlight the need for representation on television at the same time.
Despite the new format, it’s definitely still got vibes of the original Bodega Boys podcast. From the same tongue-in-cheek (to outright cheeky) comedy, to the serious nature of the topics at hand, it’s just your boys on a grander scale, coming to you weekly instead of daily.
While it may seem like a step back to go from daily content to weekly content, it actually works in their favour by allowing more time to really refine the show and craft a more production-heavy second half of skits and written content.
Besides, you’ll still hear Desus and Mero both riff nonstop for the first half, so you get the best of both worlds (which is really the point, anyway).
As you’ll often hear them saying: the brand is strong.
Desus & Mero is now streaming on Stan, same day as the US.