Pop Culture

Late to the Desus & Mero party, but plan on staying

At the risk of sounding way behind cultural trends or looking white as mayonnaise, I’ve become a fan of Desus & Mero.

I was aware of them before and NBA writer Chris Herring often shows them love on Twitter.

So what took me so long? I don’t know! Maybe because I don’t watch VICELAND that much, but now that they’ve moved to Showtime, I see ads for the show all the time before and after watching Billions.

(By the way, I’ve finished my binge! Just waiting for the second half of Season 5 whenever COVID-19 allows the series to go back into production.)

Part of it is the guys often talk about sports and have sports-related guests on the show, which makes it content worth watching for a notable clip I can write about for Awful Announcing. Like this clip on James Harden and the Blue Lives Matter mask he wore at the 8:14 mark:

Maybe I only watch a show after it’s been profiled in the New Yorker!

desus: It’s so weird, because we thought it would be easier to get guests. But some people have no availability, or they no longer have projects coming out that they’re trying to promote. And you’d be surprised by the number of celebrities who just cannot connect to Zoom. They have no one around them. There’s nothing sadder than a guest you’ve looked up to your whole life, and they have one AirPod in, they’re really close up to the camera, and they can’t get the angles right.

mero: “Do I go into Preferences? Is that what I do?”

Anyway, I’ve started watching and consistently laugh out loud. Among late-night hosts, Jimmy Kimmel is the only one who usually gets me to make actual noise.

But I like the energy of the show and the way they bounce from topic to topic. I can only imagine it’s even better in a non-quarantined version.

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