‘Desus and Mero’: How Two Friends Make Late Night Comedy Seem Effortless

Published on Jun 14, 2019

Last week, there was an episode of “Desus and Mero” so good that Desus Nice and The Kid Mero (the stage names of hosts Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez) knew it as soon as they walked off the set.

“When we’re in the green room afterwards, you can kind of tell. We have fun doing the show, so me and Mero are cracking up afterwards,” Desus said. “We came off and we basically were like, ‘We bodied it.’ It felt like one of our live shows.”

Four months into their run on Showtime, “Desus and Mero” has found a late night sweet spot by staying relaxed. It’s a tricky balancing act to make their conversational riffing feel as spontaneous in the final product as it does in the studio. But part of that success has come from trying not to be too polished.

“In the beginning, we would

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Author: Steve Greene