LISTEN: ‘Desus & Mero’ Stars Talk Making ‘Late Night for the People’

By Sameer Rao Feb 25, 2019

Daniel "Desus Nice" Baker and Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez channeled their upbringing in The Bronx, love of hip hop and shared irreverent humor into a series of acclaimed projects. The self-proclaimed Bodega Boys keep this perspective alive in "Desus & Mero," their new late-night talk show on Showtime. 


rntWhether they’re interviewing United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) or skewering an Oscar-winning film’s White savior narrative, the hosts infuse their work with the perspectives of marginalized communities. Desus described this commitment to NPR yesterday (February 24):


We call it late night for the people because there’s just a demographic of people who do not see themselves represented in late night or don’t see the comedy and information they want represented in late night. So we’re trying to deliver that to people.

Listen to the full interview, then watch the premiere episode: